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The Bowes Museum EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS for March and April

MARCH:

Pre-Raphaelite Knights Gallery Talk
3 March, 2.15
Join exhibition curator Dr Howard Coutts for a fascinating insightful introduction to the Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World exhibition.

Meet the Textiles Interns
9 March, 2.15, Fashion and Textiles gallery
Have you ever wondered how the clothing in the Museum’s Fashion and Textiles gallery is put on display? Come and find out as Charlotte and Kezia, our textile conservation interns, mount a costume they’ve been working on and explain what needs to be considered when handling old delicate items. They’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have on the day.

Pre-Raphaelite Knights Gallery Talk
12 March, 2.15
Come and find out more about the medieval world portrayed by the Pre-Raphaelites from exhibition contributor and PhD candidate Dan Oliver from The University of Glasgow.

Norman Cornish Drawing Workshops
13 March, 10:30 – 12:30
Learn how to draw in the style of Norman Cornish in this exciting workshop being run by the artist Susie Davies. All levels of experience welcome and all material will be supplied.

blimey! Lucretia Artist talk and film screening
14 March, 6 – 8pm
Crown Street Art Gallery, Darlington
Join the artists behind the blimey! Lucretia exhibition as they show a film about the responses to The Bowes Museum’s Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia painting and discuss the works and conversations their project has sparked.

Norman Cornish Drawing Workshops
20 March, 10:30 – 12:30
Learn how to draw in the style of Norman Cornish in this exciting workshop being run by the artist Susie Davies. All levels of experience welcome and all material will be supplied.

Trouvere Medieval Minstrels
21 March, 11.00 - 1.45
Come and enjoy the Pre-Raphaelite Knights exhibition with music from the era the paintings portray. The duo Trouvere will treat visitors to informal music from the middle ages. Musicians Paul Leigh and Gill Page have been performing medieval music together for over fifteen years and using their lutes, gitterns, harps and flutes they will take you back to the days of chivalry, troubadours and Robin Hood. Find out more at www.medievalminstrels.com
Shakespeare in Song
21 March, 2.15
Many composers have taken inspiration from Shakespeare’s songs, creating wonderful and varied pieces. Join us in the picture galleries for an informal concert, with the mezzo-soprano Jane Ford-Farrand and baritone Geoff Knott, accompanied by Antonina Lax. The programme will include songs by Gerald Finzi, Roger Quilter and Madeleine Dring.

Museum Book Group
24 March, 2.30
Everyone is welcome at this informal book group. Just bring a book, talk about it and have a lively discussion. Books can be on any subject, fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or modern, poetry or prose. Please just drop in or email Judith.phillips@thebowesmuseum.org.uk for more information.

Norman Cornish Drawing Workshops
27 March, 10:30 – 12:30
Learn how to draw in the style of Norman Cornish in this exciting workshop being run by the artist Susie Davies. All levels of experience welcome and all material will be supplied.

Norman Cornish’s Sketchbooks
28 March, 2.15 – 3.15
Booking advised
Upon his death in 2014, Cornish left almost 300 unseen sketchbooks. He suggested ‘they should be available for the public to view, to teach people to look at things’. By prolifically sketching bar scenes, street scenes and men at work in the pit, Cornish recorded a fascinating slice of County Durham life. We’re delighted to welcome Mike Thornton - son-in-law of Norman Cornish - to deliver this talk.

Steak Night at Café Bowes
28 March, 5.30 – 9, £45 for two people
Booking only
Come and enjoy a freshly prepared, locally sourced, 28 day matured 8oz Sirloin Steak, Rib Eye Steak or Pan Fried Chicken, served with double fried hand cut chips, fresh salad and a bottle of house wine in the relaxing surroundings of Café Bowes.

The Galliard Consort
29 March, 12.30- 15.00
Pre-Raphaelite Knights Exhibition Gallery
Enjoy some recorder music as you wander around the Pre-Raphaelite Knights exhibition thanks to The Galliard Consort, a Northumberland based quintet. They plays a range of recorders, from the small sopranino to the six-foot contrabass and occasionally invite singers and other instrumentalists to join them as guest performers. They’re happy to answer any questions about the instruments or the music after the performance. You can find out more by visiting their Facebook page ‘the galliard consort’.
Tales of the Pre Raphaelite Knights
31 March, 2.15
Pre-Raphaelite Knights Exhibition Gallery
Join press officer Alison White for a 10 minute talk and find out some of the interesting stories she uncovered during her research for this exhibition.

APRIL:

Norman Cornish Drawing Workshops
3 April, 10:30 – 12:30
Learn how to draw in the style of Norman Cornish in this exciting workshop being run by the artist Susie Davies. All levels of experience welcome and all material will be supplied.

Crin Creations
4 April, 10.00 – 4.45 (with a lunch break)
£75 or £72 for Friends
Booking required
Join Claire Spooner from Quaintrelle Millinery to make a beautiful crin headpiece ready for Spring and Summer events. Crin is an elegant man-made material available in beautiful colours, perfect for light occasion headwear. Using a small disc on a headband as a base, you will work with crin to shape and trim your headpiece to your design using simple hand sewing. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and is a great introduction to working with crin.

Springtime Wonder
6 April, 10 – 3.30
Join in as we explore springtime, with activities inspired by nature and the changing seasons. This is an opportunity to get creative with a range of crafts suitable for all ages.

Springtime Wonder
7 April, 10 – 3.30
Join us for a day of activities inspired by nature and the changing seasons. You can get creative with a range of crafts suitable for all ages.

LEGO® Wedo 2 Robotics and Coding Workshop
7 April, 10 – 4
Go wild and create an animal, a robotic mouse or a swan with our LEGO® team. Take part in a 45 minute session exploring coding and make your LEGO® model come alive. Starting promptly on the hour. To avoid disappointment, arrive early as spaces are limited to first come, first served.

Watercolour Wonder
8 April, 10 – 3.30
Be inspired by the Museum’s collection of watercolours and experiment with new techniques, including bubble painting to create your own painting to take home.

blimey! Lucretia Gallery Talk
8 April, 2.15
Join the artists from the blimey! collective behind the blimey! Lucretia exhibition and find out what inspired them to create it.

Watercolour Wonder
9 April, 10 – 3.30
Take inspiration from the watercolours in the Museum’s collection and experiment with new techniques, including bubble painting to create your own painting to take home.

LEGO® Wedo 2 Robotics and Coding Workshop
9 April, 10 – 4
Go wild and create an animal, a robotic mouse or a swan with our LEGO® team. Take part in a 45 minute session exploring coding and make your LEGO® model come alive. Starting promptly on the hour. To avoid disappointment, arrive early as spaces are limited to first come, first served.

Lunch Break: Pre-Raphaelite Knights
9 April, 12.00-1.00, Pre-Raphaelite Knights gallery
Ever wondered how an exhibition is put together? Join co-curator Daniel Oliver and exhibitions manager George Harris for an informal chat about the Pre-Raphaelite Knights exhibition. Discover how it’s put together, ask your questions about the medieval world and find out what it’s really like to study History and History of Art at postgraduate level.

Paper Chick Crafts
10 April, 11 – 3.00
Feeling chirpy? Then have a go at making your own feathery chick for your Easter bonnet and follow the Easter trail around the Museum.

Easter Eggstravaganza Family Fun Day
11 April, 10.30 – 4
Come and have some cracking Easter fun and join in our egg trail, find the Easter Bunny who will give you a treat. Watch Magic Andrew’s magic act! There’s lots going on for the whole family to enjoy!

Paper Chick Crafts
12 April, 11 – 3.00
Feeling chirpy? Then have a go at making your own feathery chick for your Easter bonnet and follow the Easter trail around the Museum.

Paper Chick Crafts
13 April, 11 – 3.00
Feeling chirpy? Then have a go at making your own feathery chick for your Easter bonnet and follow the Easter trail around the Museum.

LEGO® Wedo 2 Robotics and Coding Workshop
14 April, 10 – 4
Go wild and create an animal, a robotic mouse or a swan with our LEGO® team. Take part in a 45 minute session exploring coding and make your LEGO® model come alive. Starting promptly on the hour. To avoid disappointment, arrive early as spaces are limited to first come, first served.

Slimey Soup
14 April, 1 – 3.30
Come and have a go at making some serious slime and have enjoy some squelchy time in this messy afternoon of fun.

Springtime Wonder
15 April, 10 – 3.30
Join us for a day of activities inspired by nature and the changing seasons. You can get creative with a range of crafts suitable for all ages.

blimey! Lucretia Gallery Talk
15 April, 2.15
Join the artists from the blimey! collective behind the blimey! Lucretia exhibition and find out what inspired them to create it.

Create a Magazine Portrait Masterpiece
16 April, 10 – 3.30
Create your own Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece in the galleries. Using an easel, you will take on the role of a real artist and experiment with a range of collage materials. Suitable for all ages, protective aprons are supplied.

LEGO® Wedo 2 Robotics and Coding Workshop
16 April, 10 – 4
Go wild and create an animal, a robotic mouse or a swan with our LEGO® team. Take part in a 45 minute session exploring coding and make your LEGO® model come alive. Starting promptly on the hour. To avoid disappointment, arrive early as spaces are limited to first come, first served.

Create a Magazine Portrait Masterpiece
17 April, 10 – 3.30
Come and create your own Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece in the galleries. Using an easel, you will take on the role of a real artist and experiment with a range of collage materials. Suitable for all ages, protective aprons are supplied.

Knights and Dragons
18 April, 10.30 – 3.30
Celebrate St George’s Day and make a fire breathing dragon, a knight and then take part in our special trail around the Museum.

Norman Cornish’s Sketchbooks
21 April, 2.15 – 3.15
Booking advised
Upon his death in 2014, Cornish left almost 300 unseen sketchbooks. He suggested ‘they should be available for the public to view, to teach people to look at things’. By prolifically sketching bar scenes, street scenes and men at work in the pit, Cornish recorded a fascinating slice of County Durham life. We’re delighted to welcome Mike Thornton - son-in-law of Norman Cornish - to deliver this talk.

Pre-Raphaelite Knights Gallery Talk
22 April, 2.15
Join exhibition curator Dr Howard Coutts for a fascinating insightful introduction to the Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World exhibition

blimey! Lucretia event
25 April, 10 – 3.30
Enjoy an interactive day led by the women artists behind the blimey! Lucretia exhibition and join in the discussion to find out more about people’s reactions to both The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia exhibition and painting.

Museum Book Group
28 April, 2.30
Everyone is welcome at this informal book group. Just bring a book, talk about it and have a lively discussion. Books can be on any subject, fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or modern, poetry or prose. Please just drop in or email Judith.phillips@thebowesmuseum.org.uk for more information.

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