Current Exhibitions


The Bowes Museum offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions to complement the display of its permanent collections. These range from major blockbusters often curated by staff, here at the Museum, to touring exhibitions and works on loan from other institutions.

Current Exhibitions in 2017


New Light Prize Exhibition

18 November - 18 February 2018

Hotly tipped as one of the most exciting contemporary shows in the North, this selling exhibition offers a range of prizes for work by Northern artists, with the overall winner awarded the prestigious Valeria Sykes Award of £10,000.
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NADFAS Young Silversmith's Chosen Collection

14 October - 21 January 2018

Since 2003 the North east Area of The National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies (NADFAS) and Sheffield Decorative and Fine Art Society have sponsored a Sheffield Millennium Silversmiths' Bursery for students. This prestigious display shows winning contemporary pieces of drinking and pouring vessels.


Joséphine Bowes – The Woman Of Fashion

26 August – 7 January 2018

Building on the theme and popularity of Joséphine Bowes – A Woman of Taste and Influence, a recent exhibition which paid tribute to the woman who was a driving force behind the Museum’s creation, this in-focus display highlights her influence as a socialite and devotee of fashion.
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