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This page shows the events that The Bowes Museum is currently planning and are available for booking.

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Early Watercolour Landscapes - Painting Workshop

24 April 2017

Join artist Linda Birch to learn the methods of early watercolour painting in the eighteenth century and use them to create a landscape painting.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Simon Ward: ‘Not Only in England: Non-conformist Documentary Photography both Sides of the Iron Curtain in the 1970s and 1980s', 2.30

25 April 2017, 14:30

Dr Simon Ward is a Senior Lecturer at Durham University where he teaches German literature and visual culture. He has most recently published Urban Memory and Visual Culture in Berlin (Amsterdam University Press, 2016).

Prices: Adult - Free

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Dominion Geordies, 2.30

29 April 2017, 14:30

Join Alan Fidler and Maria Caffrey as they tell us about their project to record men from the North East serving in the Dominion forces of Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and their willing participation in WW1. Find out how through their project they have been able to trace men with local connections to the North East, serving in the Dominion forces of Australia, Canada and New Zealand (known as the pathfinding exercise). The project has used the concept of ‘crowd sourcing’ volunteers to w

Prices: Adult - £3.00; Member - Free

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North East Early Music Forum Performing Day

30 April 2017, 11:30

Enjoy varied performances around the Museum from the North East Early Music Forum, a group of amateur musicians who specialise in early music from the medieval to the baroque periods. A full programme will be confirmed nearer the date, but further info about the group can be found at www.neemf.org.uk.

Prices: Adult - Free

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Jonathan Long: ‘Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, and the Face of the Nation’, 2.30

06 May 2017, 14:30

Jonathan Long is Professor of German and Visual Culture at Durham University, and has published widely on portrait photography as well as twentieth-century photography generally. He regularly reviews exhibitions and photographic publications for Source Photographic Review.

Prices: Adult - Free

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Unusual Historical Picture Making - Painting Workshop

22 May 2017

Join artist Linda Birch to create a painting using an early form of `Automatism` developed from Leonardo de Vinci and promoted by the artist Alexander Cozens (1717 – 1786). This imaginative method of picture making uses black and white, and the result can form the basis for a colour picture.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Home Comforts: The Role of the Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals, 2.30

27 May 2017

Through this interactive and hands-on talk and exhibition presented by Anne Wall and Eileen Brereton, former nurses themselves and co-authors of Home Comforts: The Role of Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals in North Riding of Yorkshire 1914-1919, the valuable work and support of the Red Cross Auxiliary hospitals, their nurses and the work of volunteers in the community will be brought to life, as they demonstrate how they aided the recovery of the wounded and sick soldiers sent to the North of Englan

Prices: Adult - £3.00; Member - Free

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Fun with Clay, 10.00

01 June 2017, 10:00 - 12:00

Explore and sketch in the ceramics galleries before creating your very own clay creation in this fun workshop.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Fun With Clay, 1.30

01 June 2017, 13:30 - 15:30

Explore and sketch in the ceramics galleries before creating your very own clay creation in this fun workshop.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Fun with Clay, 10.00

02 June 2017, 10:00 - 12:00

Explore and sketch in the ceramics galleries before creating your very own clay creation in this fun workshop.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Fun With Clay, 1.30

02 June 2017, 13:30 - 15:30

Explore and sketch in the ceramics galleries before creating your very own clay creation in this fun workshop.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Colour Themed Paintings - Painting Workshops

12 June 2017

Join artist Linda Birch to explore painting with new and limited colour combinations. Many of the best paintings are those with a limited number of colours (for example Thomas Girtin only used five).

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Painting workshop - Line & Wash Illustration

21 July 2017

Join artist Linda Birch to develop a character, human or animal, which is suitable for a child’s picture book.

Please bring with you any reproductions of Corot’s paintings of trees, some photographs of landscape with trees, and your oil painting equipment.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Silk Painting Animals, 10.00

26 July 2017, 10:00 - 12:00

Sketch your favourite animal in the Museum galleries and transform it into a spectacular silk painting to take home.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Silk Painting Animals, 1.30

26 July 2017, 13:30 - 15:30

Sketch your favourite animal in the Museum galleries and transform it into a spectacular silk painting to take home.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Silk Painting – Turkish Tulips, 10.00

03 August 2017, 10:00 - 12:00

Explore and sketch in the Turkish Tulips exhibition before learning how to create a silk painting to take home.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Silk Painting – Turkish Tulips, 1.30

03 August 2017, 13:30 - 15:30

Explore and sketch in the Turkish Tulips exhibition before learning how to create a silk painting to take home.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Felting – Turkish Tulips, 10.00

04 August 2017, 10:00 - 12:00

Join us for this wet felting workshop and create a colourful 2D tulip to take home. During the workshop you will also have the opportunity to explore and sketch in the Turkish Tulips exhibition.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Felting – Turkish Tulips, 1.30

04 August 2017, 13:30 - 15:30

Join us for this wet felting workshop and create a colourful 2D tulip to take home. During the workshop you will also have the opportunity to explore and sketch in the Turkish Tulips exhibition.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Painting workshop - Plein Air Painting

04 August 2017

Enjoy a day in The Bowes Museum grounds with artist Linda Birch to paint in the style of the Impressionists.

Please bring with you: Oils or acrylics, two canvases, an easel and stool.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Summer School – Arts Award

07 August 2017, 10:30 - 11 August 2017, 12:30

If you enjoy art this is the perfect Summer School for you! Throughout the week you will explore different parts of the Museum’s amazing collections via a variety of craft activities. As well as being a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills and get your creative juices flowing, you will also get a Discover Arts Award!

Prices: Child - £30.00; Adult - Free

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic, 10.00

16 August 2017, 10:00 - 11:30

Bring along your favourite bear and take part in our teddy bears’ picnic! Children and parents will also have the opportunity to explore the Museum, make a ‘crafty’ creation, and enjoy a play and song time.

Prices: Child - £2.50; Adult - Free

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic, 1.00

16 August 2017, 13:00 - 14:30

Bring along your favourite bear and take part in our teddy bears’ picnic! Children and parents will also have the opportunity to explore the Museum, make a ‘crafty’ creation, and enjoy a play and song time.

Prices: Child - £2.50; Adult - Free

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Tick Tock! 10.30

17 August 2017, 10:30 - 12:00

Back by popular demand. Explore the Museum and see how many clocks you can see before decorating your very own working clock to take home!

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Tick Tock! 1.30

17 August 2017, 13:30 - 15:00

Back by popular demand. Explore the Museum and see how many clocks you can see before decorating your very own working clock to take home!

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Stone Age to Iron Age, 10.00

29 August 2017, 10:00 - 12:00

See a variety of Stone, Bronze and Iron Age artefacts in the galleries before making a clay pot in the style of a Bronze Age beaker.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Stone Age to Iron Age, 1.30

29 August 2017, 13:30 - 15:30

See a variety of Stone, Bronze and Iron Age artefacts in the galleries before making a clay pot in the style of a Bronze Age beaker.

Prices: Child - £4.50; Adult - Free

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Painting workshop - Tulip Fever

15 September 2017

Join artist Linda Birch to make a vibrant tissue collage painting using tulips, in celebration of the Turkish Tulips exhibition.

Please bring with you: Oils or acrylics, two canvases, an easel and stool.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Painting workshop - Still Life in Pastel

23 October 2017

Join artist Linda Birch to create a still life painting, using the many examples in The Bowes Museum’s collection as inspiration.

Please bring with you: Pastels, two different coloured surfaces to work on and an easel. Still life will be provided.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Halloween Crafts, 10.30

25 October 2017, 10:30 - 12:00

Be brave and take part in fun Halloween themed craft activities.

Prices: Child - £4.00; Adult - Free

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Halloween Crafts, 1.30

25 October 2017, 13:30 - 15:00

Be brave and take part in fun Halloween themed craft activities.

Prices: Child - £4.00; Adult - Free

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Halloween Crafts, 10.30

26 October 2017, 10:30 - 12:00

Be brave and take part in fun Halloween themed craft activities.

Prices: Child - £4.00; Adult - Free

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Halloween Crafts, 1.30

26 October 2017, 13:30 - 15:30

Be brave and take part in fun Halloween themed craft activities.

Prices: Child - £4.00; Adult - Free

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Painting workshop - Gentle Abstract in Coloured Pencil

20 November 2017

Join artist Linda Birch to make an abstract work by adapting a painting from The Bowes collection, experimenting with colour and shape.

Please bring with you: Coloured pencils, an A3 heavyweight cartridge pad (or coloured pencil paper, eg. Stonehenge), a sketchbook, 2B pencil and an Ipad/other tablet if you have one.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Painting workshop - Doll’s House Diptych

08 December 2017

Join artist Linda Birch to make a miniature painting with doors on the theme of a dolls house, richly coloured in watercolours or acrylic.

Please bring with you: Coloured pencils, an A3 heavyweight cartridge pad (or coloured pencil paper, eg. Stonehenge), a sketchbook, 2B pencil and an Ipad/other tablet if you have one.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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