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Durham Singers

22 June, 7.00, £18.00 Guests, £15.00 Friends, Summer nibbles and drinks will be available

Durham Singers

We are pleased to announce a summer concert performed by the fabulous Durham Singers, who regularly perform at Durham Cathedral. This will be their first concert at The Bowes Museum, in the splendid Picture Galleries. The concert will take place in the early evening, with summer nibbles and drinks.

The Durham Singers were founded in the early 1970s in the tradition of other great chamber choirs around the UK. Their core aim is to put on concerts of largely unaccompanied music and to build an enthusiastic audience through imaginative programming and top quality singing. Julian, the Choirmaster, has already researched and developed our music for this evening’s performance and has chosen French and English pieces.

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Painting Silver in Oils or Watercolour

19 July, 10.00 – 4.00, £45.00 Adults, £43.00 Friends

Painting Silver in Oils or Watercolour

Join artist Linda Birch to learn how to capture the magical lustre of silver.  Visit the galleries to sketch and observe silver objects and paintings of silver, then learn practical techniques to help you paint highlights, shadows and reflections.  All oil or watercolour painters are welcome.  Please bring your painting materials (oils or watercolours) plus a silver or plated item. There will be spare items available to paint from.

Painting and Drawing Architecture in the Open Air

15 August, 10.00 - 4.45, Includes morning refreshments, £45 Adults, £43 Friends

Painting and Drawing Architecture in the Open Air

Join artist Chris Mouncey for an enjoyable day painting The Bowes Museum in the fresh air. Chris will show you different painting techniques to help you create inspiring architectural pictures and answer your questions throughout the day. This workshop is part of the events programme for Lego: Building The Bowes Museum. In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will be held inside the Museum. A full itinerary is available below or by contacting the Reception team. If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will be happy to help you. To book contact 01833 690 606. 


for the day and a list of materials you need to bring with you is available on the Museum website or by contact the Reception team. If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will be happy to help you. Book at 01833 690606.

Joséphine Bowes’ Winter Pictures

22 November, 10.00 – 4.00, £45.00 Adults, £43.00 Friends

Joséphine Bowes’ Winter Pictures

Joséphine Bowes’ pictures are full of atmosphere.  In this class with artist Linda Birch you will visit the galleries to sketch and observe her snowy, stormy works then learn practical techniques to recreate the pre-impressionist style and capture the winter light.  Please bring with you: your oils, acrylics plus brushes and large palette, an easel or table easel, a fairly large painting surface, canvas or board (approximately A2 or larger as Joséphine painted large pictures) a winter landscape photograph with some trees.


Further Information

Further details of forthcoming Friends’ Events will always be found in the centre pages (12 & 13) of each issue of our quarterly newsletter Bowes Arts (see link to recent issues in the right-hand column).

Booking and Information
: To book tickets for any Friends' Event or to gain further information, contact the Friends' Office, tel 01833 690606 ext.233 or email:

Tickets may also be booked by completing the Booking Form included in the quarterly "Bowes Arts" and sending it to:
The Friends' Office (Events)
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
DL12 8NP

When booking tickets, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope; without this, tickets will have to be collected.

The Friends' office is run by volunteers and it is not, therefore, always possible to speak to someone. However, you may leave a message on the answer phone or in an email and a response will be sent at the earliest opportunity.