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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


#Untitled10 2019

11 October – 28 February 2020

10 craft makers and artists in residence at The Bowes Centre, will present a unique series of works in progress displayed around the Museum, near items or stories that influenced their creation. #Untitled10 2019 will explore the concepts of craft, materials and making, showcasing the processes involved in interpreting the Museum itself, its history and collection.
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Lego®: Building The Bowes Museum

25 May – 13 October 2019

Everyone of all ages, from children to the young at heart, can see our Museum in a new way – recreate our history and collections in LEGO®! Start with building some of the objects from our collection that tell the story of John and Joséphine before ending up in a makerspace that explains how the Museum was built.
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Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants

20 July – 3 November

Immerse yourself in Nick Sharratt’s world, find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career including Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete.
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Hockney and Hollywood

13 July – 3 November 2019

This Summer we welcome Hollywood to The Bowes Museum in the form of a major photo montage by Britain's most famous living artist. The picture called Nude, 17th June 1984 was commissioned by film director Nicolas Roeg (best known for directing amongst others The Witches) for the movie Insignificance that starred his wife Theresa Russell as Marilyn Monroe. Accompanying this are original photographs taken by Roeg observing Hockney at work on the picture.
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Judy Hurst – Illumination: the Gateway to Eternity

21 September – 23 February 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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