Current Exhibitions


The Bowes Museum offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions to complement the display of its permanent collections. These range from major blockbusters often curated by staff, here at the Museum, to touring exhibitions and works on loan from other institutions.

Current Exhibitions in 2018


The BFG in Pictures

14 July 2018 - 30 September 2018

The BFG in Pictures, which tours from the House of Illustration is an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG. The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, will contain 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG.
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Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore

7 July - 6 January

A blockbuster of a show and once in a lifetime opportunity to see world leading fashion designs – from Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Dior, McQueen, YSL, Giles Deacon, Prada & Jean Paul Gaultier and many more – alongside images from the king of catwalk photography, Chris Moore. The Bowes Museum presents iconic fashion moments!
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Charlotte Rhead: Between Art & Industry

26 May - 9 September

A selection of items from a private collection of work by this talented ceramic designer, showing the variety of styles and techniques that she created for Crown Ducal between the years 1932 and 1942. The display includes popular decorative patterns, rare designs and examples of tableware.