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 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.