Detail of fruit and flowers from a ceramic from the Museum collection
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New Light
17 October - 7 February 2016
Hotly tipped as one of the most exciting shows of contemporary work in the North, with the prestigious Valeria Sykes Prize heading up a range of other awards for best work by Northern artists in this selling exhibition...more

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. This exhibition will feature newly developed textile landscapes.

Robert Mapplethorpe
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

Anthony Clark
27 February - 1 May 2016

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. Based on the identification of the wonderful portrait 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 painted by Lely, Kneller, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Romney, Millais and Sargent.

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.