A Walk in the Woods: a Celebration of Trees in British Art
Opens 30th September
This autumn, The Higgins Bedford pays homage to the tree with a new exhibition celebrating the role of trees and woodland in British landscape painting. Drawn from the world-famous Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection, some forty watercolours, drawings and prints from the past two centuries will be on show and will include works by John Constable, John Sell Cotman, Edward Lear, Samuel Palmer, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Lucian Freud. The show will highlight the importance and enduring popularity of trees in art, and explore various themes which have evolved in artists’ depictions of nature: magical and dreaming trees, trees in the countryside, the pleasures of woods and the lure of the exotic.
The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.
If, like us, you are a little bit in love with Alice Pattullo’s poster for this exhibition, it’s available to buy from the Higgins shop.
Wednesday 25th October, 11am – 1pm then 2 – 4pm drop in
The Higgins Bedford
Free event, no need to book
Join local artist Lisa Tilley for a free drop-in art activity inspired by the beautiful paintings of trees in A Walk in the Woods. Using leaf printing, leaf rubbings and even embroidery you will be able to make your own beautiful tree portrait.
Sponsored by Oxford Brookes University
Check the Higgins website and Facebook for more half-term tree-related activities.