Detail of fruit and flowers from a ceramic from the Museum collection
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Quiltscapes and Quiltline by Pauline Burbidge
28 November - 10 April 2016
This renowned contemporary quiltmaker has produced many commissioned pieces for international museums and collectors...more

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Magic in the Muse
28 November - 24 April 2016
Forming part of the Artist Rooms project, a major national initiative led by the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, this exhibition explores renowned American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s work...more

‘Burning Belief’ By Anthony Clark A.R.C.A

27 February – 1 May 2016
Featuring over 50 paintings, drawings and etchings by the renowned artist Anthony Clark...more

English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent
14 May - 25 September 2016
This exhibition celebrates nearly five hundred years of English female beauty, from  the court beauties of the 17th century to the society ladies of Edwardian England. Featuring two wonderful portraits by Anthony Van Dyck of Olivia Boteler Porter, depicting her as beauty of the court of Charles I alongside a range of English beauties depicted through the years ...more

From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha
21 May - 18 September 2016
This vibrant, colourful exhibition is coming to The Bowes Museum from the British Museum. The exhibition centres on a large stone sculpture of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, depicted standing on a lotus petal. The arch supporting the figure is decorated with the mask of a lion, flanked by aquatic monsters.

Key objects include a delicate woodcut depicting Ganesha, Buddhi and Siddhi on a swing worshipping women. Another painting shows Ganesha riding his mount, the rat ‘Vahana’, framed with red and gold paper. Alongside these exhibits will be rare photographs and porcelain figures revealing different aspects of the iconography around this elephant-headed god.