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Local artists’ work on show at Oriental Museum

(26 September 2019)

We’re proud of the contribution we make to the cultural scene in Durham and the North East. So we’re pleased to be hosting a new exhibition of work by local artists at our Oriental Museum.

About the exhibition…

It’s called East Meets West, and features works by members of the local artists network Interface Arts.

Interface members were inspired by touring our Western Art collection and handling objects from our Oriental Museum.

We think the pieces they’ve produced make for a stimulating exhibition and we hope you’ll enjoy it.

It’s open now, and runs until Sunday 15 December.

A positive partnership

Interface members have run art workshops for visitors to our Oriental Museum over the past few years, so we’re pleased to now be exhibiting some of their work.

Meryl Mathieson, a member of the Interface Arts Committee, said: “We have made a close link with the Museum and University. We run adult art workshops and hold our meetings on a regular basis at the Museum. 

“We are very excited about exhibiting our work in the two gallery spaces and look forward to continuing our work together in the future.”

About our Oriental Museum…

It’s only museum in the north of the UK dedicated to the art and archaeology of the Orient. 

The collections cover the cultures of China, Japan, Korea, India, the Near and Middle East, and North Africa. In 2008, the Chinese and Ancient Egyptian collections were awarded ‘Designated Status’ in recognition of their national and international importance. 

About our Western Art collection…

It includes over 6,000 works, ranging from prints and drawings to sculpture. Interface members focused on the themes of Pop Art and British Modernism.