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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


Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

16 November 2019 - 23 February 2020

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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#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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The Power And The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death of Lucretia

26 October – 20 January 2020

This is the first exhibition outside London dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni, presenting the artist and his relevance in Western art history. This exclusive exhibition will feature unique works by the master from prestigious public and private collections that will allow to experience for the first time the mastery and the aesthetic quality of Guido Reni’s masterpieces.
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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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Lego®: Building The Bowes Museum

25 May – 23 February 2020

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®! Follow the trail building some of the objects from our collection that tell the story of John and Joséphine.
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