22nd September – 16th December 2018: The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective
15th November 2018: The Young Turner Curator’s Talk
29th September, 27th October, 24th November, 15th December: Saturday Gallery Tours
The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective, a touring exhibition from the Ashmolean Museum, opens at The Higgins Bedford on 22nd September 2018. The exhibition is free to visit and is accompanied by a series of exciting talks and tours.
To celebrate a successful campaign to acquire JMW Turner’s unrivalled painting of ‘The High Street, Oxford’, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund; the Ashmolean Museum are touring this exhibition. It will explore the young Turner’s interest in architecture and the development of his skills in the art of perspective.
On the 15th November, 2.30pm join the curator of The Young Turner, Helen Cobby, at The Higgins Bedford to explore Turner’s extensive connections and artistic output relating to Oxford and its nearby areas, the artist’s developing skill in handling perspective and architectural subjects, and possible influences on his work during the early part of his career. Booking is essential for this event and tickets will cost £5.70 with concessions at £4.60
Saturday Gallery Tours will take place throughout the year on 29th September, 27th October, 24th November and the 15th December, with volunteer and Tate tour guide Andrew Rodgers for a half an hour introductory gallery tour of The Young Turner exhibition. All tours begin at 2pm until 2.30pm and will be free for all to enjoy.
Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council said ‘It’s so exciting to see these world-class Turners here on our doorstep and to be working in partnership with the Ashmolean Museum. Turner always brings in the crowds and we’re sure this exhibition will be very popular.’