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A Walk in the Woods - A Celebration of Trees in British Art

 

Image credit: George Price Boyce (1826 – 1897) At Binsey

near Oxford, 1862, watercolour on paper.

 

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A Walk in the Woods - A celebration of Trees in British Art

30th September 2017 - 25th February 2018

Wixamtree Gallery

Free Entry

 

This autumn, The Higgins Bedford pays homage to the tree with a new exhibition celebrating the role of trees and woodland in British landscape painting. Drawn from the world-famous Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection, some forty watercolours, drawings and prints from the past two centuries will be on show and will include works by John Constable, John Sell Cotman, Edward Lear, Samuel Palmer, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Lucian Freud. The show will highlight the importance and enduring popularity of trees in art, and explore various themes which have evolved in artists’ depictions of nature: magical and dreaming trees, trees in the countryside, the pleasures of woods and the lure of the exotic.

The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.

 

Related Events

 

Lunchtime Talk with Christiana Payne

Thursday 9th November 12 noon – 1pm

The Castle Room

Free event

Booking essential

Join curator of A Walk in the Woods Christiana Payne, author of ‘Silent Witnesses: Trees in British Art 1760-1870’ and Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University for this lunchtime lecture. Christiana will discuss the work of well-loved artists featured in the exhibition including Paul Sandby, John Constable, Samuel Palmer and Edward Lear, all of whom made themselves experts in the drawing and painting of trees.

Sponsored by Oxford Brookes University

 

Lunchtime Talk with Derek Niemann

Wednesday 10th January 12 noon – 1pm

The Castle Room

Tickets - Friends £3 Guests £8

As part of the Friends of The Higgins lecture series, author Derek Niemann will be giving a local twist to a national story based on his book ‘A Tale of Trees – The Battle to Save Britain’s Ancient Woodland’. We are a nation that loves its ancient woods and trees. But only a generation ago we were all set to wipe them out. How and why did this happen, and what happened next? Derek will explain.

 

A Walk in the Woods Study Day

Saturday 20th January 10.30am – 2.30pm

£20 Including lunch and tea or coffee on arrival

Booking essential

Tickets are available from the Corn Exchange Box Office

01234 718044 or http://www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/

 

This study day brings together speakers to explore further the subject of trees in British art. The day will start at 10.30 with refreshments and registration followed by talks by  Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, author of ‘Silent Witnesses: Trees in British Art 1760-1870’  and co-curator of A Walk in the Woods; Fiona Stafford, Professor of English Language and Literature University of Oxford, presenter of The Meaning of Trees on BBC Radio 3, and author of the acclaimed ‘The Long Long Life of Trees’, a tribute to the diversity of trees. After a break for lunch we will hear from David Boyd Haycock, freelance writer, lecturer and curator specialising in British cultural history of the twentieth century. Author of ‘Paul Nash’ and ‘A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War’, David is currently writing a book called ‘A Grand Epoch: Young British Artists and the End of the Century’ for Tate Publishing. 

There will be time at the end to visit the exhibition.

 

British Sign Language Exhibition Tour and Workshop with Access Bedford

Saturday 10th February 11am - 1pm

The Higgins Bedford

Free event (Booking essential)

Join Peter and Carla from Access Bedford for this Deaf BSL tour of A Walk in the Woods, followed by an art workshop. For more information check http://www.accessbedford.wordpress.com/

This is a British Sign Language only event – no oral instruction will be given. To book your place please email thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk

 

Saturday 10 Minute Tours

Wixamtree Gallery

Free event, no need to book

Join Higgins volunteer and Tate tour guide Andrew Rodgers, for a lightening quick tour of A Walk in the Woods exhibition.

16th December - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

6th January - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

13th January - 3pm and 4.30pm

27th January - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

10th February - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

17th February - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

24th February - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm