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Body & Soul

Body & Soul

2 April - 2 October 2022

Wixamtree and Connections Gallery – Free Entry


Edvard Munch- Body and Soul

 Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Woman with a Brooch (Madonna), 1903 © Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery


Drawn from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection, explore how women have been represented in art over the past two centuries.


Through a selection of sculptures, prints, oils and watercolours, this exhibition examines how beauty and femininity has been celebrated and challenged through the ages, and encourages visitors to question their own modern perceptions.


Many of the artworks are by male artists' and range from the soulful to the physical. Women are seen as objects of desire for the ‘male gaze’ and passive vehicles of male creativity, but they are also recognised as creative people in their own right, going beyond traditional stereotypes.


The female artists’ representations of women in the exhibition are vastly different to their male counterparts, showing a deeper insight into women’s experiences. 


Dora Carrington, Mrs Box © Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery

 Dora Carrington (1893-1932), Mrs Box, 1919 © Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery


Highlights in the exhibition include artworks by Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Dora Carrington, Stanley Spencer, Henri Matisse, Gwen John, Roy Lichtenstein, Lucian Freud and Chila Burman.


Nina Hamnett’s drawing, the most recent acquisition to the collections will also be on display at The Higgins Bedford for the very first time. 


A fully coloured catalogue offering an in-depth view of the artworks with essays by the curators is also available from The Higgins Bedford shop. 




Creation Station for Teens - Summer Holiday Activity


Drypoint Etching with Katie Allen

Tuesday 9 August

Workshops at 11:15am, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£5, Booking Essential


CS teens Etch KA


Make your own miniature intaglio etching inspired by the Body and Soul exhibition.


Recommended for ages 12+. Children 12 and over do not need to be accompanied.


  • Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
  • Book online or call the Box Office on 01234 718044
  • Please use the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee.
  • Accompanying adults go free and do not need to book a place.
  • Please email if you need to cancel your place.
  • We are sorry, but cancelled tickets cannot be refunded.


Friends Lecture: Body & Soul - Professor Christiana Payne and Dr Mary O’Neill 

Tuesday 6 September, 12pm

Members Free, Non-Members £10 (Pay at Front Desk)


As part of The Friends of The Higgins Bedford lecture series, join curators Professor Christiana Payne and Dr Mary O’Neill to explore the themes of the Body & Soul exhibition. Professor Payne is the author of Pre-Raphaelites: Drawings and Watercolours and curator of the exhibition of the same name at the Ashmolean Museum. Art Historian Dr O’Neill is a researcher and author; she has most recently contributed to a collection of essays on Henry Scott Tuke for Watts Gallery Artists’ Village.