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Edward Bawden and his Studio

 

Edward Bawden and His Studio

11th February 2017 - 28th January 2018

Edward Bawden Gallery

Free Entry

Edward Bawden and his Studio, a new exhibition showcasing the work of influential British artist and designer Edward Bawden (1903–1989)

During the eight years prior to his death in 1989, the renowned watercolourist, printmaker, illustrator, designer and former Official War Artist Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to Bedford. From the walls of his house, the insides of cupboards and the drawers of his plan chest came adverts for Fortnum & Mason, Ealing Comedy posters, plates for Wedgwood, letters and photographs; an entire life’s work. This new exhibition will focus on Bawden’s life in the studio, through his letters, photographs and most importantly his work.

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Blue-Sky Thinking: The Shorts Brothers' Airships 

6th May 2017 - 17th September 2017

Free Entry

2017 celebrates the centenary of airships being built here in Bedfordshire. The Shorts Brothers started building R.31, the first of their airships, at the Cardington sheds in 1917, as well as building homes for workers in the village that still heralds their name today, ‘Shortstown’.  Discover the story of three remarkable brothers; Oswald, Eustace and Horace and their vision for a British airship industry.  Come and understand more about the Zeppelin airship raids of WW1 and the impact of early airships on Bedfordshire and the wider world

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Romance and Rebellion: The Art of the Victorians

6th May 2017 - 17th September 2017

Free Entry

This new exhibition drawn from the internationally acclaimed Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection is romp through Victorian art. No other period in art history has been so full of stylistic extremes from the older traditional artists to the Aesthetes, the Pre-Raphaelites to the Decadents and the Social Satirists to the Exquisites. The exhibition charts the period chronological showing how these styles grew and flourished alongside one another. The exhibition features the work of J.M.W. Turner, Frederic, Lord Leighton, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, Richard Dadd and Aubrey Beardsley.

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