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Northern Light Celebrating the Landscape of the Northern Dales


Northern Light – Celebrating the Landscape of the Northern Dales, was part of the annual Swaledale Festival, which, for the first time in its 30 year history, extended its activities into Barnard Castle.Taking the local landscape as inspiration, each student was paired up with one of 15 professional artists, who acted as mentors and gave guidance during the preparation of the pictures.

The collaboration involved the students in visiting their artist’s studio in out-of-school time, which gave them a valuable insight into the working life of an artist.The finished works, by both artists and students, were hung together in the exhibition and for sale in matched pairs. Sealed bids starting at £100.00 per pair were placed in the box provided, or sent to the Museum by post. The box was opened at the end of the exhibition, with the highest bidder for each pair securing their chosen paintings. The payment was shared equally between artist and student, with no commission charged by the Museum or the Swaledale Festival.

Artists taking part were Michael Bilton, Linda Birch, Piers Browne, Jill Campbell, Helen Costello, John Degnan, Alan Dyson, Winifred Hodge, Wendy Jones, Ed Kluz, Ray Landon, Anne Mason, Chris Mouncey, Carol Tyler and Ann Whitfield. The exhibition also featured paintings from The Bowes Museum’s collection, including three watercolours by the celebrated landscape artist J M W Turner along with work by Douglas Pittuck, Reginald Grenville Eves and Benjamin Heslop.

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.