Museum exhibition to showcase Tees designers of the future

Students from The Northern School of Art (BA) textiles and surface design degree programme have collaborated with The Bowes Museum to create an outstanding collection.

The new surface designs for fashion fabrics, gifts and products for public viewing until June 12 at The Bowes Museum near Barnard Castle.

This exciting new interpretation of The Bowes Museum’s collections are the basis for this unique exhibition curated by Lianne Hubbert and Lyndon Lowe, lecturers at The Northern School of Art.

Programme leader Jayne Hemmins (pictured) said: “We are delighted to be working with The Bowes Museum and presenting this wonderful collection of new designs and products within this prestigious setting.

“It is an amazing opportunity to show contemporary designs from our talented up and coming designers against the backdrop of the Museum’s stunning collections.”

As part of their studies, the students visited the Museum to draw inspiration from the varied and rare objects found within its collections.

From initial sketches and notes, the students developed their ideas through a range of design and making techniques from both traditional printing and embroidery skills to cutting-edge digital applications.

Malcolm Clements, contextual studies, scholarly activity and research coordinator at The Northern School of Art, said: “As well as creativity, the students also study the history of design and have focused much of their work on eighteenth and nineteenth century decorative arts.

“We have visited The Bowes Museum a number of times to utilise the Museum’s costume, textiles and ceramics collection, so it is great to see how the essence of these historical styles has informed their creative work.”

The Northern School of Art textiles and surface design programme allows students to learn a wide range of practical and technical skills including screen-printing, dyeing, hand and machine embroidery, digital print, laser-cutting, fabric manipulation and making skills housed in an extensive suite of studios and technical workshops which include the dye lab and sewing, textile, print and embroidery rooms.

The Bowes Museum is open daily (closed only 25 & 26 December & 1 January; admission costs apply) – visit

The Northern School of Art is the only specialist provider of creative degrees in the North East; it is rated TEF Gold which means its students receive outstanding teaching which is of the highest quality found in the UK.