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Dreams and Nightmares


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Dreams and Nightmares

12th October 2019 - 20th September 2020

Wixamtree and Connections, Free Entry


Discover artists’ depictions of dreams and nightmares in this exhibition drawn from the internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection.


Explore spiritual visions, spectral images, fairies, witches and romantic dreams. Works include Samuel Palmer’s dreams of the village of Shoreham, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s visions of the flames of hell and the literary nightmares of Henry Moore’s Greek myths. Nightmares become reality in Pablo Picasso, Kathe Kollwitz and Francisco Goya’s depictions of war whereas fairies and goblins run riot in the watercolours of Richard ‘Dickie’ Doyle and Arthur Rackham. There is something for everyone in Dreams and Nightmares.


Working in collaboration with Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.


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Dreams and Nightmares Exhibition Catalogue


The Dreams and Nightmares fully illustrated catalogue is available from the Museum Shop. Published in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and written by co-curators Christiana Payne and Victoria Partridge, the catalogue details the featured art and artists, giving an in-depth view of the works in the exhibition including William Blake's The Good and Evil Angels Struggling for Possession of a Child and JMW Turner's Great Falls of the Reichenbach.




Co-Curator Victoria Partridge, Keeper of Fine and Decorative Art at The Higgins Bedford, said “The beautifully designed catalogue will offer visitors, not only a deeper insight into the exhibition, but a memento of the amazing art collection we have here in Bedford”.