University of York

During the summer of 2020 University of York joined the Bouts Project with a few interesting projects delivered by two of their students Adele Carraro and Naomi Lomax. 


Adele Carraro 

Adele Carraro is a the University of York Curating and Art History graduate who was inspired by the Bouts painting and the 2020 lockdown for her project. She asked our audience a very important question: Is It Possible to Have a Great Art Experience from Home? Find out more about Adele and her project here. Her research continued with the creation of a virtual space for the Bouts painting, where the painting can be seen in a different environment compared to the one of the Museum. The Bouts CoSpaces can be accessed by anyone by following the link here. Instructions for the game can be downloaded here


Naomi Lomax 

Naomi Lomax is a Curating and Art History student at the University of York. Naomi was #InspiredByBouts and has created a project exploring the decorative elements of the painting organising them in a A-Z glosarry for Instagram. Elements like garments, fabrics, decorative motifs were compared with similar paintings from the National Gallery and analysed for a better understanding of the painting. Find more about Naomi and her project here. You can see Naomi's posts about her project on The Bowes Museum social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter


Both projects were kindly supported by: The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Gallery 

With thanks to: Adele Carraro, Naomi Lomax Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein from University of York, Jane Whittaker Keeper Of Collections at The Bowes Museum, Jessica White Bouts Project Coordinator, University of York Art History Society, Department of History of Art at the University of York 


The Bowes Museum is closed!

Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Caf� Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.