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Exhibition from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection

The Higgins Bedford presents Dream and Nightmares, an exhibition of artworks drawn from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection.

The exhibition explores artists’ depictions of dreams and nightmares, accompanied by the launch of a fully illustrated catalogue. It is sponsored by Oxford Brookes University and will be free to visit from 12th October 2019 to 22nd March 2020.

Spanning two galleries, visitors are invited to delve into spiritual visions, spectral images, romantic dreams and more. Featured artworks include Samuel Palmer’s dreams of the village of Shoreham and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s visions of the flames of hell. 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.

Co-curator Christiana Payne, professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, said:

“The collection is full of wonderful drawings, watercolours and prints. It is a great privilege to be able to present works by artists I’ve always admired, such as Marc Chagall, Edvard Munch and William Blake.”

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available from the Museum Shop as the exhibition opens on 12 October. Written by co-curators Professor Christiana Payne and Victoria Partridge, the catalogue details the featured art and artists.

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.”

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, said:

“The free Dreams and Nightmares exhibition at the Higgins Bedford showcases some of the finest interpretations of romance, horror and spectacle by world renowned artists.”

There will also be a series of exciting events as part of Dreams and Nightmares, including gallery tours, lunchtime lectures, a British Sign Language tour and workshop, Study Day and holiday activities. Visit to find out more.