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Discover Award

Image from local school Arts Award session

DISCOVER is designed for anyone aged 5 - 9 years, but is open to anyone under 25. Designed as an introduction to the arts for children, it allows them to take part in arts activities, finding out about artists and sharing their discoveries.

We have already worked with young people on earning their DISCOVER Arts Award during our temporary exhibitions such as Scaling the Heights, at the Oriental Museum, with DAX (Durham Archaeology Explorers). As well as training our DAX young leaders to be BRONZE Arts Award holders! We have also worked in partnership to facilitate Helix Arts and YMCA Teesdale’s young people in discovering artists from Durham University’s Art Collection.

Currently, we are working virtually with Holley Park Academy and Ludworth Primary School as they work from home on their DISCOVER level Arts Award inspired by the Oriental Museum's new permanent exhibition, The Silk Roads, funded by Arts Council England.

Discover at Home

Durham University’s collections, from Durham Castle’s grand building, to the Oriental Museum’s treasures, to the colourful Art Collection, the papers of the Archives and the secrets from the Museum of Archaeology.

You will Discover objects, paintings and artefacts from our collections, create art work like artist and Durham University teacher Dr Finola Finn and share your work in our online Community Gallery.

This FREE resource is available to download at home, once you have completed the activities send us a photo of your worksheet and what you have made! The first 100 completed will be moderated for FREE by Durham University and Culture Bridge, so your child will receive their very own qualification and accompanying certificate for Arts Award Discover.

Download and return your Discover at Home to

Silk Roads Discover Award

Enter a truly global journey inspired by the new Silk Roads gallery development at the Oriental Museum. Use our collections centred around the spread of cultures, goods, ideas and culture along the silk roads throughout history and today.

Be Inspired

Explore the Durham University collections to find inspiration in completing an Arts Award.

Discover Durham Collections

Art Collection

Online Gallery

See what other amazing work has been created in our Arts Award Gallery.

Arts Award online gallery