The Bouts Project is a four year project which centres on a 15th century painting, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, painted in the Workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder between 1440 and 1460. Bouts was one of the most important artists of his time in northern Europe (he was born in about 1415 and died in 1475, the same year that King Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in England). His paintings are in museums around the world, including several in the National Gallery in London.
The painting was saved for the nation in 2016 by The Bowes Museum, with funding from the Art Fund, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Friends of The Bowes Museum and other private donors.
Since 2016, it’s been the focus of a public programme of events and activities designed for specific audiences, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. During this time the painting has toured to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and York Art Gallery. It returns to The Bowes Museum in 2020.
Jess White who is Project Coordinator: Engaging Audiences, is planning a programme of activities to engage young people aged between 13 and 25 with the painting.
To find out more about Jess and why she is so passionate about working with young people, then read her blog here.
Due to COVID-19, Jess has been unable to meet with young people. However an online campaign #InspiredByBouts has been created which invites young people to get creative at home.
More details can be found here.
More exciting news and projects will be coming soon, so please check here regularly for all the latest on The Bouts Project.