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Durham University

Art Collection


Call for creative practitioners! Summer in the City ONLINE festival 2020

Following on from the success of Summer in the City 2019, Durham’s art, music and theatre festival taking place throughout June, original plans have been repurposed to bring you SitC online 2020. This new online platform will present a varied programme of arts events throughout June for everyone to enjoy from home, including exhibitions, performances, and DIY activities, encouraging communities to get creative in response to the current climate. Summer in the City ONLINE is a collaboration between Durham University and Durham County Council.

We currently have two opportunities for artists and practitioners to get involved in the festival, through creating workshops and DIY short films, deadline 3rd June.

Email for for further information or download the documents under 'resources'.


ICAN (Inter College Arts Network)

A student arts and creative network open to all! The network meets informally once a term to discuss new opportunites and share information about current arts events.

The goals of the network are:

1.To provide a forum for student arts members to communicate, share knowledge and experience, creating a space to share ideas and solve problems, encouraging best practice in student arts groups.

2.To enable student arts members to come together on collaborative projects which would not be feasible without ICAN support.

3.To connect student arts groups with University Library & Collections staff support and advice.

4.To widen student experience and participation in the arts through ICAN generated activity.

5.To connect student arts groups with professional arts organisations in the region, widening knowledge and experience, encouraging community collaboration and engagement.

If you would like to find out more or to join the network, please contact

Durham University 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 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.

The top three prize-winners will be selected in mid-June and announced shortly after. A selection of Student Art Prize artworks will be available for sale in Thought Foundation’s Affordable Art Exhibition from the 16th June, also part of Summer in the City’s ONLINE festival 2020.

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