Abstract Britain

The Higgins Bedford

25 April – 27 September 2015

Follow the absorbing journey of British art into abstraction.

William Scott, Orange and Red, 1957

Abstraction was never a single movement in Britain; rather a vast variety of styles used by artists who used non-figurative representation for very different reasons. Just over half a century ago, it was still viewed with a fair dose of suspicion. In a 1962 blunder Prince Philip, while looking at one of the canvases by the pioneering abstract artist, William Scott, remarked: ‘Are you sure it’s the right way up?’.

Drawn entirely from the Cecil Higgins Collection, this exhibition celebrates the incredible journey of abstract art in Britain; from early roots in the artist colony of St Ives through to modern-day works. Visitors can expect to see pieces by abstract-art giants such as Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, William Scott and Howard Hodgkin.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Sun and Bank Holiday Mon, 2pm – 5pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)