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Jonathan Yeo: Skin Deep

10 March – 17 June 2018

The Bowes Museum is pleased to host British artist Jonathan Yeo. Acclaimed worldwide for his depictions of public figures including Nicole Kidman, Cara Delevingne, Damien Hirst and members of the Royal family, this new show is based on his Surgery Series. Through the classical medium of oil paint Yeo will be exploring the intricacies and complex issues surrounding the current cult for cosmetic surgery and the quest for physical ‘perfection’. 

 SKIN DEEP is a major survey of Yeo’s Surgery Series, and will include well known and acclaimed works, as well as recent oil paintings charting the latest developments in aesthetic enhancement. Working from archival photos and observing cosmetic surgeons at first hand, the works show patients in pre- and post-operative states.

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Life Drawing

14 April, 10.00-12.00, £20 Adult, £18 FOBM and Annual Pass holders, £10 Students

Life Drawing

Join artist Gavin Watson and life model in the Jonathan Yeo Skin Deep exhibition, for a special opportunity to study the human form from different perspectives. Suitable for everyone, materials are included in the price. 


Gallery Talks

16 April, 9 May, 7 June, 2.15

Gallery Talks

Join our Exhibitions team for an introduction to Jonathan Yeo Skin Deep exhibition. Free with admission or for pass holders. 

10 minute Talks

24 April, 19 May, 14 June, 2.15

10 minute Talks

Join us for a short informal talk looking at one aspect of Skin Deep by Jonathan Yeo. Free with admission or annual pass holders. 

Skin Deep - Painting the Face in pastel, acrylics or oils

4 May, 10.00 – 4.30, £35.00 Adults £33.00 Friends (inc morning refreshments)

Skin Deep - Painting the Face in pastel, acrylics or oils

The human face is eternally interesting. Join artist Linda Birch to create a human visage, taking inspiration from the current exhibition Skin Deep by Jonathan Yeo, who explores conceptual themes in his Surgery Series, depicting in the classical medium of oil paint, the intricacies and complex issues surrounding the current cult for cosmetic surgery and the quest for physical ‘perfection’. 



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Join Kit, who transitioned from female to male, as he enters a male gym changing room for the first time, exploring the epic path that we all have to take when trying to forge an identity. Winner of the best theatre show award at the Pleasance 2017 & nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award 2017. This is a partnership with The Witham and the play will be performing in their main theatre space. 




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.