Abstract Britain

Follow the absorbing journey of British art into abstraction.

William Scott, Orange and Red, 1957 © The William Scott Foundation

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 details

The Higgins Bedford Castle Lane, Bedford Bedfordshire MK40 3XD 01234 718618 www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

Entry details

Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

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

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