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Visitor Centre Exhibitions

Durham University Botanic Garden has a rich connection with artists and their work, with many sculptures hidden around the garden. To this end we utilise the Coffee-Shop in our Visitor Centre to exhibit art, paintings and photographs by local artists.

We frequently host exhibitions of different artists’ work throughout the year. So after a walk around the garden why not ponder the paintings with a hot drink or over an afternoon snack? Many of the artists offer their work for sale, if a piece should catch your eye.

If you are interested in exhibiting work of your own, please contact the Retail Office by calling 0191 334 9357.

Alternatively, you can also book your exhibition through our booking form below by selecting "Botanic Garden" in the relevant field:

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Current Exhibitions:

Here you can find details of current exhibitions being displayed in the Garden’s Visitor Centre.

August 2019 - Houghton le Spring Art Club

We warmly invite you to visit Houghton le Spring Art Club's exhibition, where you will find a wide variety of wildlife or local scenes painted by our talented members. Our artists use a variety of painting styles and media, including oil, watercolour, acrylic, pastels, pencils and ink.

If you are inspired by any of the paintings and would like to join or Club, you are assured of a warm welcome. We meet every Thursday night, 7-9pm, at the Welfare Hall in Houghton. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Secretary, Alison Davies on 07741 205327.

September 2019 - Ewan Anderson

Ewan Anderson has a lifelong interest in trees and, since his retirement as Professor Geopolitics in 2001, he has been drawing trees for several charities including the Durham Wildlife Trust. His aim is to blend the botanical and the artistic and, in 2011, he was commissioned to draw the Heritage Trees at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

He has held over 40 exhibitions, 9 of them at Durham University Botanic Garden. Many of his drawings can be seen on his website.

October 2019 - Don Bennett

Don Bennett has lived in Durham City, with his family, for fifty years. For the past forty-nine of those years he has been a member of Durham Photographic Society. As a past president he has fulfilled various offices and holds a Distinction with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. He has been a judge and lecturer in photographic clubs throughout the North East.

Don originates from Howden-le-Wear and it was in the early 1950’s, whilst a pupil at Wolsingham Grammar School, that he first became interested in photography; a passion which has remained with him all of his life. On leaving school he went to sea as a deck apprentice, deck officer and navigator on oil tankers where he continued his interest in photography. With a change of career in 1962 he became a police officer with Durham Constabulary. At one time he served as a Divisional Scientific Aids Officer dealing with forensic evidence, with photography being an important part of his job. It has been a privilege for him to have experienced the move from ‘film’ and ‘dark room photography’ to the digital process we know today. The oldest picture to be shown was taken sixty-two years ago.

This display of his work marks Don’s eightieth birthday earlier this year and he wishes to convey his thanks to members of Durham Photographic Society who have given help and support in making this exhibition possible.

November 2019 - Colourwheel Art Classes

This is an exhibition to celebrate the achievements of our students at Colourwheel Art Classes. Based in the beautiful Ushaw College, our students have developed extremely quickly and are proud to display their work.

December 2019 - Artists of Shadforth Art Group

Shadforth Art Group was formed in March 2014 and meets regularly in Shadforth Village Hall, near Durham. Members of the group work in a variety of different media, many of which are represented in this exhibition. This includes watercolour, gouache, acrylic, oil, pastel, pen and ink, felting, textiles and mix media.