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Texas Instruments to Bourns in Bedford: 75 years of Technological Innovation

Opens 20 September 2022

Outside Somewhere in England Gallery – Free Entry


Discover the story behind Bedford’s technological innovation industry over the last 75 years through Texas Instruments and Bourns Ltd. In 1957 Texas Instruments arrived in Bedford and 5 years later moved into their purpose built site on Manton Lane (now Bedford Heights). Texas Instruments made semi-conductors used in mass market products including calculators and computers until 1997 when they closed. In 1997 Power Innovations ran the semi-conductor factory for a few years until it was then sold to Bourns Ltd in 2000. For 22 years Bourns have continued to drive forward Bedford’s technological innovation industry, manufacturing semi-conductor chips and circuits, which we find in our mobile phones and office equipment today.


Changing Times: A Century of Modern British Art

Opening 15 October 2022

Wixamtree, Connections and Sir William Harpur Galleries


This exciting exhibition will merge Bedford’s own Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection with the Ingram Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of Modern British Art in the UK. The exhibition curated by James Russell, of ‘Edward Bawden’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery, will be the first exhibition that uses all three of The Higgins Bedford galleries and will be accompanied by a series of complimentary events.


We Are Ten

Opening 29 April 2023

Wixamtree and Connections Galleries, and throughout The Higgins Bedford


Can you believe we are into double figures?! To celebrate the first decade of The Higgins Bedford, we have invited community groups, organisations and people we have worked with over the years to choose their favourite paintings and prints to exhibit. Keep an eye on our website and social media for ways that you can also take part.


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Quilla Constance - Teasing Out Contingencies

Postponed until Spring 2023

Sir William Harpur Gallery – Free Entry


Experience a new painting-installation by interdisciplinary artist Quilla Constance (aka QC). QC’s artworks for this exhibition are set against opulent interiors from Buckingham Palace and inspired by performative interactions and conversations with the public across London and the South East, through a series of performance workshops at Tate Exchange/Tate Modern in 2019. QC's works for this show also reference her collaboration with presenter-comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan for the TV docuseries 'Rob & Romesh Vs Art', Sky One. 


Supported by Bedford Creative Arts, Bedford College, The Higgins Bedford, and Funded by Arts Council England.