Still Life Is Real Life


10 November - 10 March 2019

This innovative display celebrates timeless aspects of everyday life, inviting social comparisons between historic paintings from The Bowes Museum’s still life collection and modern age photographs of the local Barnard Castle market.

For hundreds of years, markets have connected communities, traders and craftspeople and Barnard Castle’s market is renowned as being amongst the oldest in the country.  Personal stories and situations are beautifully captured in images which are shown to be universally relevant to characters and painted scenes from bygone eras.  The exhibits evoke a strong sense of place and community, engaging the viewer in the story and highlighting how little has changed over the years.  The Museum’s collections are shown to be inextricably linked to the local area and its rich cultural landscape.