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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.

December 2018 - Hetton Art Group

Hetton Art Club is a long established art club held at Eppleton 1st Scout Hall in Hetton. Come and see their work throughout December.

January 2019 - John Dolan

Local Artist John Dolan studied art at Backhouse Art College from the age of 14. On leaving education, John served his time as an apprentice, qualifying as an Underground Maintenance Engineer until he left the job to become a 'trouble shooter' at Wear Glass Works (Pyrex). After 10 years in that role John worked as the Technical Director at Washington Arts Centre, latterly moving on to teach art and pottery until starting his own business teaching art which continues today - 52 weeks of the year!

To celebrate the NHS 70th Birthday this year, John has donated 70 pieces of his work to County Durham & Darlington NHS FT Charity (No. 1053467). This work will be sold to help our Chemotherapy Appeal at the University of North Durham

To find out more about this exhibition or learn more about the artist, please contact

December 2018

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