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Featured local exhibitions

currently at the higgins, bedford

Edward Bawden: Artist Plantsman - to 15 January 2023 Visit the Edward Bawden Gallery to explore Bawden’s love of plants and gardens. 

Body & Soul - to 2 October 2022 This exhibition explores artists’ depictions of women over the past two centuries. It includes works by Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Dora Carrington, Stanley Spencer, Henri Matisse, Gwen John, Roy Litchenstein and Chila Burman.

Archipelago: Take Part Queen’s Park Community Exhibition - to 12 June 2022 This exhibition celebrates the vibrancy of Queen’s Park using film, embroidery and clay, curated by artist Caroline Wendling in collaboration with residents as part of the Take Part Queen’s Park project.

Featured national exhibition

The Credit Suisse Exhibition at the national gallery: Raphael - Until 31 July 2022

Raphael died young, aged 37, of fever but in a relatively short life emerged as one of the great painters of the Renaissance and an inspirational figure for future generations. He was truly versatile working as a painter, draughtsman, architect, archaeologist, and poet.

As the  National Gallery  states, "this exhibition, one of the first ever to explore Raphael's complete career, looks at his celebrated paintings and drawings as well as his work in architecture, poetry, and design for sculpture, tapestry and prints".

There is a  useful article by Siân Walters  about Raphael on the Arts Society website. She is also providing us with a lecture on Raphael later this year.