Goya's Prison: The Year of Despair - The Bowes Museum

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Goya's Prison Gallery Talk

25 April, 2.15, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Goya's Prison Gallery Talk

Goya's is one the biggest artists of the 18th century. Join Director Adrian Jenkins for a short introduction to the current exhibition Goya’s Prison.


Goya's Prison Gallery Talk

23 May, 2.15, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Goya's Prison Gallery Talk

The Bowes Museum’s Interior of a Prison is part of a series of works by Francisco Goya. The Museum’s Director, Adrian Jenkins, explored the story behind the picture created during a monumental moment in Goya’s life. Join Director Adrian Jenkins for a short introduction to the current exhibition Goya’s Prison.


Goya's Prison Gallery Talk

20 June, 2.15, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Goya's Prison Gallery Talk Interior of a prison is part of a series of cabinet pictures that 18th century artist Francisco Goya allowed himself to produce images that were of personal interest rather than the restrictions imposed by patrons. Join Dr Howard Couts for a short introduction to the current exhibition Goya’s Prison. 

Goya’s Prison: The Year of Despair

23 March – 23 June 2019

Goya’s Prison: The Year of Despair

Visitors to The Bowes Museum have the chance to see an in depth exhibition focussing on a small but career defining painting created during a turning point in the life of the Spanish painter Goya, before a group of the Museum's key Spanish paintings go on loan to The Meadows Museum in Dallas in September.

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, has curated this show, which looks specifically at the Museum's The Interior of a Prison.

This work was created after a tumultuous period in the painters life when he became severely ill and although he eventually recovered he was left profoundly deaf.


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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!