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Celebrating Women of Bedfordshire

10th March – 23rd September 2018

Free Entry


Celebrating Women of Bedfordshire PosterThis spring The Higgins Bedford celebrates the achievements of women of Bedfordshire with a new exhibition. It is 100 years since the Representation of the People Act allowed some women to vote for the first time. The exhibition will reflect on women in Bedfordshire’s achievements in those 100 years. From aviators to opera singers, designers to engineers, and rugby players to Suffragettes Bedfordshire has a long history of great women. Find out more >







Where is your happy place?
An exhibition of children’s work from The Harpur Trust Art Competition

Saturday 16th June to Sunday 26th August

Sir William Harpur Gallery– Entry Free


The Harpur Trust is proud to present this exciting exhibition of work produced by local children and young people aged 4-18 years as part of its biennial Art Competition.  To support the exhibition, the Trust employed a team of working artists to run workshops within 30 borough schools, often working to music to explore the idea of wellbeing and mindfulness.  The result is a colourful and dreamlike display of work conveying their inner most thoughts and feelings.

See all of the entries here >


Competition Judges

Tom Perrett (The Higgins Bedford), Dawn Giles (Bedford Creative Arts), Suresh Dutt (Sculptor and Harpur Trust Grant recipient), Hannah Birkett, (The Arts Society North Bedfordshire).

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Bawden’s Beasts

From 10th February 2018 to 27th January 2019

Edward Bawden Gallery – Free Entry

Edward Bawden (1903-1989) Aesop's Fables: Ant and Grasshopper, 1970 Copyright The Edward Bawden Estate


Celebrated artist Edward Bawden’s lifelong preoccupation with all manner of creatures – from delicate insects to farm grazers and domestic pets, and from exotic jungle and desert dwellers to fantastical shape-shifting beasts – are the focus of this enchanting exhibition drawn from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection. 

Read more about the exhibition here>



Break The Stigma - Art display challenging prejudice and discrimination around mental health

The Higgins Bedford celebrated World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2017 with the launch of our new mindful art display, created by service users and people with a lived experience of mental health issues. The artwork was created over a series of workshops in partnership with Dr Ben Salmons; Break the Stigma Campaign lead at East London NHS foundation and Damon Poulton; local artist.

The art, and creative writing/poetry about the works are on display outside the Settlement Gallery.


To see other activities at the Higgins relating to wellbeing click here.


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