Northern Light - Celebrating the Landscape of the Northern Dales
Sat 22 May 10 - Sun 20 Jun 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 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.
For details of all festival events call the box office on 01748 880019 between 10.00 – 4.00 Monday to Saturday. Tickets can also be bought online at www.swaledale-festival.org.uk.
Programme of events
Storytelling: Local Legends
13 June, 11.00 & 12.00
Tales based on local legends will be delivered by popular storyteller Adam Bushnell, in the Museum’s outdoor Story Garden. Each drop-in session will last for around 30 minutes and is free of charge.
Barnard Castle Day
Sunday 13 June featuring:
• 10.00 - A gentle guided walk with historian Michael Rudd, author of Discovering Teesdale
• 11.00 and 12.00 - Free storytelling with Adam Bushnell in The Bowes Museum’s outdoor Story Garden
• 4.00 - A concert by Barnard Castle Band, outside St Mary’s Church
• 5.00 – 6.00 - Concert by cellist Natalie Clein - BBC Young Musician of the Year and Classical Brits awards winner. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.
• 7.30 – Saxophonist Snake Davis and his Band in Concert at Teesdale School. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.