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Beyond Bagpuss - an Artist's Journey


20 October 2012 - 17 February 2013


Artist Linda Birch, illustrator of Bagpuss & The Clangers, had an exhibition of her work at The Bowes Museum, where she holds regular painting classes.

Beyond Bagpuss – an Artist’s Journey was an exploration of Linda’s paintings and illustrations, from her early days of working with the legendary animators Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate – which included drawings of the first nipples (on mermaids!) to be shown on the BBC – through her long career as painter, teacher and writer.

The exhibition featured work from Bagpuss, along with artwork from the BBC’s Jackanory, plus around 40 works, including new paintings, outlining her 40 year career.

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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.

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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.