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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 is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!