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Current Exhibitions


The Bowes Museum offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions to complement the display of its permanent collections. These range from major blockbusters often curated by staff, here at the Museum, to touring exhibitions and works on loan from other institutions.

Current Exhibitions


Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World

1 February – 8 November 2020

Explore a world of medieval myths and legends, of tales of heroic deeds and chivalric honour; for the most part the knights depicted by the Pre-Raphaelites in the 19th century were lovers as well as fighters. Masterworks by Rossetti, Millais and Burne Jones bring these tales and myths to life.
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Bouts Art Competition Exhibition

20 July - 31 August 2020

The artworks on display are the selected winning entries from the Bouts Art Competition. The Bouts Art Competition ran from 5 June 2020 to 30 June 2020. the competition was designed for young people ages 13 - 25 years old, to engage them with the Bouts painting: 'St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child' which returns to The Bowes Museum this autumn.
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blimey! Lucretia

7 March - 11 October 2020

blimey! Lucretia is an exhibition which explores the representation of women in culture. The blimey! collective, a group of female led Darlington artists, took inspiration from The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death of Lucretia exhibition, to delve into the story of the painting of Lucretia to create this immersive exhibition.
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Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

16 November 2019 - 17 January 2021

Celebrating the centenary of acclaimed artist Norman Cornish MBE, this major retrospective tells the story of his enduring career with the most comprehensive collection of his work ever assembled, including a number of previously unseen pieces.
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Judy Hurst – Illumination: the Gateway to Eternity

21 September 2019 – 13 September 2020

Judy Hurst returns to The Bowes Museum with another display of intricate illustrative works. She specialises in the historic and traditional technique of painting on vellum (calfskin). Her work is inspired by her knowledge, respects and deep love of nature and the patterns that she believes are fundamental to existence.
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You are able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia exhibitions as well as an exciting programme of family workshops throughout the summer holidays.

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