Get your own piece of the Catwalking exhibition
Get your own piece of the Catwalking exhibition

Get your own piece of the Catwalking exhibition

Catwalking tubes up for grabs

As we take down and dismantle the hugely successful Catwalking exhibition The Bowes Museum is giving people the chance to get their hands on a piece of the display.


Some of the mannequins wearing designer clothing featured in the photographs on show were displayed on a catwalk made of white cardboard tubes designed by the artist Steve Messam.


We now have hundreds of those tubes up for grabs, most measuring around 75cm long and 8 cm in diameter.


Joanna Hashagen, Curator of Fashion and Textiles, said: “It would be a shame to see these go to waste, some are being recycled but we thought we would offer them for free to the community to see if any schools, groups or individuals wanted to upcycle them. 


“They can be used in a variety of ways from growing award winning carrots to cutting up into drawer organisers or even reinventing as a bench.”


To claim your tubes please contact The Bowes Museum reception team on 01833 690606.


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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.