Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

History of Art Professor co-curates exhibition on trees in art

Monday, 25 September 2017

Bedford Higgins exhibition

Oxford Brookes Professor of Art History, Christiana Payne is to co-curate the forthcoming Bedford Higgins exhibition - ‘A Walk in the Woods: A Celebration of Trees in British Art’. The exhibition opens on the 30th September 2017.

The exhibition will celebrate the role of trees and woodland in British landscape painting, and is funded by the ‘Friends of the Higgins Bedford’. Speaking about her passion for the show, Christiana said “The show will highlight the importance and enduring popularity of trees in art, as well as exploring  various themes which have evolved such as magical trees, countryside trees and the lure of the exotic”. 

The exhibition will include works by Paul Sandby, John Constable, John Sell Cotman, Francis Towne, Peter De Wint, Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash and Lucian Freud. It marks the launch of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People in November 2017.  

Christiana’s previous research has been centred on the representation of landscape. Earlier topics include agricultural landscape and depictions of the coast and sea. More information can be found here

The event is joint with ‘The Sankofa: Bedfordshire’s Black History Uncovered’. 

Please visit here for more information and booking details

Image: 'At Binsey near Oxford', George Price Boyce, 1862.