Festival Of French Films Complements UK Exclusive Exhibition

Festival Of French Films Complements UK Exclusive Exhibition

An exciting Festival of French films is to be screened at The Witham in Barnard Castle this summer, to complement the forthcoming UK exclusive exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal which opens at The Bowes Museum on Saturday 11th July.

The programme commences on Friday 17th July with the moving and insightful biopic Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert, exploring the career inspirations and personal life of this iconic French designer, which will be repeated every Friday until 28th August. 
 
Also included in the programme are four of Yves Saint Laurent’s favourite films, chosen by his partner, Pierre Bergé, which will be shown on consecutive Thursdays during August, beginning with Belle de jour on the 6th; L’Amour fou on the 13th; Le Guépard on the 20th, and Les dames
du bois de Boulogne on the 27th. The films are in French, with English subtitles.

Belle de jour (18 guidance) features legendary actress Catherine Deneuve, who was dressed by Yves Saint Laurent for her role as the sultry Sèverine; L’Amour fou (15 guidance) documents Berge’s personal coming to terms with the death of his lifelong partner, through the beautiful objects they collected during their life together; Le Guépard (U guidance) traces, with slow and deliberate rhythm, a dying aristocracy struggling to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape, while Les Dames du bois de Boulogne (PG guidance) is a tragic tale of anguish, jealousy and revenge.

All tickets cost £5.00 per person and are on sale at The Witham and online. The films will be screened at 7.30pm and the venue’s Dispensary Café Bar opens an hour beforehand. 

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal opens at The Bowes Museum on Saturday 11th July, and runs until Sunday 25th October.

Notes to Editors
The Bowes Museum

  • The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.     
  • The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum, receives support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme. Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.
  • The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation. 
  • Normal admission to the Museum: Adults £10.50, Concessions £9.50, Students £6.00, Six Month Pass £16.00, Carers and children Free (under 16s).  Admission allows access to exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation or are not a UK taxpayer admission prices are: Adults £9.25, Concessions £8.50, Six Month Pass £14.00, Children (under 16) and carers free.
  • The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 0191 301 8531, www.discoverdurham.co.uk
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The Bowes Museum is closed!


Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Caf� Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.