#Untitled10 2019
#Untitled10 2019

#Untitled10 2019

11 October 2019 - 28 February 2020

The Bowes Centre is thrilled to announce that it has chosen the 10 artists who’ll be taking part in #Untitled10 2019.


Following the success of #Untitled10 2018, these diverse craft makers and artists in residence will respond to The Bowes Museum’s collections in completely new ways, which will be on public display from 11 October 2019 until 28 February 2020.


The exhibition will give a unique and experimental perspective, showcasing the creative processes of the artists and key themes will include exploring the concepts of craft, materials and making.


Their interpretations of the stories surrounding the Museum, its creation and history will be presented as deliberately unfinished, work-in-progress objects, installations and performances that will highlight the exploratory journey they have taken during the commission, provoking conversation.


Their work will be shown around the Museum, in spaces and alongside pieces that inspired them, like #Untitled10 2018.


They include:


·         Andrew Hutchinson, a cabinet maker from Weardale.  He’s been working with wood and experimenting with form for over 10 years.  He lets the timber he works with inspire the design, accentuating flaws, figure and grain pattern to enhance his work.  He’s creating a series of boxes within boxes based on the progression of experience and the building of the Museum for #Untitled 10 2019.

·         Lady Kitt is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and is a maker, activist, researcher and drag king who uses paper cutting, performance and research to create objects, events and interactions. Kitt’s work is driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore the social and political functions of making. Kitt is working on a 5 foot paperchain of Sapphos, a series of interactive performances staged in an origami boat and with local LGBTQ+ groups running workshops in and around the Museum.

·         Claire A Baker is a lecturer at The Northern School of Art and a practising embroidery artist.  Her research is concerned with abandonment, memory, place and the lost with a focus on the traditional and historical influences of textile craft and the positive intervention of modern technology.  Her work will look at lace and embroidery in the Museum’s collection.

·         Caroline Collinge is a North East specialist in the paper arts and has created installations and exhibitions using the Japanese crafts of origami and katagami combined with the contemporary use of laser cutting. She’s focusing on the architecture and history of The Bowes Museum to craft miniature paper scenes as part of her commission.

·         Richard Bliss is an artist who has worked previously at The Bowes Museum, assisting with Distance No Object in 2005, and is using #Untitled10 2019 as an opportunity to extend his pattern making skills. He’s used archives from the Teesdale Mercury to find a story about a fight during the construction of the Museum and is designing a shirt for the joiner quoted in the article who broke up the dispute.

·         Joanne Howell was born in Sunderland and her ethos as an artist is to make art as accessible and interesting to people as possible. She does this through hands on workshops.  She sees this commission as a focussed and personal extension to the #wearexperimenting project she has just completed where she tries to find an affinity with the collection through photographic practises.  She will focus her work on the confessions of John Bowes grandmother, Mary Eleanor Bowes.

·         Jim Bond is a light sculptor who specialises in dynamic kinetic structures and forms which express the fragility and futility of life.  He has recently collaborated with

biological researchers at The University of Leeds who are working on fly wing mechanisms, He’s going to be creating a modern animatronic view of the Silver Swan’s neck.

·         Judy DiBiase is a ceramic artist who studied at Northumbria University.  She has an interest in the archiving and storing of memory and how objects can act as a catalyst for remembering. She often uses drawings and text that are transferred onto clay through direct printing which maintains all the nuances of the drawn. She’s going to be creating high fired ceramic cups that will be placed around the Museum.

·         Kate Ive is an award winning Scottish artist who sculpts and carves by hand on both a monumental and minute scale with an eye for detail and intricacy in a wide range of materials ranging from concrete and bronze to wax and light filters. She is focussing her #Untitled10 2019 on the theme of ‘time’ in the Museum.

·         Sara Cooper is an artist and teacher who lives and works in the North East of England.  She’s exploring the possibilities of woodcut print making using pieces of John Bowes original monkey puzzle tree, picking up on those details in Joséphine’s paintings.  Sara is learning the heritage craft of charcoal making and is using the resulting charcoal in her work.


Matthew Read, the Director of The Bowes Centre, said: “I’m really excited to see what these amazingly talented artists create during #Untitled10 2019.  I love the diversity of their work and the way it will draw new audiences into The Bowes Museum as they interpret the collections along with the historic connections and stories around the creation of the Museum.  This year’s exhibition promised to appeal to broad audiences, showing the Museum in a new light through fresh eyes.”


Many of the artists will be holding workshops, talks and events leading up to and during the exhibition.


#Untitled10 2019 will open on 11 October 2019 and run through until 28 February, 2020.




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. www.artscouncil.org.uk

·         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, www.discoverdurham.co.uk



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