Get your competition entries in to be part of the Regeneration exhibition in January

Get your competition entries in to be part of the Regeneration exhibition in January

Artwork and poetry competitions close at 11.59pm on Sunday 28 November.

There are just three weeks left to get your artwork and poetry entries into The Bowes Museum to be in with a chance of becoming part of the Regeneration exhibition.


Regeneration is Martin Kinnear’s response to the COVID pandemic.  It’s a powerful and moving take on the year the world came to a halt and about what happens when plans are cancelled, futures are placed in doubt and the life-affirming power of change.


The Barnard Castle based Museum launched an open call last month with the North Yorkshire based international award winning artist Martin Kinnear, backed by the Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, the Comedian and amateur painter Jenny Éclair and Durham University’s Director of Creative Writing, the poet, Dr Paul Batchelor.


Budding poets and artists of all ages across the country can enter work that represents the theme of Regeneration.


The Covid pandemic had a huge impact on everyone and The Bowes Museum is keen to offer everyone in the country an opportunity to express creatively how it has affected their lives.


The winning poems will be played out in the gallery throughout Martin Kinnear’s landmark solo exhibition Regeneration and the winning artworks will be displayed alongside his work from 22 January to 25 April 2022.


The open calls are divided into three age categories: 6-11, 12-17 and over 18.


All artworks, must be submitted online in the first instance as JPEG files, less than 20MB in size. The maximum physical size for any artwork, including any frame, is A1 (59.4cm x 84.1cm).


The poems can be no more than 45 lines, on one side of A4.


The competition entry forms, as well as the consent form for parents or guardians of those under 18, can be found on the Museum’s website:


The deadline for all entries is 11.59pm on Sunday, 28 November.


Entries will be judged by panels including Kinnear and guests, Jenny Éclair for artworks and Dr Paul Batchelor for poetry.


The Bowes Museum is open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) from 10 – 5.  Entry to the shop and Cafe Bowes is free.





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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