Young Curators

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The Bowes Museum’s Young Curators Alice and Reuben have designed a creative brief for young people to respond to on 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). The winners will have the opportunity to have their art exhibited at The Bowes Museum. For all the information on how to take part please follow the link to our Young People Opportunities page here

The deadline for responses is Friday 5th February at 10am. 


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 Working From Home With Bouts Virtual Exhibition Tour below.

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



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 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.