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Artists invited to showcase work at new festival

(25 April 2018)

Artist Betty Barnet Brown with her work, which will be displayed in the Gala Gallery as part of the festival

A new visual arts festival is coming to Durham – and artists from North East England are being invited to get involved.

Art Durham, which is being jointly delivered by Durham County Council and Durham University, will include a new exhibition in the Gala Gallery, Durham City.

There will also be The Bailey Gallery Art Tours – art tours of the University’s Hatfield CollegeSt Chad’s CollegeSt John’s College and St Cuthbert’s Society – led by curator-trained student guides, from Tuesday 5 June to Friday 15 June.

Outdoor Selling Art Exhibition

The pilot festival will also include a pop up Outdoor Selling Art Exhibition along the riverside below Millennium Place, Durham City, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, where artists can apply for a space to showcase their work.

Lucy Jenkins, Durham County Council’s visual arts manager, said: “Art Durham promises to be a great new festival which will include exhibitions and activities that appeal to everyone from families, students and art professionals.

“We want art to be accessible to all by bringing it out of conventional gallery spaces and into the community, as well as encouraging artists from our own region to showcase their work within the county.”

Pilot festival

Art Durham 2018 will be a smaller-scale pilot festival which will test ideas for the development of a visual arts festival to run from 2020. 

Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, Curator of Western Art at Durham University, said: “Art Durham is the visual art strand of a wider programme of creative activities taking place in the City throughout June.

“The Outdoor Selling Exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for a wide range of regionally based artists to promote their practice.”

How to get involved

Artists who take part in the outdoor exhibition will be charged no commission aside from an initial £20 hire fee.

Anyone interested in applying for a space can download an application form here and send it together with up to four images of work to by 5pm on Monday 7 May 2018.

Successful candidates will be informed by Monday 14 May.