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The Bowes Museum showcases Regeneration exhibition by Martin Kinnear about the year the world ground to a halt.

21 November 2020 - 28 February 2021

The Bowes Museum showcases Regeneration exhibition by Martin Kinnear about the year the world ground to a halt.

The International award-winning Northern artist Martin Kinnear has produced Regeneration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It’s a powerful and moving take on the year the World came to a halt, about what happens when plans are cancelled, futures are placed in doubt and the life-affirming power of change. It’s about beauty and hope and the restorative power of contemplation and features a 16-foot high animation at its centre, inspired by High Force waterfall in Teesdale. 

It’s a humane and thoughtful artistic critique by the Wensley-based artist, who is nicknamed ‘Lefty’ after a stroke 15 years ago at the age of 35, which left him paralysed down his left side. He took Paris by storm in 2018, scooping the prestigious Medaille d’Argent at the Salon Des Beaux Art.

Fun for half term and the run up to Christmas at The Bowes Museum.

We've lots going on for you to join in!

Fun for half term and the run up to Christmas at The Bowes Museum.

If you're looking for inspiration this October half term holiday or for things to do in the run up to Christmas then The Bowes Museum is bound to have something for you.

We've got a packed events programme over the coming months for you to look forward to, including: loads of children's crafts, a drive-in cinema, the return of Santa as well as our not to be missed annual outdoor Christmas Market.

Book your tickets now to guarantee you can join in the fun.

The Bowes Museum seeks new trustees to reshape it for the future.

Closing date 31 October, 2020.

The Bowes Museum is looking for new trustees to join its board to help guide it forward and ensure its success for future generations.

People with energy and a passion for the Arts as well as practical skills and experience are invited to apply as the board aims to become more diverse, relevant and inclusive, reflecting the world around us as it maps the way forward for the 2020's.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020.



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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!

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. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

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 Café 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.

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.