An innovative exhibition of photographs by Tim Walker, revealing how this leading fashion photographer is a significant artist with roots in traditions of English landscape painting.

Curated by Greville Worthington, this exhibition explores Walker’s work beyond the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair, showing influences from British Surrealism, and a unique Neo-Romantic take on a particularly English aesthetic. The improbability of Walker’s sets in these 26 photographs fringes on Surrealism; beds float in trees, a flying saucer glides alongside a fox hunt, and giant dolls crash through landscapes filled with foreboding, where nature frightens rather than soothes. The ambition and scale of his images is especially impressive as they are not digitally manipulated; every fantastical scene is created with props.

For the first time, Walker’s images are displayed in light boxes, which give a new quality of drenched colour to the images.

 

Landscape Photography for beginners
4 June, 10.00 – 2.00, £25.00pp incl Lunch

In many works featured in this exhibition, Tim Walker uses the natural landscape in original and captivating ways. On this one day course you will learn the basics of composition, working with natural light and exploring manual setting. Sponsored by the Heart of Teesdale project. Booking
required.

Gallery Talks
11 & 25 June, 9 & 23 July, 2.30, Free with admission

Join curator Greville Worthington for an introductory tour of the exhibition.

The Bowes Museum Lates
27 June, 26 July, 29 August, 6.00 -  10.00, £5.00pp

Access to the fashion & contemporary exhibition programme; entertainment from music to scandal; cocktails; and alfresco dining (if weather permits)

The Lost Explorer
7 July, 2.30, £15.00pp

Explore the exhibition with Tim Walker studio manager Rachel Brown, followed by a showing of Tim Walker’s short film The Lost Explorer in the opulent Jubilee Room. Includes popcorn. Booking required.

Pinhole Camera Workshop
3 August, 10.00 – 4.00, £50.00pp

Led by Artist Sebastian Trend make a pinhole camera to create new photographic worlds, and explore the Museum and grounds on a photoshoot creating a series of photographs using your newly made device. Includes a tour of the exhibition. Booking required.