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Durham University

Art Collection

Student Art Prize

Student Art Prize DIVERSITY

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 was 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 this year was generously supported by alumni Richard Roberts, and offers £1500 for first place, £1000 for second and £500 for third, he hoped, providing a huge incentive to apply.

In light of the current lockdown, the once-planned physical exhibition of these artworks now takes a digital format. You can view the online exhibtion from June 1st here.

Prize-winners announcement!
Our prize-winners were announced at an online event on 14th July. In addition to first, second and third places, the judging panel choose to award two highly commended prizes and a Popular Vote on the evening. Congratulations to all of our artists.

1st place prize: Hands of acceptance by Alice Stubbings
2nd place prize: Ascension by James Bailey
3rd place prize: Wisdom of Age by Anna Horwich

Highly commended: Kaleidoscope by Zihan Zhou and Papa Gus by Lizzie English
Popular vote: Papa Gus by Lizzie English

The second Student Art Prize 2020/21 will be launched in October this year.