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Blunt Blades

Blunt Blades

11 November 2021 – 30 October 2022

The Higgins House – Free Entry


Leading visual artist Arabel Lebrusan explores our complex relationships with knives and their variety of roles in this new display.  


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Informed by years of research after Arabel received three crates of confiscated knives and weapons from Bedfordshire Police in 2013, this display explores whether the meaning of an object can be re-established and transformed to evoke different emotions.


The display features seven new works in a variety of mediums, including photography, sculpture, jewellery, drawings and audio, delving into the commonly held perception of knives from specialised tools in everyday jobs to status symbols and deadly weapons, and transforming their meanings.


Drawing from a selection of over 40 historic examples of blades from The Higgins Bedford’s collections, the display is accompanied by Tales of Blunt Blades, a publication of short stories. Members of the public and amateur writers were invited to pen new histories and narratives for the culturally significant objects, giving a voice to individuals in the community with a story to tell, as well as encouraging them to consider the varied roles of knives. You can pick up a free copy of Tales of Blunt Blades at The Higgins Bedford.


Click here to pre-book your FREE timed entry ticket online to visit The Higgins Bedford. If you are unable to book online, please telephone the Box Office on 01234 718044 - line available Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm. 


Visitors can view Blunt Blades online at which features information about the artist and the artworks on display.


There will also be a programme of workshops exploring the various roles of knives to accompany the display which will be scheduled for 2022. Please keep an eye on this page for updates. 


Image: A selection of police-confiscated knives and utensils, © Arabel Lebrusan