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Follow the absorbing journey of British art into abstraction.

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.

The Higgins Bedford

Castle Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3XD

01234 718618


Opening times

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

Free to all

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