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Students, artists and local residents explore climate change

(21 February 2019)

Melted, by Steve Wright, will be one of the artworks on show

An art exhibition bringing together students, local artists and Durham residents will open at our Ustinov College next weekend (Saturday 2 March).

The ‘Encounter 2019’ exhibition will feature art which explores links between climate change, nature and society.

Over 20 artists are contributing. They include:

  • Professional artists from the TESTT – Empty Shop arts organisation, Bearpark Artist Co-operative, the University and further afield;
  • Members of a local knitting group;
  • Students from Durham Johnston School and St Margaret’s CE Primary School, in Durham City; and
  • Art students from the Royal College of Art, London and Northumbria University.

Also on display will be posters, produced by some of our postgraduate research students, exploring climate and society related issues.

The exhibition will be open from Sunday 3 March until Thursday 14 March. Entry is free and open to all. The artwork will be exhibited in Ustinov College’s Café and Community Room, which are open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Opening event

An opening event will be held on Saturday 2 March from 4pm to 7pm. This event will also include live performances. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Ustinov College is based at Sheraton Park, DH1 4FL.

Research that tackles the big issues

Professor Glenn McGregor, Principal of Ustinov College and a Professor of Climatology, said: “Climate change is one of the major issues facing society today. As a University, we’re helping society understand and tackle it.”

“Encounter will explore how climate change, people and the environment interact and we’re very pleased to have a range of professional artists, art students and local residents contributing.”