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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 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.

Due to Covid-19, the 2019/20 Art Prize exhibition was moved to a digital format. You can view the online exhibition here.

The Student Art Prize 2020/21 officially launched on November 9th 2020. Find out how to apply here or by clicking on the link below.


The Art Prize Art School is now live!

To accompany the Durham Student Art Prize 2020/21, we are running an ‘Art Prize Art School’ between December 2020 and February 2021, offering a FREE programme of online short talks, workshops and resources to further investigate the prize’s theme of ‘heroism’.

Open to all, you don’t need to be a student to get involved!