Young People

Young People

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.


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    Information about closing

    19 March 2020

    Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

    Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

    Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

    We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

    25 March 2020

    It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

    Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

    The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

    The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

    There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

    In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

    You can keep up to date with developments here or on our Facebook and Twitter.

    We’ll be back…