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Durham County Council Open Art Competition

2 March 2013 - 7 April 2013

This was the fifth year that Durham County Council had staged the open art exhibition, which over the years had grown from strength to strength. The exhibition is now an established annual event that the council has provided to give local artists a platform and opportunity to showcase their work.

This year two Chinese Artists, Annie Liu and Jiangiang Bai exhibited their work alongside local artists. They learned of the exhibition as Annie was living in Durham and studying for an MA in graphic design at Northumbria University.

Annie completed a degree in industrial design at the University of Beijing, before leaving China to be with her partner Jie Wang, who is a Physics lecturer at Durham University.

Jiangiang Bai completed his degree in fine art and is now a professional artist and teaches art at Beijing University. He has had many solo exhibitions of his work throughout China but this will be the first time he has exhibited outside of his home country.

Artists were being encouraged to draw on their creative skills for the chance to scoop a £1,000 prize.

Everyone interested has been able to submit work for inclusion in the exhibition with award prizes of £1,000, £500 & £250 for the best three entries. A panel of expert judges from within the arts world selected the winning entries and the final selection for the exhibition.

Past exhibitions had attracted artists from Columbia - South America, Poland, China and Germany, as well as from throughout the UK.

Annie Liu


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.

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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.