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Durham University

Art Collection


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 University does not formally teach practical art subjects, there is a significant interest within these areas, evidential in the numerous college art societies, occupancy of local studio spaces and student led exhibitions and events.

Almost every college within Durham has its own active art society or art group, where students can take part in workshops, meet artists and develop their artistic skills through creativity.

In order to expand the university offer around student’s arts provision and in direct response to student artist feedback, a new Annual Student Art Prize is being launched in October 2019.

The prize open to all registered students across the university, with selected artworks forming the basis of an exhibition, and new student art collection situated within the wider university collections of art and artefacts.

Launch event

In 2019 and under the theme of DIVERSITY, we are inviting student artists to get creative and submit an artwork to the prize. Shortlisted artworks will be exhibited in the Student Art Prize exhibition, from which three prize winners will be selected to receive a cash prize and inclusion in the university art collection.

The prizes are as follows:

1st Place £1500

2nd Place £1000

3rd Place £500

The student Art Prize is now OPEN! See 'How to Apply' for further details!