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Art Collection

EXHIBITION Pushing Paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

A British Museum touring exhibition Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

29th February to 1st July 2020
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Unfortunately we have had to postpone all up and coming public engagement events until further notice.

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. The museums will, at the moment, remain open but we are putting on hold all activities, workshops, events and clubs 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.


A British Museum touring exhibition illustrating how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas pushing the medium in new directions.

The exhibition highlights the breadth and quality of the British Museum’s collection of modern art, as well as its global scope.

Amongst the oldest forms of human creativity, drawing is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as artists increasingly choose the medium as a means to examine the modern world, with topics ranging from explorations of gender and political activism to questions of belonging and human sexuality.

The exhibition of 56 works will showcase the astonishing diversity of contemporary drawing over the last fifty years, with graphic work by artists such as David Hockney, Rachel Whiteread, Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry, as well as exciting works by emerging artists like Hamid Sulaiman and Rachel Duckhouse.

For the first time, the British Museum has co-curated this exhibition with partner museums from around the UK. In a new way of working, curatorial staff from partner museums collaborated with the British Museum to decide on themes within the exhibition and to research and select the works on display, as well as contribute chapters to the accompanying catalogue. Curators from the partner museums involved in the project included Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, Curator of Western Art at Durham University.

Generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

Image: Richard Deacon (b. 1949), Some interference 14.01.06, 2006, ink and graphite on paper © The Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduced by permission of the artist

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