It's never too late to participate!

Since March 2020 we've hosted some fantastic artist led workshops inspired by the famous St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child painting by Workshop of Dieric Bouts. 

Many young people have joined us and taken part from around the world, some of which have been exhibited in The Bowes Museum. Don't miss out on these resources, download and use them in the classroom, at home or at the community centre. You can share your results with us by using the hashtag #InspiredByBouts and tagging @TheBowesMuseum. 

Which one are you going to take part? 


Bouts Art Competition

Interior Fantasy Space                                 Portrait Through Objects                              Imagined Landscape

Watch Richard Bliss's Workshop         Watch Rachel McGivern's Workshop        Watch Richard Bliss's Workshop

Download Richard's instructions here.          Download Rachel's instructions here.            Download Richard's instructions here.


Bouts Art School

Over the 2020 summer holiday we launched the Bouts Art School throughout the summer holiday. 6 artists joined us and created workshops which were presented Live for everyone to join in. It's not too late to join in yourself, find them all below. 


Zine Making                                                   Colour, Composition & Collage                   Storrytelling & Photography 

Watch Richard's workshop                             Watch Melanie's workshop                              Watch Rachel's workshop

Download Richard's instructions here.          Download Melanie's instructions here.            Download Rachel's instructions here.



Unfiltered Views                                            A Different Perspective                                Paint Making 

Watch Jilly's workshop                                   Watch Carlos's workshop                                Watch Sarah's workshop

Download Jilly's instructions here.                Download Carlos's instructions here.              Download Sarah's instructions here







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.