Young Curators

Our six Young Curators have been working hard behind the scenes to offer young people some exciting opportunities this February half term all inspired by the painting: St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child made in the Workshop of Dieric Bouts (c.1415 – 1475). See their project below. 


All about Bouts Quiz

Keira and Jayne, have created a Bouts Quiz, which goes live from Wednesday 17th February and closes Sunday 28thFebruary 2021. Enter the quiz for your chance to win an original artwork by artist Rachel McGivern.

Access Quiz


Artwork by Rachel McGivern

*Don't forget the quiz closes Sunday 28thFebruary 2021. Any entries after that will not be accepted.

A Sensory Journey


Sophie and Blake, two of our Young Curators, have made sensory packs exploring details from the painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Childmade in the workshop of Dieric Bouts. You can listen to their audio description of the painting here.



Who do you worship?


 The Bowes Museum’s Young Curators Alice and Reuben launched a creative brief inviting young people to respond to the theme of ‘Worship’ inspired by the painting Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child made in the Workshop of Dieric Bouts (c.1415 – 1475). You can view the four winning artworks as part of The Bouts Festival Virtual Exhibition Tour, which also includes art made by young people at Teesside University, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College and art made by young people at Auckland Youth Community Centre here:



The winning artists: 


Amy's images are stills from her video art which can be viewd here. 


Angelica's work is accompanied by the below poem: 

Who do you worship 

In the dead of night 

When your toes stick out the quilt 

And your curtain allows a slither of light 

Who do you turn to 

Who answers your call 

Whos arms do you long for 

When you know you’re going to fall 


I am sick and falling apart

My body function is state of the art

Except the artist can’t draw a straight line 

Or make me feel any semblance of fine 


I long for life before my body liquefied

Now asleep under the sheets 

Is the only place i feel dignified 

I worship rest and being allowed to not cope 

I don't worship a bishop, a cardinal or pope

I am beloved in the bed galore 

I am not devoted to institutions anymore 

Me and the pillow 

Have developed our own rapport 



Who and what are the Young Curators?


The Young Curators are a group of six young people from the North East collaborating with The Bowes Museum to plan and deliver events for other young people ages 13 – 25 years.

The Young Curators first project has been the rehanging of the painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child (C.1415 – 1475) Made in the Workshop of Dirk Bouts the Elder. They have created an exhibition that displays the Bouts painting titled: Working From Home With Bouts.

To learn more about the Young Curators and this project please watch the film below.


Working from Home with Bouts: Young Curators


Explore the Young Curators exhibition 'Working From Home with Bout' in the virtual tour below. 


You can also download the exhibition poster for Working From Home With Bouts here.


Virtual tours created by Owen Weightman.



With support:

Download the guidance for Young Curators Creative Brief

Download the guidance for Young Curators Creative Brief

Download the guidance for Young Curators Creative Brief

Download the Poster

Download the Poster

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.