The Bowes Museum's exhibitions inspire youth art clubs.
The Bowes Museum's exhibitions inspire youth art clubs.

The Bowes Museum's exhibitions inspire youth art clubs.

Youngsters to visit LEGO®:Building The Bowes Museum and Frances Priest:Influences of the East exhibitions.







 A North Yorkshire born teacher is returning to her roots and using the temporary exhibitions at The Bowes Museum as the inspiration for her classes.


Lydia Wood, who runs Art Kids, has held classes for the last 3 years in London but decided to head north this summer to bring the experience to youngsters here.


She’s going to be running a week of art workshops and projects from 29 July to 2 August at Fleetham Lodge in Northallerton from 9am to 3.30pm.


Children attending The Art Week workshops will be responding to the LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum and the Frances Priest, Influences of the East exhibitions.  They’ll find out more about contemporary and traditional artists, the different skills they use and create two separate artworks inspired by the displays.


The week prior to that she’ll be holding two free sculpture sessions for children aged between 5 and 12 years old at The Bowes Museum.


Youngsters will be able to look around the Frances Priest exhibition and get a chance to make some pencil sketches of the colourful sculptures before heading down to the wet vaults to make their very own fun sculptures in response to the works they’ve viewed.


The Arts Kids workshops will run from 10.00 until 12.30 and again from 2.00 until 4.30 on Wednesday 24 July.


Lydia Wood, said: “I’m really excited to be working with The Bowes Museum, it’s an inspirational place and provides a fun and exciting environment which will spark the children’s imaginations as they try out new skills and techniques.”


The Arts Kids workshops at The Bowes Museum are bookable via our website:


To book The Art Week please enrol via the website or contact Lydia Wood on 07904343517 or via email




Notes to editors:


·         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 Arts Council England.
  • Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.
  • The Bowes Museum has undergone major redevelopment, 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.

·         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 03000 262626,



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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May

Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!