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Milk Snatcher, Gerald Scarfe - The Thatcher Drawings
14 March - 7 June 2015
A remarkable exhibition featuring Gerald Scarfe’s drawings of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Horses & Hunting
16 March 2014 - May 2015
A fascinating display on Victorian hunting, horse breeding and racing, assembled by volunteers from the Archive and Library...more

Birds of Paradise: Plumes & Feathers in Fashion
25 October 2014 – 19 April 2015
A tribute to the elegance of feathers used in the fashion industry past and present, featuring extravagant catwalk creations from British, Belgian, French and Italian designers including Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci...more

Confected, Borrowed and Blue
14 February - 12 April 2015

Fighter jets and factory buildings – not what you’d expect to find on your average dinner plate! But in Paul Scott’s hands domestic ceramics mutate into subversive comments on our life and times...more

Julian Opie Collected Works
25 October 2014 - 22 February 2015 
This exhibition brings together the works of Julian Opie with that of his personal collection of works of art from the ancient world and 17th and 18th century British Portraiture

Six Masterpieces of the Spanish Golden Age: Paintings from Madrid, London and York
11 October – 1 February 2015 
Celebrating conservation of the Museum’s important painting The Last Communion of Saint Raymond Nonnatus by Francisco Pacheco

Victorian Childhood
21 June - 7 September 2014
What was life like for a Victorian child? In this fascinating exhibition, objects enable you to compare the lifestyles of rich and poor Victorian children through the key themes: clothing, school, work, play and home life

Changing Times – Fashion Inspired by 1914 – 1918
14 June - 31 August 2014
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War

Hockney, Printmaker
7 June – 28 September 2014
A delightful and entertaining overview of the artist's graphic career to celebrate his 60 years as a printmaker

Shafts of Light - Mining Art in the Great Northern Coalfield
17 May 2014 – 21 September 2014
A salute to a once essential and powerful workforce

godsbridge X
5 April - 6 July 2014
With British Sculptor Tania Kovats as lead artist, 10 selected artists create their response to God's Bridge: a natural limestone formation across the River Greta, high on the Pennines

Manet: Execution of Maxmilian
22 March 2014 - 18 May 2014
Manet’s The Execution of Maximilian comes to the Museum as the first painting in the three-year Masterpiece Tour

Henry Poole & Co. Founder of Savile Row
The Art of Bespoke Tailoring and Wool Cloth
21 September 2013 - 11 May 2014
An exhibition to celebrate the craft of bespoke tailoring by Savile Row family, Henry Poole & Co which opened in 1806 and launched Savile Row. Henry Poole & Co went on to create the tuxedo

Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight
25 January 2014 - 21 April 2014
Born in 1967, one of the Young British Artists, Gavin Turk has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture

How to Hide a Lion!
26 October 2013 - 9 February 2014
An entertaining and interactive exhibition brings to life the stories of acclaimed children’s author, Helen Stephens...more

Laura Ashley: The Romantic Heroine
21 September 2013 - 5 January 2014
To celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2013 of the founding of the Laura Ashley label, this exhibition will celebrate the vision of the romantic heroine that Laura Ashley gave to fashion in the 1960s ...more

The Anglo-Saxons in the North
31 July 2013 - 31 December 2013
Highlighting the Museum’s Anglo-Saxon archaeology collections, in celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospels’ return to the region in 2013 ...more

Dolls, Bears and Robots
29 June 2013 -  8 September 2013
Appealing to families, this extension to the current toy display will create a specific Children’s Room in the Museum’s Streatlam Galleries. More dolls and teddy bears from the collection ...more 

Jeremiah Dixon: Scientist, Surveyor and Stargazer  
27 April 2013 - 6 October 2013
In the year of the 250th anniversary of the commencement of the survey in 1763, of the founding of the Mason-Dixon Line by Cockfield born man, Jeremiah Dixon, the Museum will host an exhibition of ...more

Tim Walker: Dreamscapes 
Sat 25 May 13 - Sun 01 Sep 13
Leading fashion photographer Tim Walker, whose photographs have entranced readers of Vogue for over a decade, is widely acclaimed for his surreal and extravagant settings. Images for this exhibition more...

Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus by Edouard Manet
Wed 24 Apr 13 - Sun 02 Jun 13
Sold in 2011 for £28.5m, Manet’s important portrait was successfully saved for the nation by the Ashmolean Museum and the Art Fund. This major work comes to the Museum on the first stop ...more

Material Remains: Diana Winkfield
16 February 2013 - 8 September 2013
A new exhibition created specifically for The Bowes Museum’s award winning Fashion & Textile Gallery goes on display in the New Year; the first showing of this new body of work in the UK ...more  

Rokeby: Poetry and Landscape; Walter Scott and Turner in Teesdale
Sat 26 Jan 13 - Sun 28 Apr 13
The Bowes Museum’s exhibition Rokeby: (Poetry & Landscape) Walter Scott & Turner in Teesdale, marks the bicentenary of the publication of Scott’s epic poem, Rokeby, a thrilling ...more

Durham County Council Open Art Competition
Sat 02 Mar 13 - Sun 07 Apr 13
This is the fifth year that Durham County Council has staged the open art exhibition, which over the years has grown from strength to strength. The exhibition is now an established annual event that

Titanic Legacy
Sat 01 Dec 12 - Sun 27 Jan 13 
To mark the Centenary Year of the launch of the titanic, students from the Fashion Marketing Degree Course at Northumbria Design were asked to explore and research past historical style in ...more

Beyond Bagpuss - an Artist's Journey
Sat 20 Oct 12 - Sun 17 Feb 13 
Artist Linda Birch, illustrator of Bagpuss & The Clangers , is to have an exhibition of her work at The Bowes Museum, where she holds regular painting classes ...more

Feast your Eyes: The Fashion of Food in Art
Sat 06 Oct 12 - Sun 06 Jan 13
Celebrating the representation of food over the past five centuries, Feast your Eyes will explore fashions in food and drink throughout Europe from the 16th to the 21st Century. Ranging from ...more

Teesdale Open Studios
Sat 08 Sep 12 - Sun 07 Oct 12
See examples of work by all 22 artists taking part in Teesdale Open Studios 2012. Then head out to meet the artists in their studios during Teesdale Open Studios itself. The Fox and ...more

Keith Coventry 'Black Bronze White Slaves'
Sat 14 Jul 12 - Sun 16 Sep 12
The first exhibition to focus exclusively on the bronze sculptures of celebrated artist Keith Coventry opens at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle on 14 July. Coventry is a key member of what has ...more

Joséphine Bowes & The Costumier 
Mon 25 Jun 12 - Fri 06 Jul 12 
Luca Costigliolo, an internationally celebrated theatrical and historical costumier, is re-creating the ball gown that Joséphine Bowes is wearing in her portrait below. The dress is being ...more

Our Sporting Life 
Sat 09 Jun 12 - Mon 27 Aug 12 
Our Sporting Life is a unique and ambitious national celebration of British Sport, with 100 exhibitions being held all over Britain to salute sport from the grass roots to the Olympic podia. Its aim ...more

Stephen Jones: From Georgiana to Boy George
Sat 19 May 12 - Sun 02 Sep 12
One of British Fashion’s best loved characters, whose client list boasts style icons such as French First Lady Carla Bruni alongside pop divas Madonna and Kylie Minogue, is exhibiting a ...more

Complicidades: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera 
Sat 12 May 12 - Sun 24 Jun 12
The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it is the only UK venue to be included in the European tour of this photographic exhibition featuring prominent 20th century Mexican artists ...more

Lucile - Fashion Designer, Titanic Survivor
Sat 14 Apr 12 - Sun 06 Jan 13 
This summer’s show in the Fashion & Textile Gallery at The Bowes Museum features a dress designed by Lucile which spotlights both the glamorous and dangerous worlds of 1912. The ...more

Contemporary Art & Fashion Programme
Sat 14 Apr 12 - Sun 06 Jan 13
An exciting programme of Contemporary Art & Fashion to include: • a stunning wedding gown designed by Titanic survivor, Lucile , Lady Duff Gordon • enigmatic black and white ...more

El Greco In Focus: The Tears of St Peter 
Sat 31 Mar 12 - Sun 29 Apr 12
An exhibition designed to tell and illustrate the Easter story for Christians and Non-Christians, centred on the famous painting by El Greco of ‘The Tears of St.Peter’, bought by John and Joséphine Bowes in the 19th century. The aim is to show it in a religious context, rather than an art historical context. Formerly unseen works by Spanish artists such as José Antolinez (1635-1675) and Angelo Nardi (1584-1663/5) will be on view, as well as marble sculptures from the reserve collections. There will a special section for children, designed to explain the story in a family friendly way.

June Crisfield Chapman: Wood Engravings
Sat 04 Feb 12 - Sun 13 May 12 
Artist, lecturer and writer June Crisfield Chapman is also an experienced wood engraver whose work in this medium is to be the focus of a new exhibition at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle in the in the New Year. 
June follows two main themes in her engravings: plant forms and characters from literature and the theatre. Her awareness of the dramatic possibilities of working in black and white and of the form that is achievable by clear, clean line is the essential nature of her engraving. She finds fascination and inspiration in the various forms of plants, as well as the myth and folklore surrounding medicinal plants. Theatre subjects have also captivated her since she first became enamoured by transformation scenes in pantomimes.

Study, Design & Create: The 98 Lace Group 
Sat 28 Jan 12 - Sun 15 Apr 12 
Stunning works of art by some of the UK’s greatest makers of contemporary lace are to go on display at The Bowes Museum. The Study, Design and Create exhibition has been inspired by the Museum’s historically significant Blackborne Lace Collection, one of the finest collections of antique lace anywhere in the world.

The exhibition has been organised in response to a surge in interest in lace, with recent collections by designers like McQueen, Dior and Valentino as well as the Sarah Burton dress worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William earlier this year.

Charles Dickens' 200th Anniversary: Model House
Sat 28 Jan 12 - Mon 31 Dec 12
A display of Dickensrelated objects to mark the anniversary, including an exceptional scale model of his house at 48 Doughty Street in London (now the Dickens House Museum). This comes complete with ...more

Paquin Winter 1911 - the Centenary of an Evening Gown
Sat 03 Dec 11 - Mon 09 Apr 12
A rare and beautiful evening gown is to be the subject of a new display at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle this winter, taking visitors back one hundred years, to the aristocratic lifestyle of 1911, as portrayed in ITV’s Downton Abbey. The dress was created by French fashion designer Madame Paquin, known for her modern and innovative designs. Credited with being the first female couturier, in the early 1900s she had a prestige equal to that of The House of Worth, clothing the wealthy elite.

Dutch Landscapes: Paintings from the Royal Collection
Sat 12 Nov 11 - Sun 11 Mar 12
Dutch Landscapes: Paintings from the Royal Collection , brings together 38 remarkable works from the ‘golden age’ of Dutch painting, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen...more

At the Heart of Progress: Coal, Iron and Steam since 1750 
Sat 17 Sep 11 - Sun 15 Jan 12 
John P. Eckblad worked as a management consultant to large petrochemical complexes on Teesside in north-eastern England and in northern Europe. In northern England in about 1974, he purchased his  first print of what has become a significant collection of works on paper depicting various aspects of the Industrial Revolution and of the progress of industry.

The exhibition explores this remarkable collection, assembled over the last three and-a-half decades by John P. Eckblad on the subject of work and industry - focussing on heavy industry – the trinity of coal, iron, and steam. Between the 1750s and the 1950s that trinity, beginning as an exotic addition to human life, progressed to an all-encompassing framework for civilization. It did not begin the industrial revolution but it drastically changed the scale and pace of industrial development, transforming the economy, the appearance, and the culture of Europe and America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Between the Lines 
Sat 20 Aug 11 - Sun 20 Nov 11
A unique exhibition of textile sculptures is to go on display in the new Fashion & Textile Gallery at The Bowes Museum. Created by textile artist Naseem Darbey, the display is a dramatic showcase of her techniques with theatrical shadow sculptures, inspired by the exciting but short life of fashionable socialite Mary Louise Roosevelt Burke Butterfield.

As an artist and visual storyteller, Naseem explores the relationship between drawing and textiles. Through direct observation she creates ‘hollow’ drawings and 3D installations using stitchwork. Her unique and complex works commence with her drawing directly with a sewing machine, before they are eventually transformed into three-dimensional sculptures each telling their own unique story.

Amazing Egyptians 
Sat 02 Jul 11 - Wed 31 Aug 11
An exhibition aimed at families, exploring the customs and traditions surrounding life and death in Ancient Egypt. Follow the journey to the afterlife from the magical spells and the strange superstitions to the bandaging of bodies and the fascinating burials. With treasures abounding and organs galore, this exhibition promises to give visitors a real taste of how the Ancient Egyptians saw the afterlife. And watch out for the mummy!

Vivienne Westwood Shoes: A World Wide Exhibition 
Fri 10 Jun 11 - Sun 10 Jul 11
This exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, focusing on her designs of the ultimate fetish object: the shoe. Following the success of the...more

Painting Flowers: Fantin-Latour and the Impressionists
Sat 16 Apr 11 - Sun 09 Oct 11 
Flower power is the theme running through the first large scale show in Britain to celebrate the still life paintings of Henri Fantin-Latour. Although the artist’s name might not be the first ..more

K3TOG: Knit Three Together
Sat 05 Mar 11 - Mon 02 May 11
Needles can be heard clicking away at The Bowes Museum this Spring as the Barnard Castle treasure house indulges in a ‘knitfest.’ The Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen,  has been casting on to offer a display of vintage knitwear, demonstrations and workshops under the collective title K3TOG.Meaning Knit Three Together, K3TOG brings these three strands together: the Museum’s knit collection + people + demonstrations and workshops to equal a focus on all things knitting.

Damien Hirst: Print Maker 
Fri 05 Nov 10 - Sun 27 Feb 11 
Following a £12m refurbishment, The Bowes Museum brings a global name to the Barnard Castle treasure house this autumn with the opening of Damien Hirst: Print Maker . This world class ...more

A Garden of Lantern Birds Museumaker
Sat 20 Oct 10 - Sun 30 Jan 11
As part of the national museumaker project the Museum has commissioned work by maker Laura Baxter. Laura is a craftsperson who uses metals, glass and wood to create jewellery, lighting and decorative installations, combining hand craftsmanship with modern laser and water jet cutting technologies and unique shape memory alloys.

Laura will create a Garden of Lantern Birds, inspired by bird images from all sectors of the Museum’s collection, using flat powder-coated steel. The lanterns will be displayed in the parterre garden during the autumn and winter months. Inspired by the Museum’s Blackborne Lace collection, each bird will display a filigree pattern, lit by an integral light source. As darkness falls the delicacy of lace will be revealed in each lantern bird. Laura will also lead a series of free creative workshops, involving young adults, throughout the period of the exhibition. The final workshops are taking place over the weekend of 29th /30th January.

Teesdale Open Studios
Sat 23 Oct 10 - Sun 07 Nov 10
A selection of work by local artists shown in conjunction with the annual Teesdale Open Studios event, where around the dale participating local artists open their studios to visitors. Works are for sale.

The Bronze Swan & Other Animal Sculptures
Sun 04 Jul 10 - Sun 10 Oct 10
A retrospective exhibition of the work of internationally acclaimed animal sculptor Sally Arnup, featuring bronzes of a wide range of animal and birds. The complicated process of making a bronze is explained within the exhibition and the works are for sale.

Northern Light Celebrating the Landscape of the Northern Dales
Sat 22 May 10 - Sun 20 June 10
Northern Light – Celebrating the Landscape of the Northern Dales, which opens on Saturday 22 May, is part of the

annual Swaledale Festival which, for the first time in its 30 year history, is part of the annual Swaledale Festival which, for the first time in its 30 year history, is extending its activities into Barnard Castle.Taking the local landscape as inspiration, each student has paired up with one of 15 professional artists, who have acted as mentors and given guidance during the preparation of the pictures. The collaboration has involved the students in visiting their artist’s studio in out-of-school time, which has given them a valuable insight into the working life of an artist.The finished works, by both artists and students, will be hung together in the exhibition and will be for sale in matched pairs. Sealed bids starting at £100.00 per pair can be placed in the box provided, or sent to the Museum by post. The box will be opened at the end of the exhibition, with the highest bidder for each pair securing their chosen paintings. The payment will be shared equally between artist and student, with no commission charged by the Museum or the Swaledale Festival.Artists taking part are Michael Bilton, Linda Birch, Piers Browne, Jill Campbell, Helen Costello, John Degnan, Alan Dyson, Winifred Hodge, Wendy Jones, Ed Kluz, Ray Landon, Anne Mason, Chris Mouncey, Carol Tyler and Ann Whitfield.The exhibition also features paintings from The Bowes Museum’s collection, including three watercolours by the celebrated landscape artist J M W Turner along with work by Douglas Pittuck, Reginald Grenville Eves and Benjamin Heslop.

British Sporting Art
Tue 11 May - Sun 10 Oct 10
British Sporting Art, will explore the genre of Sporting Art in Britain, from horseracing and hunting to boxing, football
and cricket. Central to the theme of the exhibition, which will include works by George Stubbs, Sir Alfred Munnings and George Morland, is John Bowes, the founder of the Museum and the first man to lift the renowned Triple Crown. Inspired by Bowes’ love for horseracing and its importance to the story behind The Bowes Museum, this exhibition will explore his prolific racing career and the wider genre of Sporting Art.The branch of painting which has come to be known as British Sporting Art was at its height during the 18th Century, when horseracing fervour swept the nation. It was a golden age for sporting artists, the most famous of which was Stubbs, with an urge to immortalise winners on canvas. Despite it being rejected by connoisseurs as a low form of art, and by Sir Joshua Reynolds as genre painting, Stubbs was a significant presence at the Royal Academy annual exhibitions, to huge critical acclaim.Featured in the display will be the Museum’s painting, Cotherstone, by J F Herring Jnr, and John Ferneley’s Beeswing. The former was bought at auction from Christie’s in New York in 2006, Cotherstone being one of Bowes’ most successful racehorses, while the latter is on long term loan to the Museum. Beeswing won 51 from 64 races, becoming quite a celebrity, with several public houses named after her.Artists such as Gillray, whose work also features in the exhibition, were quite different from those depicting field sports. They produced detailed portraits of boxers and comical sporting scenes, which were reproduced in popular print form.The exhibition will consider whether this in itself is a statement about the class system in the 18th Century, particularly as the print industry became prominent. It will also consider the next generation of painters – Herring Snr & Jnr and Henry Alken, who faced less prejudice than their predecessors, and will conclude with more recent sporting paintings by Munnings, whose hunting scenes are instantly recognisable.Lifelike bronzes of racehorses, deer and gundogs, by sculptor Sally Arnup, will enhance the sporting art.

A Warning To Heretics
Sat 23 Jan 10 - Sun 07 March 10
One of the oldest and most intriguing paintings in The Bowes Museum’s collection is the focal point of a new display. The
small panel, A Miracle of the Sacrament by Sassetta, painted in Siena c1423-25, has a dramatic tale to tell. It shows a cleric, struck dead as he is offered the Host during Mass. Even more dramatically, a devil swoops down to snatch his soul as it leaves his body.

This little painting was once part of a large altarpiece, comprising 23 separate pictures telling a complex story. The altarpiece paid homage to the Virgin, saints and prophets, and promoted the belief that bread and wine shared during communion turn into the real flesh and blood of Jesus. At the same time it offered a warning to the growing number of people who by 1400 were challenging this belief. They were warned that they would be treated as heretics: excommunicated, executed, their bodies burnt, and the ashes thrown away, to deny them bodily resurrection and eternal life.

Two of the panels of the altarpiece allude to the recent shocking deaths (during that period) of John Wycliffe from Teesdale and Jan Huss from Bohemia, both declared heretics by the Council of Constance in 1415. Wycliffe, whose fundamental belief was that the Church should be poor, as in the days of the Apostles, was a theologian who initiated the first translation of the Bible into the English language. He suffered a stroke while worshipping in his church at Lutterworth and died three days later in December 1384. 

The altarpiece was dismembered and dispersed c1790-1840, possibly after damage in an earthquake. “All knowledge of the artist, the subject of the painting and the circumstances of its creation were lost during this period,” said the Museum’s former curator Elizabeth Conran, who devised the display as part of her recent work as Monument Trust Fellow at The Bowes Museum. “It has taken art historians 100 years to retrieve its story.”

Amazingly, the panel that alludes to the death of John Wycliffe, from Teesdale, is the very painting that ultimately ended up in the collection of The Bowes Museum - and now its true meaning can be explained.

This small exhibition tells the story of the large altarpiece, showing how the Museum’s painting relates to the whole. The altarpiece has been reconstructed, photographically and to scale, to show the impact and significance of the Museum’s painting in its original setting.
The display will let people see how much thought went into the creation of large altarpieces in the Middle Ages, how complex ideas were expressed in visual imagery, and how it is worth learning how to read them. It will be enhanced by some paintings and church plate from the collections, and the loan of a posthumous portrait of John Wycliffe from St Mary’s Church at nearby Wycliffe.

A Miracle of the Sacrament will go on loan to an exhibition in Siena in March, where it will be shown with other panels from the altarpiece belonging to the Pinacoteca in Siena, in a larger exhibition of Sienese painting. It is hoped to discover more of the history of the altarpiece during the early 19th Century at the same time. 

Goya's Prison: the Year of Despair
Sat 03 Oct 09 - Tue 11 May 10
Late in 1792 Goya became severely ill, and even though he eventually recovered he was left profoundly deaf for the
rest of his days. During a period of recuperation he produced a set of small cabinet paintings on tin plate that were to define the rest of his career.

The Bowes Museum’s Interior of a Prison is one of this series of works, and the Museum’s Director, Adrian Jenkins, explores the story behind the picture created during this monumental moment in Goya’s life.

By 1792 Goya, approaching 46, was tired of his routine painting cartoons for the Royal Tapestry Factory. Since 1775 he’d painted more than 60 full size colour motifs. The money was good, but they were only for Royal consumption; none of his wider audience got to see them.

With his career at a crossroads fate took a hand, and his destiny was decided by the debilitating illness which remains a mystery to this day. Whatever its cause it marked a turning point in defining the career of one of Western art’s greatest masters. Without any discussion with his Royal patrons, Goya left Madrid in 1792, heading to Andalusia. Ill with terrible noises in his head, severe dizziness, loss of balance and failing eyesight, his symptoms remained unidentified, although syphilis and meningitis were among the most popular theories.

Whatever the cause, the result left him markedly deaf, isolating him in an alien world and unable to communicate.

During Goya’s recuperation in Andalusia he convalesced with wine exporter and private collector, Sebastian Martinez; a fan of English painters such as Reynolds, whose work Goya was able to study. 

This shift away from the huge official tapestry commissions to smaller and more intimate works was instrumental in restoring his reputation.

In painting his series of cabinet pictures, Goya allowed himself to produce images that were of personal interest rather than the restrictions imposed by patrons. The subjects were diverse – six bullfighting scenes, a shipwreck, a raging inferno, a murderous stagecoach holdup, a travelling theatre, a lunatic asylum and the inside of a prison. But of the 12 images it was his portrayal of the inside of a prison that perhaps best conveyed Goya’s state of mind. 

This series of small works, all painted on tin, became the tinplate templates for much of his subsequent work. In these works Goya discovered his niche, whether his patrons liked it or not.

Goya’s Prison: the Year of Despair will study The Interior of a Prison in detail, with reference to other pictures in the cabinet series. The display, also includes works by Reynolds, Ramsay and Tiepolo.

Toys Tales
Sat 09 May 09 - Sun 01 Nov 09
Visitors to The Bowes Museum this summer can wallow in a trip down memory lane at the major Toy Tales exhibition.
The exhibition, is a celebration of 60 years of BBC children’s television programmes, guaranteed to inject a dose of rose-tinted nostalgia for those carefree days of childhood.Whether you’re two or seventy-two, there’s bound to be a favourite among the wide range of puppets, props and stage sets on show, which fires the imagination. Younger audiences are sure to have fun comparing the baby boomers’ preferences from yesteryear - with their shaky sets and visible puppet strings - to their modern counterparts reinvented for today’s generation.Remember the days before daytime TV, when Watch with Mother was a post-lunch treat before an afternoon nap? Then come along and renew your acquaintance with Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men and Rag, Tag and Bobtail. Reminisce about memories of grainy black and white TV images of puppets such as Muffin the Mule and Pinky and Perky, compared to the hi-definition colour of today’s favourites like Charlie and Lola and 64 Zoo Lane.Or how about that much-loved favourite Paddington Bear, with his luggage label and his marmalade sandwiches, Sooty and Sweep, Basil Brush, The Magic Roundabout, Teletubbies, Postman Pat and current favourite In the Night Garden?All these and more are represented in various forms, including puppets, videos, original scripts, story boards, props and drawings.The exhibition will also pay tribute to the animator, puppeteer and author Oliver Postgate, who died in December 2008. Postgate, together with Peter Firmin, set up the company Smallfilms in a disused cowshed at Firmin’s home in Kent, producing animated footage on a shoestring budget to great acclaim. Their successes include Bagpuss, once voted the most popular children’s TV programme of all time. Peter Firmin is kindly lending the Museum his collection of The Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog, for this unique exhibition.Artist Linda Birch, whose popular painting workshops at the Museum always have a waiting list, is loaning some original Bagpuss story boards relating to her time as an illustrator of the famous feline.

Canaletto and the View Painters of Venice
Sat 14 Feb 09 - Wed 31 Mar 10
An exploration of the Museum’s two famous large Canaletto’s saved for the nation in 1980 by The Art Fund; Regatta on
the Grand Canal and The Bucintoro Returning to the Molo. Displayed alongside other pieces of Venetian art from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition explores, topographical painting in Venice, Canaletto and his influences, his market in France and England; the provenance of the paintings and exactly what is depicted in his works.

Turner in Teesdale
Sat 13 Dec 08 - Sun 31 Jan 10
An in depth exploration of The Bowes Museum’s watercolours by JMW Turner. This display will feature the recently
acquired Bowes Tower, produced to illustrate Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem Rokeby, alongside acquisitons recently obtained by the Museum.Summer sketching tours were part of Turner’s annual routine and he first travelled the North of England in 1797, making sketches in Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland. During the 1830s he produced designs to illustrate volumes of poetry by some of his most celebrated contemporaries including Sir Walter Scott, author of the epic poemRokeby, which is set in the countryside between Rokeby Park and Barnard Castle. Bowes Tower acted as the frontispiece to Volume Nine of Scott’s poetry.“In this watercolour Turner captures the stunning landscape that so enchanted Scott,” said Ms House.

Beautifully Crafted
Sat 25 Oct 08 - Sun 22 Feb 09
A contemporary craft exhibition at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, will feature items from The Bowes Museum’s collections, contrasting the old and new. Single pieces by contemporary artists will be on show at The Bowes Museum; Bede’s World, Jarrow, and MIMA, Middlesbrough, creating an ‘art trail.’

Teesdale Open Studios
Sat 18 Oct 08 - Sat 01 Nov 08
This autumn sees the first ever Teesdale Open Studios, where artists around the dale welcome visitors to their studios, with the Museum acting as a central hub, featuring a piece of work from each. A lecture by Brian Sewell will formally open the event. This lecture is sold out, sorry for any inconvenience.

Faith and Love: Picturing the Bible From Raphael To El Greco
Sat 11 Oct 08 - Fri 16 Jan 09
A prestigious exhibition exploring many of the most popular Bible stories visualized by Western artists and craftsmen opens at The Bowes Museum on Saturday 11 October. Faith and Love: Picturing the Bible from Raphael to El Greco includes important paintings and artefacts from the Museum’s world class collection of European art as well as loans from national collections.

The exhibition will look at some of the most popular depictions of Old and New Testament stories including Moses in the Bulrushes, David and Goliath, the Nativity and the Flight into Egypt.

Two intriguing works by Raphael will be displayed side by side, allowing a rare glimpse of the techniques employed in Renaissance painting. The Madonna and Child, also known as the ‘Mackintosh Madonna’ after its last owner Miss Eva Mackintosh, who donated it to The National Gallery, will be shown alongside the cartoon (preliminary drawing) version,The Virgin and Child, courtesy of The British Museum.
“Although it might not be considered by purists to be one of Raphael’s greatest paintings it is really important as in this instance we have the original cartoon, which is in very good condition,” said Emma House, the Museum’s Assistant Keeper of Fine Art. “The cartoon would be pricked with holes and then a fine layer of charcoal would be dabbed over the outline to reproduce the design ready to paint. The pinholes on the cartoon are still clearly visible.”

Also on show for the first time since they were purchased by The Bowes Museum’s founders, John and Joséphine Bowes, in the 19th Century will be part of a set of engravings. They were produced by Nicolas Chaperon in 1649 and illustrate Raphael’s frescos for the Loggia of the Vatican, known as Raphael’s Bible.

Through Chaperon’s beautifully printed images visitors will be introduced to the story of the creation of the world, the temptation of Adam and Eve and Noah’s Ark. They are among the finest copies of Raphael’s work in the Loggia and are being conserved especially for the exhibition.
Featured too is the work of Francesco Giovanni Penni, one of Raphael’s studio assistants, who worked with him on the Loggia and whose drawings were probably produced in preparation for the project.

Textiles and a variety of artefacts from the Museum’s collections will complement the works of art, each depicting a Biblical theme. These include a wooden Noah’s Ark with a set of animals and a children’s 3D puzzle revealing different stories on each side of its building blocks. A beautiful canvas work table carpet, c1600, made specifically for decoration, portrays Biblical images from the Book of Genesis, including the story of Adam and Eve & Cain and Abel.

During 2008 the Museum’s conservator, Jon Old, is overseeing the conservation of The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Saint John the Baptist, a copy after La Perla by Raphael which is now in the Prado Museum in Madrid. The technical analysis from the former, together with the loans from The National Gallery and The British Museum will introduce visitors to the working processes and techniques of Raphael and his studio.
One of The Bowes Museum’s most famous paintings, The Tears of St Peter by El Greco, c1580, will be displayed in the exhibition. Reluctantly purchased by the founders in 1869 it cost them less than they paid for a monkey puzzle tree which graces the Museum grounds!

Alfred Sisley: Impressionist Landscapes
Sat 17 May 08 - Fri 16 Jan 09
The work of Alfred Sisley is on now show at The Bowes Museum; the first major exhibition devoted to this leading Impressionist to take place outside London in half a century.

Alfred Sisley: Impressionist Landscapes comprises works from this acclaimed member of the Impressionist group, who was described by his contemporary Eugène Murer as having ‘the soul and brush of a poet.’ It spans the years from the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 until his death from throat cancer in 1899. Born in Paris to English parents, Sisley’s talents were appreciated by his lifelong friends Monet and Renoir, with whom he studied, and his art is now appreciated worldwide. This exhibition, which includes loans from private collections and museums, explores Sisley’s captivation with the landscape of the Parisian suburbs of Louveciennes and Port-Marly and the towns along the River Loing. Port-Marly provided Sisley with the inspiration for some of his most famous and celebrated images. This body of work will be explored with the inclusion of Port-Marly under Snow, from a private collection and on long term loan to The Bowes Museum. “Sisley very rarely painted anything other than landscapes, and would paint the same view at different times of year,” said Emma House, Assistant Keeper of Fine Art at The Bowes Museum. “He delighted in exploring the effects of weather conditions on the landscape. His eloquent brushwork and subtle range of colours and tonal nuances captured the ever changing seasons. “Sisley’s reputation as a leading member of the Impressionist group has been hard-fought. Neglected during his lifetime, he fell into relative obscurity when he died. He was of British parentage and never managed to become a French citizen, which is why he might possibly have been neglected. He retained his British nationality even though he spent so little time here. “This exhibition is a retrospective to show the development of Sisley’s style,” she added. “As he got older his brushwork became much looser, and his use of colour more vibrant.”

Nature's Delights
Sat 17 May 08 - Mon 22 Sept 08
Nature’s Delights includes a selection of wildlife paintings by Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe, who introduced a wider audience to the countryside with his illustrations for Ladybird’s popular series What to Look for in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and The Farm. “The graphic images which accompanied the informative text enchanted generations of children, encouraging them to explore the delights of the natural world,” said Emma House, the Museum’s Assistant Keeper of Fine Art, who has curated the display. Tunnicliffe created some of his best loved images when producing a series of wood-engravings for the 1932 edition ofTarka the Otter. The popular Brooke Bond Tea cards, which were collected by millions of British youngsters in the 50s and 60s, also featured his talents. His work is complemented in this display by that of Archibald Thorburn, John Cyril Harrison and their contemporaries. Thorburn received much of his early training from his father, a leading miniature painter and favourite of Queen Victoria, from whom he inherited his eye for detail. In 1927 he was elected Vice President of the RSPB in recognition of his services to bird preservation. As a young man Harrison studied and sketched birds, learning anatomy from the practise of taxidermy. His study of birds included travels to Scotland, Iceland and Africa, resulting in his illustrations featuring in prestigious publications of the day. He lived for many years in Norfolk, where he painted the rare birds of the Broads and game birds in their natural surroundings. Through the precise study of anatomy and the accurate depiction of the landscape these artists capture the drama and action of birds hunting their prey, the tranquillity of a wading snipe to the extraordinary display of magpies roosting. This collection of wildlife paintings was donated to the Museum in 1984 by Miss Sandra Grewcock. The display is open until Sunday 21 September and can be viewed alongside Alfred Sisley: Impressionist Landscapes, which features the largest display of this leading Impressionist’s work outside London for 50 years.

Illumination: Judy Hurst
Sat 19 Apr 08 - Sun 20 Jul 08
Intricate illustrative works, many inspired by objects in The Bowes Museum’s collections, form the basis of the selling exhibition, Illumination: Judy Hurst , by this North East based contemporary artist, which opened on Saturday 19 April. Working with a variety of materials, both traditional and modern, Judy’s work is inspired by her knowledge, respect and deep love of the architecture, ceramic work, Celtic history and wildlife of Britain and France. Using gold leaf and sumptuous colour applied to vellum, paper and canvas, she creates spiritually compelling images, often with symbolic underlying themes – red for the blood of life, green for youth and rebirth, blue for heaven and aspirations, and gold for eternity. “For me, patterns create the fabric of existence,” she said. “I draw and paint patterns, which I see everywhere, especially while jogging in the countryside.” “I believe designers and artists have been expressing this vision of patterns of life for centuries: Celtic manuscripts of Ireland and Britain, books of Hours and Limoges porcelain motifs are just a few examples.” Born and raised in Durham, Judy has an Honours degree in Fine Art. She has taught in New Zealand, where she had solo exhibitions at the Rothmans Cultural Foundation in Wellington, and other venues. On returning to Britain she continued to work in education, becoming a Head of Art, while continuing her own works. She has had solo exhibitions at the DLI Art Gallery in Durham; the Moot Hall Gallery, Hexham and The Belford Gallery, Northumberland. Her work has also been shown at galleries in Gateshead, Newcastle, Alston and Consett. Judy now works independently in both the UK and France, and was invited to show at the International Salon of Watercolour Painting in the Haute Vienne. Commissions are among her regular commitments, and she has work in private collections in New Zealand, America and Europe. This selling exhibition at The Bowes Museum gives visitors the opportunity to purchase their own piece of her work or to simply admire the quality of the images.

Eddie Ryle Hodges 1939 - 2001
Sat 09 Feb 08 - Mon 26 May 08
A retrospective of this acclaimed 20th century Teesdale based photographer, featuring landscapes, fashion photographs, portraits and more. 

Elijah Yeoman 1849 - 1930
Sat 09 Feb 08 - Sun 15 Jun 08
A tribute to the renowned 19th and 20th century Teesdale photographer. An eclectic record of Barnard Castle and the dale.

Sat 19 Jan 08 - Sun 06 Apr 08
The Bowes Museum is offering visitors a taste of the Orient with a special showcased display of objects celebrating the influence of Chinese design, to acknowledge the year of the Beijing Olympics. Ceramics from the Museum’s significant collections will be on show from Saturday 19 January until Sunday 6 April 2008, highlighting pieces depicting the Chinoiserie influence as well as objects in other media which illustrate this distinctive style. The term Chinoiserie comes from the word ‘chinois’, the French for Chinese. It was a style inspired by art and design from China, Japan and other Asian countries that was at its height from 1750 to 1765. Imported porcelain, silk and lacquerware from China and Japan became extremely fashionable, leading European designers to imitate the style or create fanciful imagery of an imaginary China. Chinoiserie media also includes ‘japanned’ ware, an imitation of the glossy lacquer surface favoured in Japan. The selection of ceramics on show will feature the ever-popular ‘Willow’ pattern alongside examples of English and French porcelain resplendent with oriental imagery. Other items include an embroidery panel, an oil painting and a stylish gilt-bronze fish. The display is complemented by The Road to Xanadu in which Dr Barbara Morden examines the taste for the Oriental from the 17th to the 19th Centuries. This illustrated lecture, on February 14 from 2.00 – 4.00, explores the impact of travellers’ tales and artefacts from the Orient on the art and taste of Britain between those dates. “The word Chinoiserie was used to describe a particular style of gardening, wallpaper, embroideries and textiles, ceramics, furniture, architecture, and all manner of fantasies and dreams inspired by the East,” she said. “So join us on a journey of exploration to the land of giant peonies, small folk in conical hats, and long tailed ho-ho birds, that is to be discovered somewhere beyond the rising sun.”

The Art of Botanics
Sat 15 Dec 07 - Wed 16 Jan 08
An exhibition of contemporary textiles inspired by plants to coincide with the exhibition Emile Gallé and The Origins of Art Nouveau. This exhibition explores plants and their continued inspiration to designers. It displays textiles created by second year students on the BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design programme at Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool. These contemporary textiles are displayed in the historic setting of The Bowes Museum including the English Period Rooms.The students' assignment was to produce an individual piece based on plant forms. They drew on historic and contemporary sources including museums, magazines and paintings for inspiration. They then produced a wide body of work, from sketches to models, which contributed to the final piece. These sketches and models will be included as part of the exhibition, to illustrate the design process.Cleveland College of Art and Design's award-winning BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design degree programme maintains its excellent reputation for producing creative professionals with a sophisticated awareness of contemporary design, market requirements and professional practice alongside the traditional skills of drawing, colour and technical expertise. 

The Avison Workbooks
Sat 06 Oct 07 - Sun 25 Nov 07
Mrs Mary Bowes, greatgrandmother of John Bowes, was a patron of the Newcastle based 18th century composer Charles Avison. These manuscripts are dedicated to her with music from them being performed at the Museum on 24 November.

Emile Gallé and the Origins of Art Nouveau
Sat 29 Sep 07 - Sun 20 Jan 08
The Bowes Museum’s collections include an early commission from Gallé, a glass cabaret set made in 1872 to order for Joséphine Bowes. It forms the starting point for this exploration of Art Nouveau.

Taylor Made
Sat 29 Sept 07 - Sun 20 Jan 08
Complementing the Gallé display, this is a selling exhibition of contemporary furniture and designs for the home, by Alex Taylor.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II An 80th Birthday Portrait
Sat 16 Jun 07 - Sat 28 Jul 07
This acclaimed painting of The Queen, created before a BBC One television audience of millions, visits The Bowes Museum.

Watercolours and Drawings from The Collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Sat 19 May 07 - Sun 02 Sep 07
73 watercolours and drawings dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries, including Gainsborough, Augustus John and John Piper. Some were bought at auction, some purchased during World War II to raise money for the war effort, others were gifts from the artists or commissioned by The Queen Mother.A touring exhibition curated by The Royal Collection, on loan from Her Majesty the Queen.

Revealed: Luxury Goods and the Slave Trade
Fri 23 Mar 07 - Fri 29 Jun 07
To mark the bicentenary of the Parliamentary abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, a display of fine and decorative arts tracing the demand for luxury goods. Public conservation of View of Amsterdam by Abraham Storck (1635-1710) will reveal its full story. Conservation will take place every Tuesday from 1.30, 10 April excepted.For Further information please see

Fine & Fashionable: Lace from The Blackborne Collection
Sat 09 Sep 06 - Sun 29 Apr 07
Fine & Fashionable features one of the world's largest collections of lace. It was put together in the 19th century by the father and son, Anthony and Arthur Blackborne, master lace dealers. Trading from premises in South Audley Street, London, they sold to the fine and fashionable around the world.

This celebration of lace shows more than 200 pieces from The Blackborne Collection, many never before on public view. The Collection has been generously given to the Museum by descendants of the Blackborne Family.

Presented with work by Vivienne Westwood and by British artist Catherine Bertola, the lace is shown with Fine & Decorative Arts from The Bowes Museum and from the V&A. A new generation of design is represented by Northumbria University Fashion Marketing Students, University of Sunderland Glass Department and Cleveland College of Art and Design.

Fine & Fashionable is accompanied by a full-colour, 88-page guide to The Blackborne Collection - available for purchase at The Bowes Museum and on-line. This publication has been made possible from support from the Friends of The Bowes Museum and the Pasold Research Fund.

Part of Newcastle Gateshead's world-class programme of festivals and events.

Impressionist Women
Sat 03 Jun 06 - Sun 13  Aug 06
This national loan exhibition was built around the exciting acquisition by The Bowes Museum, of a portrait by the impressionist painter Paul Helleu. It explored the life of Helleu and other  Impressionist artists such as Degas and whistler, and examined the portrayal of society women in late 19th century art.

On the horizon, out of reach
Sat 11 Feb 06 - Mon 17 Apr 06
This selling exhibition of contemporary landscape paintings was by regional artist Sue Lawson, who works in the Romantic English tradition, referencing Turner, Constable and the Impressionists. 

Turner: Tours of Durham and Richmondshire
Sat 28 Jan 06 - Sun 14 May 06
This major exhibition, curated by The Bowes Museum, explored JMW Turner’s stunning watercolours of the North of England. Paintings of Durham and Richmondshire were accompanied by other fascinating works including depictions of Farnley Hall in Yorkshire and Brinkburn Priory in Northumberland. A highlight was Turner’s watercolour of Barnard Castle, which returned to the UK from the Unites states especially for this exhibition.

A Gardener's Labyrinth: Portraits of People, Plants and Places
Sat 19 Nov 05 - Sun 19 Feb 06
This exhibition had toured from the National Portrait Gallery.

Teesdale Landscapes and Livelihoods in Textiles
Sat 19 Nov 05 - Wed 01 Mar 06
The colourful textile exhibition, produced by local community groups, told the story of the landscape, industries and lifestyles that shaped the dale. 

Marie-Antoinette: Queen of Style
Sat 29 Oct 05 - Sun 26 Feb 06
This exhibition celebrated the 250th anniversary of this famous Queen’s birth through objects from The Bowes Museum’s collection.

Napoleon: Art & Empire in the Age of Trafalgar
Sat 27 Aug 05 - Sun 08 Jan 06
Intriguing insights into the Napoleonic era will be shown in public for the first time. Also featuring works from the British Museum and the National Gallery, the exhibition coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Sense & Sensibility Cotman: Watercolours of Durham and Yorkshire
Sat 07 May 05 - Sun 31 Jul 05
Nineteenth century painter John Sell Cotman continues to inspire generations of artists. From collections all over Britain, his stunning landscapes were brought together in the exhibition, which focused on paintings of the countryside surrounding The Bowes Museum. (In association with Harewood House, Leeds).

Raphael: Madonna of the Pinks The Virgin and Child in Renaissance Italy
Sat 16 Apr 05 - Sun 26 Jun 05
This exquisite masterpiece acquired amidst huge publicity, and two accompanying works by Titian and Ghirlandaio, were on tour from the National Gallery, London. 

Sudan: Ancient Treasures
Sat 12 Mar 05 - Sun 30 Oct 05
This major exhibition offered a unique insight into the lives and cultural history of the inhabitants of the ancient Kingdoms of the Nile. It was on tour from the Sudan National Museum, Khartoum via via the British Museum, where it was shown to great acclaim. The exhibition included recent discoveries from excavations in Sudan.

Norman Parkinson: Portraits in Fashion
Sat 05 Feb 05 - Sun 05 Jun 05
The dynamic selection of Parkinson’s fashion photography from the National Gallery Collection, concentrated on the styles and glamour of the 1950s. This exhibition was accompanied by fashionable dress of the era taken from The Bowes Museum’s own collection.

Boucher: Landscapes
Sat 22 Jan 05 - Mon 28 Mar 05
Featured a selection of paintings and drawings by acclaimed eighteenth century artist François Boucher. (in association
with the Wallace Collection, London). 

Distance No Object
Sat 25 Sep 04 - Sun 23 Jan 05
This was a lively exhibition by Lubaina Himid and other leading contemporary artists. A mixture of painting, furniture and installations, responded to the magical history of The Bowes Museum. 

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of the French Poster
Sat 11 Sep 04 - Sun 23 Jan 05
This nationally acclaimed exhibition contained some of the most striking posters ever created by Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries. These works, mostly depicting late nineteenth century Parisian life, were originally exhibited at the first international poster exhibition in London in 1894.

Sat 10 Jul 04 - Sun 12 Sep 04
This exhibition was produced by the Yorkshire Sculptors Group. The active group of artists produced a range of mixed media sculptures for this challenging and thought provoking contemporary show.

In the Footsteps of El Greco
Sat 12 Jun 04 - Sun 12 Sep 04
Respected regional artist Anthony Clark had created new work for this major show. This body of work had been inspired by Clark’s recent visits to Spain, Italy and Greece and by several artists in The Bowes Museum’s collection including El Greco and Goya.

Boudin, Monet and the Sea Painters of Normandy
Sat 29 May 04 - Mon 30 Aug 04
This major exhibition explored the relationship between Boudin and Monet and their interaction with other French painters working in Normandy during the second half of the 19th century. Paintings by Boudin, Dumax and Noël were featured from The Bowes Museum collection alongside international loans from Britain, France and the USA.

Braids and Beyond: A Broad Look at Narrow Wares
Sat 03 Apr 04 - Sun 27 Jun 04
This exhibition marked the 10th anniversary of The Braid Society. It looked at all types of narrow wares from military braids to mousetraps and celebrated the diverse world of braids and bands made for utilitarian purpose and decorative effect.

Grand Designs
Sat 03 Apr 04 - Mon 31 May 04
This exhibition looked at how the notable grand gardens of the North East were created and the personalities behind them. From competitions in pineapple growing to commissioning sweeping landscapes, these wealthy industrialists changed the face of many parts of the region. Unfortunately many of these gardens fell into disrepair and some even disappeared. The exhibition also looked at issues of conservation, regeneration and the re-use and relevance of great gardens today. It featured the Museum’s own grounds and asked you how best they should be developed. Guest curated by Landscape Historian, Fiona Green.

After Life
Sat 17 Jan 04 - Sun 21 Mar 04
Simon Morrissey, awarded the first Bowes Fellowship, curated this thought provoking exhibition. Contemporary artists explored attitudes towards mortality, and related ideas of remembrance, and related ideas of remembrance, preservation and transformation.

Lindisfarne Gospels
Mon 15 Dec 03 - Sun 11 Jan 04
This was a chance to see the superb new copy of the greatest illustrated book to come out of the North east, by permission of The British Library. 

Our Choice
Fri 28 Nov 03 - Sun 11 Jan 04
This exhibition had been produced by the after Schools Club at The Bowes Museum and was a collection of children’s interpretation of their favourite paintings from The Tim Rice Collection. 

Images 27
Sat 08 Nov 03 - Fri 02 Jan 04
Was from a selection of contemporary illustrations from books, children’s books, magazines and newspapers, by the association of Illustrators.

William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement in the North East
Sat 11 Oct 03 - Sun 29 Feb 04
This stunning exhibition celebrated the work of William Morris and his contemporaries, leaders of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A major section of this exhibition explored new ground in featuring artists, designers, craft workers and patrons of the North East, whose creative activity in the same period showed the extent of Morris’ influence on regional artists and the impressive way in which they responded to it.

The Tim Rice Collection
Sat 05 Jul 03 - Sun 11 Jan 04
Masterpieces from the private collection of Sir Tim Rice, one of Britain’s most celebrated lyricists. Sir Tim, who is well known for works such as Evita, Chess and Jesus Christ Superstar loaned over fifty paintings to The Bowes Museum for this remarkable exhibition, which included pictures by Degas, Hockney, Picasso, Pissarro, Warhol and Waterhouse.

Dazzling: The Art of Glass Engraving
Sat 14 Jun 03 - Sun 26 Oct 03
This was a spectacular collection of engraved glass work by the Northern Branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers.

Haiku & Glass
Sat 14 Jun 03 - Fri 26 Sep 03
Haiku poets and glass artists inspired each other to create an unusual and captivating display. Curated by Dominic Fonde.

Wedding Belles: A Celebration of Bridal Gowns through the Ages
Sat 24 May 03 Sun 18 Apr 03
This exhibition explored the history of bridal fashion since the mid19th century. Exquisite gowns from the Museum’s extensive wedding dress collection illustrated changing styles, colours and fabrics over the decades.A series of charming period fashion illustrations, which once belonged to Joséphine Bowes, created an elegant backdrop to the bridal gowns on display.

The Art of Marquetry: Paintings in Wood
Fri 18 Apr 03 - Sun 28 Sep 03
The history of this intricate woodworking technique was explored through The Bowes Museum’s furniture collection with contemporary pieces, which demonstrated how the art form remains highly desirable today. Produced in collaboration with The Wallace Collection, London.

Meridiano de Greenwich
Sat 05 Apr 03 - Sun 01 Jun 03
Six outstanding Spanish and English contemporary painters established a rich cultural dialogue through expensive abstract art for this amazing exhibition. The Bowes Museum has long established links with Spain and houses one of the largest collections of Spanish paintings in Britain. It was therefore appropriate that we hosted this exciting international exhibition, which was on tour from the Conde Duque, Gallery in Madrid.

Are you Sitting Comfortably?:the Water Closet Workshop
Sat 05 Apr 03 - Sun 20 Jul 03
In this exhibition household objects changed into the unexpected. The humble domestic WC is something we almost 
ignore because of its intimate familiarity, yet in this exhibition it was transformed by fourteen international artists from its everyday functional role into an art form! The ceramists, sculptors and painters worked on the factory floor to produce this stunning and thought provoking array of subverted or modified versions of mundane sanity ware. Was on tour from The Hatton Gallery.

Road to Impressionism
Sat 02 Nov 02 - Sun 30 Mar 03
This exhibition showed one of the largest groups of French Impressionist paintings to come to the North East. Outstanding works by artists such as Renoir, Monet, Pissarro and Sisley were represented. 

The Uncanny Room
Sat 12 Oct 02 - Sun 08 Dec 02
Seemingly familiar objects became the unfamiliar-uncanny, disturbing. Two London Curators. Touring Show.

Royal Sugar Sculpture
Sat 01 Jun 02 - Sun 22 Sep 02
An elaborate recreation of early 19th century ceremonial table setting, using a unique set of moulds being bought by the Museum – created by Ivan Day and Peter Brears. Also examples of 16th, 17th and 18th century sugarpaste sculpture and table settings. Plus large display of modern sugarcraft – exhibits chosen via competition in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine.

The Art of Mining
Fri 29 Mar 02 - Sun 12 May 02
Historic Watercolours record of the Northern Coalfields. From the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle.

At Home with Art
Sat 02 Feb 02 - Sun 17 Mar 02
Domestic Objects with a twist. Touring Show.

A Sense of Occasion
Sat 01 Dec 01 - Sun 13 Jan 02
This was newly commisioned work by 20 artists created to mark special occasions defining contemporary 'British' society.

Serving Time
Sat 27 Oct 01 - Sun 10 Feb 02
How religion and ritual impacts on young offenders 'time' in HMYOI Deerbolt.

Hitec Lotec
Sat 13 Oct 01 - Sun 25 Nov 01
Explored the relationship between craft & industry, new technologies and materials.

Fancy Footwear
Sat 28 Jul 01 - Sun 14 Apr 02
Historic shoes and boots from the collection.

Royal Milliners
Sat 19 May 01 - Sun 30 Sep 01
Designers of royal headwear, their lives and designs particularly the Queen Mother's hats.

Conserving for the Future
Sat 28 Apr 01 - Sun 22 Jul 01
Techniques, materials and reasons why conservation is a vital part of a museum's work.

Hidden Treasures of The Bowes Museum
Sat 07 Apr 01 - Sun 09 Sep 01
Variety of unseen, unusual, newly conserved or unique works from the collection connected by the John and Josephine story.

Sat 25 Mar 01 - Sun 06 May 01
A selection of costume jewellery from the collection.

60s Ceramics
Sat 27 Jan 01 - Sun 22 Apr 01
Studio pottery of the 60s, a Schools Museum service collection, now valuable and to be conserved. 

The New Generic
Fri 22 Sep 00 - Sat 11 Nov 00
Modern Items for the home from the Evans and Wong catologue, Paris.

Fifty Years of Friendship
Fri 04 Aug 00 - Sun 05 Nov 00
Exhibition devoted to the history of the Friends.

Northern Quilts
Fri 04 Aug 00 - Sun 05 Nov 00

Vase Madness: Wedgwood from Winnington
Sun 23 Apr 00 - Sun 23 Jul 00

Through Young Eyes
Thur 06 Apr 00 - Sun 23 Jul 00
Art created in conjunction with schools.

50s Frocks
Sat 22 Jan 00 - Mon 14 Aug 00

The Art of Building/ The New Museum
Mon 01 Nov 99 - Sun 09 Jan 00

To Oudenaarde and Back
Sat 23 Oct 99 - Sun 02 Jan 00

Sat 24 Jul 99 - Sun 31 Oct 99
Modern Crafts.

Weeds, Aliens and other Stories
Sat 24 Jul 99 - Sun 31 Oct 99
An exhibtion of conceptual garden furniture from the ICA.

Good Food in the North
Sat 01 May 99 - Sun 11 Jul 99
Exhibition of work from Teesdale Comprehensive School.

What's New Pussycat
Mon 15 Mar 99 - Sat 30 Oct 99
60s Collection.

Sun 15 Nov 98 - Thu 15 Apr 99

British Masterpieces: Paintings from the Royal Collection
Sun 01 Nov 98 - Mon 05 Apr 99

Embroiderers at The Bowes Museum
Sun 18 Oct 98 - Sat 07 Nov 98

Architectural Images of the North
Sat 18 Sep 98 - Mon 30 Nov 98
Drawings and Photographs from the RIBA, 1700 1950.

Pills, Poultices and Potions
Wed 05 Aug 98 - Wed 02 Sep 98
2000 Years of Medicine.