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Durham University

Art Collection

School Visits


Following advice from Public Health England, Durham University is implementing a new set of actions to keep our communities healthy by reducing potential exposure to coronavirus. All of the University's visitor attractions are now closed until further notice.

Thank you for your co-operation with these measures. We are sure you share our concern for the health and well-being of our community. In this rapidly changing situation, you can check the University’s Covid-19 webpage, where we are constantly updating Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We look forward to welcoming you back when it is possible.

School parties, home educators and clubs are very welcome to engage with the Art Collections. We offer a wide range of workshops for children from KS2 to KS5 and beyond. Each workshop makes extensive use of our fantastic collections and is designed to encourage children and young people to engage directly with our art works. Some of our popular sessions are listed below but we are more than happy to work with teachers to provide flexible, bespoke session - just get in touch!

Great Artists: What makes a great artist? Find out about artists such as Andy Warhol, Barbra Hepworth and the Guerrilla Girls. KS2

Behind the Scenes: Visits to the Art Store, to view first-hand how a collection is stored, catalogued, conserved and which creative careers can develop in the creative industries. KS4/5

Temporary exhibition: Dedicated workshops focusing on our constantly updating exhibitions. Past themes have included, feminism, drawing and surrealism. Get in contact to find out what exciting exhibitions we have coming up. KS2 and above

Bespoke projects: Past bespoke projects include: STEAM- Pasmore and Calder, The Art of Printing, Arts Award- Puss in Boots. Get in touch to discuss your topic. KS2 and above

We are also Arts Award moderators and supporters!

All of our sessions are led by a member of the Learning Team. Free pre-visits for teachers are available and members of the Learning Team are happy to discuss any aspect of a prospective visit.

Costs for school visits are £4 per child, teachers /helpers are free and free for Sixth Form groups. Free Hazard Identification sheets are available to assist you in writing your Risk Assessments.

For more information about our Learning Programme please see the 4schools website. You can still book for the future while we are closed, the best way to contact us by email on