Organised by the Northumberland Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain and English Rose - Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent, Bowes Museum

  • The Bowes Museum |
  • Talk and Tour |
  • Wednesday, 6 July 2016 - 10:30 until 14:00

Another major fashion coup for summer, the Bowes Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition before touring internationally to the USA and China. Organised by the V&A, it will display more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, many from the V&A’s unrivalled collection, exploring the agony and the ecstasy of footwear throughout 2,000 years of history.

The second exhibition celebrates nearly 500 years of English female beauty, from the court beauties of the 17th century to the society ladies of Edwardian England. The catalyst for English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent - a salute to 400 years of society beauties - is a portrait recently acquired by the museum via Arts Council England, in lieu of inheritance tax from the estate of the Duke of Northumberland. 

Lunch is available at Café Bowes, or bring a picnic.

This event has been organised by the Northumberland Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

The Bowes Museum Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8NP