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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 in 2019


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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Frances Priest: Influences of the East

22 June - 15 September 2019

Ceramics artist Frances Priest presents a selection of her recent work inspired by Eastern ornaments, colours and patterns, set amongst historic Chinese and Japanese porcelain from Museum’s own collections.
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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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