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Join the friends of The Higgins BedfordJoining The Friends of The Higgins Bedford

The Friends organisation plays an important part in the life of the art gallery and museum, and individual members enjoy an excellent range of benefits; joining the Friends will put you at the heart of The Higgins Bedford.

 

How The Friends support The Higgins Bedford:

 

  • By contributing funds to support the work of The Higgins Bedford
  • By fostering general interest in The Higgins Bedford
  • By providing volunteers

 

Membership Rates and How To Join

  • £25 annual individual membership
  • £40 annual joint membership
  • £10 annual student membership

 

To become a member of the Friends, please complete and return the application form, and either fill out the standing order form, or send us your cheque.

The subscription year runs from 1st September.

 

You can download the latest membership application form here.

Download the latest Friends newsletter here.

Download the latest Friends programme of events here.


 

Lectures 2017-18

Meetings start promptly at 7.30pm at The Higgins Bedford (No booking required)

Tickets - Friends £3, Guests £8

 

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Peter Gutteridge – Nelson in Naples.

Peter Gutteridge will explore one of the most intriguing periods of the great naval hero’s life, the years 1798 and 1799, when he suppressed the Jacobin rebellion in Naples with uncharacteristic brutality, and began one of the great romances of history, his relationship with Emma Hamilton

 

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Margaret Badley – Lady Margaret Beaufort

A key figure in the Wars of the Roses, and the great matriarch of the House of Tudor, Lady Margaret Beaufort (1441/3-1509), was known for her extreme piety and also for her extreme ambition.

 

Tuesday 5th December 2017

James Russell – Art and Life in Santa Fe

A mixture of art talk and travelog, James Russell’s lecture is based on two decades’ personal experience of a unique art colony. Nowhere else in the USA have Native American, Spanish and Anglo cultures grown side by side as they have in Santa Fe.

 

Wednesday 10th January 2018

Derek Niemann – Ancient Woodlands

To accompany the exhibition ‘A Walk in the Woods’, Derek Niemann will take us on a tour of our ancient woodland, explaining its ecology, lamenting its losses, and signalling some optimism for the future.

 

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Susie Moore – Jan Wyck

Susie Moore will introduce us to the work of Jan Wyck, a Dutch artist who forged a career at the English court and, with other Flemish expatriate painters, provided and catalyst for the development of a great tradition of military and naval art in Britain.

 

Tuesday 20th February 2018 , 12 noon

Gordon Cummings – The Fry Art Gallery

Hidden down a quiet path, in the shadow of the 15th century Saint Mary’s Church, is the Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Waldon, which holds and outstanding collection of works by North West Essex artists, and concentrates on the group who have come to be known as The Bardfield Artists.

 

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Julia Fischel and Dr Robert Travers – John Armstrong

John Rutherford Armstrong (1893-1973) was a British artist and muralist who also deisgned for film and theatre and became well known for his Surrealist paintings which owe something to his European contemporaries, but also have an unmistakably English feel.

 

Tuesday 10th April 2018

Professor Frances Spalding – What art taught literature: Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf

‘On or about December 1910’ wrote Virginia Woolf, ‘human character changed’. She wasn’t writing about politics or impending war, but about an art exhibition, organised by critic and painter Roger Fry, at London’s Grafton Galleries.

 

Tuesday 29th May 2018

Robin Ravillious – A Chronicle of Rural Life: James Ravilious’s photographs of North Devon in the 19070s and 80s

‘I know of no other presentation of a particular place and people which is a broad and as captivating as James Ravillious’s photographs of North Devon’ wrote Olive Cook in Matrix 19 (1999), ‘They are the fruit of a quite…unusual humility and warmth of spirit’