Upcoming Events


Poppies: Women, War, Peace

4 November, 2.30, £3.00 adults talk only, or free with Museum admission

Poppies: Women, War, Peace Join photographer Lee Karen Stow to discover more about the inspiration behind her international touring exhibition Poppies: Women, War, Peace.  The project remembers women whose lives have been affected by war, from WW1 to conflicts of today, alongside a botanical series of the poppy wildflower in all its colours. Her work is inspired by Moïna Bell Michael and Madame Anna E Guérin who immortalised the Flanders Fields poppy as a symbol of remembrance a century ago. Cost includes refreshments.

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The Art of the Actor

12 November, 2.30

The Art of the Actor Join Dr. James Harriman Smith (Newcastle University) & members of the Castle Players for a unique insight into the role of paintings in historic performance. Eighteenth-century acting manuals repeatedly advised their readers to study paintings, but what exactly were actors meant to be looking for? Through a mixture of research presentations and practical examples, we will attempt to answer that question, and to shed new light on the Museum’s own paintings, by Zoffany, of the actor David Garrick. 

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Mark Deeks Piano Performance

19 November, 1.15-1.50 & 2.15-2.50

Mark Deeks Piano Performance

Following the success of his last album Lightburst (declared one of the Albums of the Year by MainlyPiano.com), Deeks returns with the follow up: Left By The Sail Road. Featuring the art of Northumbrian Mick Oxley Gallery, the focus is on the power and beauty of water, and the Northumberland coastline. This launch concert will feature music from both albums.


Painting workshop - Gentle Abstract in Coloured Pencil

20 November, 10.00 – 4.30, £35 Adult, £33 FOBM, inc. morning refreshments

Painting workshop - Gentle Abstract in Coloured Pencil

Join artist Linda Birch to make an abstract work by adapting a painting from The Bowes collection, experimenting with colour and shape. 

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Christmas Card Making

25 November, 10.00 - 4.00, £30.00 Adult, £28.00 FOBM

Christmas Card Making Be inspired by the New Light exhibition to take part in this fun printing workshop, using drypoint etching to create up to 10 unique Christmas cards for family and friends. Includes lunch, morning refreshments and access to the exhibition. Suitable for all abilities, all materials provided. 

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