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Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

16 November 2019 to 23 February 2020

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

The Bowes Museum is honoured to be holding the first major retrospective of works by one of the most loved artists from the North of England.

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, will open almost 100 years to the day after the artists birth in Spennymoor.

There will be more than 60 works on show including, pastels, charcoals and oil paintings from both public and private collections, some of which are previously unseen.

Cornish was a magnificent chronicler of everyday life, recording the social environment and industrial landscape in which he lived and worked; painting the community he knew with integrity, providing a documentary of a bygone era.


Judy Hurst - Illumination: the Gateway to Eternity

21 September 2019 – 23 February 2020

Judy Hurst - Illumination: the Gateway to Eternity

Judy Hurst returns to The Bowes Museum with another selling exhibition of intricate illustrative works.  

She specialises in the historic and traditional technique of painting on vellum (calfskin). 

Her work is inspired by her knowledge, respect and deep love of nature and the patterns that she believes are fundamental to existence.

The prints in the exhibition will be available to buy in the Museum shop along with a selection of smaller prints and cards.


Santa returns to The Bowes Museum

1 - 22 December 2019

Santa returns to The Bowes Museum

Book your tickets now to see Santa in his enchanting woodland grotto at The Bowes Museum.

He's found space in his busy schedule to fly in to make Christmas extra special from the 1st to the 22nd of December.

On arrival you'll be greeted by his friendly elves who'll show you to his toyshop where you can create festive crafts before meeting Santa himself in his cosy sitting room grotto, where he'll complete the magic by presenting each eligible child with an early Christmas gift.

It costs just £12 per child, and accompanying adults are free.

The popular Christmas Market returns this year, from 10am - 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 13 - 15 December, with handpicked stalls in both the grounds and Museum selling a wonderful array of locally produced food, drinks and crafts accompanied by live music and entertainment.

 

 


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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!