Detail of fruit and flowers from a ceramic from the Museum collection
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‘Burning Belief’ By Anthony Clark A.R.C.A
27 February – 1 May 2016
Featuring over 50 paintings, drawings and etchings by the renowned artist Anthony Clark...more

The Dales Pony – 100 years of Service
From the mid-19th century to the end of the second world war, thousands of Dales ponies were to be seen in our northern and midland towns...more

English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent
14 May - 25 September 2016
This exhibition celebrates nearly five hundred years of English female beauty, from  the court beauties of the 17th century to the society ladies of Edwardian England. Featuring two wonderful portraits by Anthony Van Dyck of Olivia Boteler Porter, depicting her as beauty of the court of Charles I alongside a range of English beauties depicted through the years...more

From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha
21 May - 18 September 2016
This vibrant, colourful exhibition is coming to The Bowes Museum from the British Museum. The exhibition centres on a large stone sculpture of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, depicted standing on a lotus petal. The arch supporting the figure is decorated with the mask of a lion, flanked by aquatic monsters..more

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
11 June - 9 October 2016
This exhibition, organised by the V&A, will display more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Prada, many from the V&A’s unrivalled collection. The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage this stunning exhibition...more

Mark Clarke – Shelf Life: The Ornaments are Talking to Me
8 October – 12 February 2017
Belfast born artist Mark Clarke ponders the themes of life, love and loss. His poetic interpretations of the homemade shrine explore ideas about dementia, obsession, good and bad taste, collecting and fine art versus outsider art.

Spain and Italy: artistic encounters
15 October – 12 March 2017
The display will explore the ways in which Spanish and Italian artists were able to elaborate, transform and adapt the foreign models and styles to their painterly traditions.