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 2018


Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore

7 July 2018 - 6 January 2019

A blockbuster of a show and once in a lifetime opportunity to see world leading fashion designs – from Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Dior, McQueen, YSL, Giles Deacon, Prada & Jean Paul Gaultier and many more – alongside images from the king of catwalk photography, Chris Moore. The Bowes Museum presents iconic fashion moments!
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To Serve King & Country: Exploring the role of Teesdale in WW1

20 October 2018 - 3 March 2019

This exhibition commemorates Teesdale's response to the call to arms during the First World War and marks the culmination of the Museum's HLF-funded Roll of Honour research project. The response of local people, the home front and heroism in the face of war will unfold through memorabilia, stories and accounts, as you explore this poignant exhibition.
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Charlotte Hodes: Women & Pattern

13 October 2018 - 24 February 2019

This exhibition reveals the way in which Hodes’ practice is informed by historical decorative porcelain and how she transforms her source material to create contemporary imagery with a feminist narrative.
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Still Life Is Real Life

10 November - 10 March 2019

This innovative display celebrates timeless aspects of everyday life, inviting social comparisons between historic paintings from The Bowes Museum’s still life collection and modern age photographs of the local Barnard Castle market
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#Untitled10 – An Exhibition of Ideas

8 November - 10 January

Would you like to view creativity in action? Ten diverse Northern talents beautifully encapsulate the artistic process as it unfurls, using The Bowes Museum as an inspirational backdrop.
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