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blimey! Lucretia opening soon

7 March - 10 May 2020

blimey! Lucretia opening soon

An exhibition which explores the representation of women in culture is set to open soon at The Bowes Museum.

The blimey! collective, a group of female led Darlington artists, took inspiration from The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death of Lucretia exhibition, to delve into the story of the painting of Lucretia to create this immersive exhibition.

Working with groups of people from school age up, they used the act of sewing onto cloth patches as a means to demonstrate reactions to the mythological tale.

Their work will be displayed on dozens of mannequins, which visitors will be able to walk among as they view the project. 


Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection extended to 17 May

Popular demand means there's now more time to see the exhibition

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection extended to 17 May

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it's extending the run of the Norman Cornish exhibition due to popular demand.

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection is the only exhibition dedicated to the lifetime work of the acclaimed County Durham artist who's work has been compared to Breughel, Rembrandt and the Impressionists.

Visitors to the Museum will be able to see more than 70 works from across his career, including items from public and private collections, some of which have never been shown publicly before.

Cornish worked as a miner for more than 30 years and his work is a chronicle of that time.


Last chance to see Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection.

Exhibition closes at 5pm on 23 February

Last chance to see Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection.

There are just over two weeks left to see Norman Cornish: The Defintitive Collection.

The exhibition features more than 70 of the Northern artists works from across his career and includes intimate family sketches, pastels and oil paintings, some of which have never been shown publicly before.

Cornish worked as a miner for more than 30 years and his work chronicles life in a bygone era, showing a snapshot in time with his images of the pit road, the pub and surrounding streets.

 


Family fun at February half term

There's something for everyone to enjoy at The Bowes Museum this holiday.

Family fun at February half term

There's lots to see and do for people of all ages at The Bowes Museum this February half term.

With dedicated children's events happening throughout the week, trails and exhibitions galore there's something for everyone at the Barnard Castle based Museum.

Take part in craft days, printing workshops, a fairytale family fun day and coding workshops from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February.  

Explore the Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World exhibition, with fantastic paintings and a fun interactive area, which opens on 1 February.

There are also just a few weeks left to see the Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection exhibition, which closes on 23 February together with the LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum trail and there's just time to discover more about the stories behind the Museum in the #Untitled10 2019 trail which finishes on 28 February.


School children celebrate Norman Cornish exhibition with a Music Day

Over 130 youngsters create a soundscape inspired by the paintings in The Definitive Collection exhibition.

School children celebrate Norman Cornish exhibition with a Music Day

One hundred and thirty one youngsters from five Teesdale Primary Schools have taken part in a day of musical celebration at The Bowes Museum.

The children from Butterknowle, Cockfield, Evenwood, Ramshaw and Woodland visited Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection and worked with different specialist artists, partially funded by Arts Council England, to produce, what will become, a soundscape for the exhibition.

They then performed their work in the Blue Picture Gallery for visitors to enjoy.

The day also marked the beginning of a wider community project funded by Teesdale Area Action Partnership and Northern Heartlands.


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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 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.

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.