The Bowes Museum > Exhibitions > 2017 > Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action
 

8 April 2017 - 9 July

This exhibition will celebrate England’s best-known eighteenth-century actor, David Garrick (1717-1779), marking the 300th anniversary of his birth. The Bowes Museum recently acquired two paintings by Johann Zoffany (1733-1810) commissioned by Garrick, representing him in action.

David Garrick and Mrs Cibber as Jaffier and Belvidera in ‘Venice Preserv’d’  and David Garrick and Mary Bradshaw in David Garrick’s ‘The Farmer’s Return’ were commissioned for his residence at The Adelphi, at that time one of London’s most fashionable developments, and held until recently in the same private collection following the death of Garrick’s widow in 1820.

Through paintings, engravings, contemporary mezzotints and theatrical paraphernalia, the display will show how artists depicted the ‘theatrical action’, and how these representations encouraged the emerging phenomenon of ‘celebrity’. It will also make possible a remarkable collaboration with The Georgian Theatre Royal in nearby Richmond (North Yorkshire), which is aimed at helping visitors understand and appreciate theatrical life in the 18th century while illustrating how Yorkshire was the first place for theatre entertainment after London. Built in 1788, it is the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form. 

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Theatre Action!

18 April, 10.00 – 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.30, £4.00 per child

Theatre Action! Theatre is the inspiration for this craft workshop as you design and make a wooden spoon puppet and cardboard stage to entertain your family. As part of the workshop you will also explore the Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action exhibition. Suitable for children aged 5+ who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

 


Theatre Action!

19 April, 10.00 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.30, £4.00 per child

Theatre Action! Theatre is the inspiration for this craft workshop as you design and make a wooden spoon puppet and cardboard stage to entertain your family. As part of the workshop you will also explore the Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action exhibition. Suitable for children aged 5+ who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

 


Gallery Talk – Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

22 April, 2.15

Gallery Talk – Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

Join the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti, to learn more about the current exhibition Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action.


Gallery Talk – Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

12 May, 2.15

Gallery Talk – Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

Join the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti, to learn more about the current exhibition Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action.


Painting the Theatre

5 June, 7.30, The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond. £5.00 (incl a glass of wine)

Painting the Theatre

Join French Art Historian Dr Véronique Gerard Powell, guest curator of the exhibition for an insight talk in an original Georgian setting. Véronique will discuss how the items chosen (which include paintings, engravings and mezzotints), can help us to better understand Garrick's extraordinary talent and the vitality of British theatre in the 18th Century.  She will also consider how artists depicted ‘theatrical action’, and how these representations reflect the emerging phenomenon of ‘celebrity'.


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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.