A MUSEUM hosts a series of events today highlighting issues surrounding domestic violence.

The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle's current exhibition The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia exhibition is open until Monday, January 20.

Museum hosting major Guido Reni exhibition

The Italian Baroque master was renowned for his lyrical depiction of prominent female characters and the exhibition centres on museum’s own The Death of Lucretia.

Lucretia was a legendary heroine of ancient Rome, who folklore killed herself after being raped.

Issues raised by the exhibition will be explored through activities including a reading session, writing workshop, screening of the film Make Do and Mend, crafts and an afternoon of debate.

Head of collections, Jane Whittaker, said: “It’s important that the issues raised by Guido Reni’s depictions are highlighted and discussed as they are still as relevant today as they were 400 years ago.”

Students inspired by Reni exhibit alongside his art at Bowes Museum

Lisa C Davis, managing director of arts education and training company Changing Relations C.I.C, said: "We are delighted that The Bowes Museum has embraced such salient social issues as domestic and sexual violence in their 2019 programming, including showcasing our film Make Do and Mend which audiences have described as "powerful" "relatable" "life-changing" and "inspiring." The panel talk following the film screening will be fascinating for art lovers and social activists everywhere as we bring together artists and experts to explore perennial questions about the purpose of art."

For more information visit thebowesmuseum.org.uk or call 01833-690606.