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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’. 



4 May, 8.00, The Witham


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 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!