At the Higgins this month:
Three new exhibitions launch this autumn, each significant and sure to be popular with locals and visitors from further afield.
The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective
22nd September – 16th December 2018
Sir William Harpur Gallery
JMW Turner’s unrivalled painting of The High Street, Oxford is visiting Bedford. Celebrating a successful campaign by the Ashmolean Museum to acquire this masterful view of Oxford, the painting is accompanied by an exhibition exploring the young Turner’s interest in architecture and the development of his skills in the art of perspective.
‘Paved with Gold’: Bedford’s Windrush Generation
6th October 2018 – 24th March 2019
This year will mark the 70th anniversary of The Empire Windrush’s arrival from the Caribbean to England. The Higgins Bedford will showcase the memories of the people who settled in Britain in 1948 and after. This exhibition will present a narrative of the challenges they faced and the contributions they made to Britain.
The museum collaborated with The Higgins Black History Panel, The University of Hertfordshire, The Retired Caribbean Nurses Association and members of the public to collect the stories, artefacts, and photographs presented in this exhibition.
We Are Five – The Higgins Art Collection Favourites chosen by the people of Bedford
6th October 2018 – 24th March 2019
To celebrate five years since The Higgins Bedford opened they have asked communities, organisations and individuals that have worked with the museum to help choose paintings and prints for this exhibition. Participants have chosen from Bedford’s internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Art Gallery collection. The exhibition represents a great chance to see highlights from the collection as well as works that have not been on display in recent years.
The Higgins Bedford, Castle Ln, Bedford MK40 3XD thehigginsbedford.org.uk
At the Forest Centre, Forest of Marston Vale
Lots going on in the great outdoors at the Forest of Marston Vale. Wellies recommended!
Free, no need to book. Most walks start at Reception but some elsewhere – see notice board or ring 01234 767037.
Woodland Lantern Making
Tuesday 23 October
Make a willow and tissue lantern.
Booking and details at 01234 767037
Kids’ Halloween Disco
Wednesday 24 October / Thursday 25 October 5pm to 7pm
£8 per child
Bedford Film Society – new season and new venue
Bedford Film Society has moved to a new venue in the Main Theatre, University of Bedfordshire on Polhill Avenue. This year’s season starts on Wednesday 3rd October at 7.30pm with the award winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Twenty films will be shown during the year including some of the most popular recent releases, art house films and the occasional classic film.
Crowhurst (17 October), Happy End (24 October) and A Ghost Story (31 October).
All shows start at 7.30pm
Membership is £49 for the year, with reductions for concessions. Non members can pay £4.50 on the door.
Bedford Film Society University Of Bedfordshire Theatre, Polhill Avenue, MK42 9TR
Sweeney Ents Presents:
The Little Mix Experience
Wednesday 24 October, show at 6pm
Bedford Corn Exchange
Tickets £14.50 in advance
Back by popular demand after a sell-out show in 2017, The Little Mix Experience returns to Bedford Corn Exchange for a half term treat. If someone in your house is a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to L.O.V.E. The Little Mix Experience!
With breath-taking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits including DNA, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song and many, many more.
Tickets: bedfordcornexchange.com.uk or in person from the Box Office in the Harpur Suite 01234 718044
Skeptics in the Pub:
How to be Reasonable… By Someone Who Tried Everything Else
Thursday 18 October at 7.30pm
North End Social Club, Roff Avenue, Bedford, MK41 7TW
Rebecca Fox was not born reasonable. She grew up believing many strange things and has had to train herself to think critically. Instead of being embarrassed by our former beliefs Rebecca thinks it is important to have compassion for and interest in what we used to believe and why we believed it. Instead of feeling shame for having been wrong, we should be proud that we had the courage to overturn beliefs that proved to be wrong. Drawing on her experience as a skeptical educator and comic book artist she will present some ideas that will help you improve your critical thinking skills and the way you think about how you think.