One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People

Jennifer Higgie, the renowned writer and critic, presents a highly personal selection of figurative paintings from the Arts Council Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of modern and contemporary British art. Through these works, Higgie teases out common themes, from joy and loneliness to storytelling and theatricality, exploring the limits of painting and figurative representation.

One Day, Something Happens presents a personal journey through contemporary figurative art, and includes an illuminating essay by Higgie, alongside interviews in which she discusses the practice of figurative paintings with five of the featured artists.

Essay and interviews by Jennifer Higgie


AVAILABLE TO BUY via Southbank Centre Shop


Imprint: Arts Council collection at Southbank Centre (London)

ISBN Code: 978 1 85332 330 0

Paperback, 176 pages, 27 x 24 cm, 47 illustrations

Publication Date:2015


One Day Something Happens was an Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition



The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With more than 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyond. This website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.