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Durham University

Art Collection

Art Collection

Guerrilla Girls, Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? 2012, Copyright © Guerrilla Girls, Courtesy

Durham has one of the most significant university collections of 20th and 21st Century art in the UK.

The Western Art Collection is displayed throughout Durham University and features prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture.Collection themes include Pop Art, British Modernism, the St Ives Group, and the Pitmen Painters. Print-based artworks are one of the collection’s core strengths, offering insights into the key printing techniques used by artists, including woodcuts, lithographs, screenprints and digital prints.

The Gallery

Please note: The Gallery is currently closed for exhibition changeover and refurbishment

The Gallery is a new free public platform for Durham University’s permanent collection of modern art, presenting a changing programme of exhibitions and art projects across the year. Presenting an insight into the University’s collection of modern art, exhibitions present work by some of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and explore artist printing techniques from early woodcuts to more contemporary screen and digital methods. Use our mini-library or our TALK, PLAY, & LOOK activity bags to learn more about the artworks on display. You are also welcome to attach details of your own local art events to the community art notice board.

Please note that this gallery is occasionally closed so that it can be used for university teaching. Please feel free to telephone before your visit if you want to ensure that the exhibition will be open.

To find out more about The Gallery’s current exhibition and related events.

Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Contact Details

c/o The Oriental Museum
Elvet Hill
Durham DH1 3TH