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Durham University

Art Collection

Student Art Prize Outdoor Exhibition

The shortlisted Art Prize 2019/20 exhibition on display outside the Bill Bryson Library now!

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.

We weren't able to display the shortlisted artworks as originally planned in June 2020 so re-curated the exhibition into a digital format instead. The exhibition was a favourite of our annual arts festival
Still craving for some physicaility, late in 2020, we put our heads together again and created an outdoor exhibition of the shortlisted artworks, displayed on the awning outside the Bill Bryson Library, Durham.
Do check out the selected works from last year and find out more about this year's prize while there!

Do you want the opportunity to have your artwork displayed around the Universty? Apply for the 2021 Student Art Prize here