Young Curators

Young Curators’ Tea Party

30 August, 11.30 - Free drop-in event, under 18s must get parental consent, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

Bring your picnic and a blanket and join us for a day of creativity on the back lawn of the Museum. Our Young Curators have been inspired by the Fashion and Textiles collection and they’ve put together a day of workshops you can try your hands at.
Jess Langford and Lucy Addison will be leading a jewellery making workshop and you can also create your own statement fashion accessory in another. There will also be an open air photo studio where Young Curator and photographer Sophie Somers will be taking portraits of people adorned in their newly created jewellery and fashion pieces.
Please note if you are under 16 you must be accompanied by an adult.

Download and share the event poster here.




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


*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.



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