4 April – 6 September
New American Scenery showcases the latest ceramic works by the contemporary Cumbrian artist Paul Scott, featuring works of historical transferwares that have been updated for today's audience.
Scott spent five years investigating early blue and white transferwares that were shipped from Staffordshire to the United States in the 19th century.
30 May – 8 September 2020
Adolphe Monticelli was greatly admired by Joséphine Bowes who bought three of his paintings in the 1860s. Later he was to influence both Cézanne and Van Gogh. Van Gogh was a huge admirer of Monticelli’s techniques and following his example adopted a brighter and bolder palette. Find out more about this important but lesser known artist in this in focus display.
23 May – 1 November 2020
In 1738 Clara was the most famous rhinoceros in Europe. She travelled the world inspiring people and creating a sensation; letters, poems, songs, paintings, books and sculptures like our very own were produced. This exhibition will tour the globe so you can see, hear, smell and learn how Clara lived and what she did. You can also find out how to help save rhinos for the future.
26 September 2020 - 17 January 2021
Be one of the first to see these recently conserved
paintings based on the parable of the prodigal son, before
they head off on an international tour. The six paintings
on loan from The National Gallery of Ireland are by one
of the most celebrated artists of the Spanish Golden Age,
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682).
20 November 2020 – 28 February 2021
A show of new oils by Martin Kinnear, inspired by the Museum, its collections, places and objects which define the human condition. Exploring themes of possibility, choice and change this exhibition will help you appreciate what we can all achieve.
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19 March 2020
Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.
Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.
Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.
We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.
25 March 2020
It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.
Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.
The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"
The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.
There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.
In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."
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We’ll be back…