Durham University

Five Years, Three Partners, One Painting: Workshopping with Bouts


We are very excited to announce a webinar we are hosting on 1 March at 10.00 am centred around this painting from the Workshop of Dieric Bouts (1415-1475). 

After five years of collaboration, this unique webinar will celebrate the projects created by The Bowes Museum, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and York Art Gallery. The subject and period of the piece make it quite rare in public collections within the United Kingdom, but because of this project, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child (1470-80) travelled to each location reaching a broader audience. Over the past five years, the painting impacted various age groups including families, young adults and those suffering from dementia through uniquely formed engagement activities that spoke directly to their interests. These projects found new and creative ways to educate the public about one of the most influential Netherlandish painters of his time. Members from each organisation are coming together to share their experience and learning from an activity programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We will also hear from The Bowes Museum’s Young Curators and interns from the Universities of York and Durham, who have also created several projects around this painting. Learn about the highlights of the projects created over the past five years and their impact as lasting legacies of this beloved painting. *This webinar is free and open to anyone, but spaces are limited.

With thanks to Durham University student Abigail Winslow for creating the Bouts webinar. 

Reserve your place here. 




Up and personal with Bouts

Have you ever had a chance to inspect a painting really close up and find more about the details in it? Durham University student Molly Ingham has created a virtual in-depth tour of the St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child painting from the Workshop of Dieric Bouts.

'My aim was to create an activity that would allow the audience to virtually step inside the painting, allowing the audience to see details that they might miss in the gallery. I decided to create an activity aimed at Key Stage 2 primary school students, however, I believe that it can be enjoyed by all ages. The digital has become so important to the Arts sector during the pandemic, and I am so grateful to the Bowes Museum for helping me explore how we can use technology to provide greater access to artwork and museums. If you want to experience this amazing painting in a unique way, then follow the link!'

Explore Bouts here.


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 grounds are open!

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. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

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 Café 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.

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.