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Durham University

Art Collection

Student Art Prize

Although Durham does not formally teach fine art, almost every university college has its own active art society or art group, where students take part in workshops, meet artists and develop their artistic skills through collaborative creativity.

The Student Art Prize launched in October 2019 to expand opportunities around creativity and to develop a new permanent student art collection, housed within the university’s wider art collection, but available as a resource for the whole community.

The prize fund each year is generously supported by alumnus Richard Roberts and offers £1500 for first place, £1000 for second and £500 for third, he hopes, providing a huge incentive to apply.

As part of the Student Art Prize 2020/21 announcement, Richard Roberts was awarded the Dunelmensis Award. The Dunelmensis Award is given by the University’s Senate to a Durham alumnus or alumna for meritorious and exceptional service in support of the University, particularly for our institutional advancement and for enhancing the University’s reputation, nationally and internationally.

Use the links on the left to explore the online Student Art Prize exhibition for 2020/21 and previous year's prizes.


Richard Roberts with his Dunelmensis Award

Prize Winners 2020/21 Announcement!

The Student Art Prize prize-winners were announced at a special event on 23rd June 2021. Missed the event? Don't worry, a film of the event is coming very soon, watch this space! Find out more about our prize-winners here.

First Place
Emma Newnham, Charlotte Perkins Gilman with Gold Wallpaper

Second Place
Matthew Fackrell, Agapē or Love Unconditional

Joint Third Place
Aelfred Hillman, Self-Portrait as Judith and Holofernes
Ellen Fasham , Milkman Steve

Highly Commended
Shoun Obana, John Hume, Derry, 21st April 1969, 2021

People's Vote!

The People's Vote was voted for online. We asked you to vote for your favourite shortlisted art work! The vote closed on 23 June 2021, 12pm

People’s Vote Winner
Shoun Obana, John Hume, Derry, 21st April 1969, 2021

First place prize-winner, Emma Newnham, Charlotte Perkins Gilman with Gold Wallpaper, 2021