Tim Walker Dreamscapes : The Bowes Museum

Last week I was lucky enough to receive an invite to the exclusive preview for Tim Walker’s new exhibition, Dreamscapes at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. When the invite arrived, I don’t think I’ve ever rsvp’d to something as quickly in all my life. Tim Walker’s last exhibition, Storyteller was held at Somerset House and I unfortunately never made it down to London because of my Dad having his strokes.

So I decided it would be a lovely treat for an evening out with my Mom. She’s not really an arty person and was a bit anxious about attending but I just wanted to get her out the house. On arrival we grabbed a glass of wine and tucked into some delicious canapes while we waited for the opening speeches.

After a great speech by the curator Greville Worthington and a few more nibbles, we were finally allowed to head downstairs to the Dreamscapes gallery. Instead of sharing images I took on the evening, I decided to share three of my favourite shots from the exhibition itself on here. However these three photos do not do the exhibition any justice, it is an absolute must-see.

My Mom who really had no idea what to expect absolutely loved it! We even walked back around a second time so she could soak it all up.

For the first time ever Tim Walker’s photography is displayed in light boxes – which gives each image a whole new quality and sense of life! Upon wandering around we spotted something in Tim’s self-portrait in the bed photo. Something what looked like a camera was hiding behind his water bottle, at which point the man himself appeared just near us and I had to ask… was it deliberate or a happy accident? He was one of the nicest men I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and he hadn’t even realised that his photographic equipment had been left in the shot! A few of you may have seen on my instagram, he signed my postcards for me too!

The images featured were all inspired and some taken in the North East – for anyone who lives in the region, this is an absolute must-see. The exhibition is open now until September 1st at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. Check out their website for up to date opening hours & if you go, do let me know what you think in the comments below!


  1. May 28, 2013 / 9:22 am

    Wow this looks amazing!


  2. June 2, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    These photos look great!
    Loving your blog, I just subscribed 🙂



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