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Tim Walker: Dreamscapes


25 May 2013 - 1 September 2013


An innovative exhibition of photographs by Tim Walker, revealing how this leading fashion photographer is a significant artist with roots in traditions of English landscape painting.


Curated by Greville Worthington, this exhibition explored Walker’s work beyond the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair, showing influences from British Surrealism, and a unique Neo-Romantic take on a particularly English aesthetic. The improbability of Walker’s sets in these 26 photographs fringes on Surrealism; beds float in trees, a flying saucer glides alongside a fox hunt, and giant dolls crash through landscapes filled with foreboding, where nature frightens rather than soothes. The ambition and scale of his images is especially impressive as they are not digitally manipulated; every fantastical scene is created with props.

For the first time, Walker’s images were displayed in light boxes, which gave a new quality of drenched colour to the images.


Related Events


Landscape Photography for beginners
4 June, 10.00 – 2.00, £25.00pp incl Lunch

In many works featured in this exhibition, Tim Walker uses the natural landscape in original and captivating ways. On this one day course you will learn the basics of composition, working with natural light and exploring manual setting. Sponsored by the Heart of Teesdale project. Booking required.

Gallery Talks
11 & 25 June, 9 & 23 July, 2.30, Free with admission

Join curator Greville Worthington for an introductory tour of the exhibition.

The Bowes Museum Lates
27 June, 26 July, 29 August, 6.00 -  10.00, £5.00pp

Access to the fashion & contemporary exhibition programme; entertainment from music to scandal; cocktails; and alfresco dining (if weather permits)

The Lost Explorer
7 July, 2.30, £15.00pp

Explore the exhibition with Tim Walker studio manager Rachel Brown, followed by a showing of Tim Walker’s short film The Lost Explorer in the opulent Jubilee Room. Includes popcorn. Booking required.

Pinhole Camera Workshop
3 August, 10.00 – 4.00, £50.00pp

Led by Artist Sebastian Trend make a pinhole camera to create new photographic worlds, and explore the Museum and grounds on a photoshoot creating a series of photographs using your newly made device. Includes a tour of the exhibition. Booking required.

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.