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Art by Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry on show at Oriental Museum

(3 March 2020)

A woman views Untitled by Grayson Perry at Durham University Oriental Museum

Right: Untitled, by Grayson Perry

Drawings by leading artists Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and David Hockney are part of a new exhibition at our Oriental Museum.


Following advice from Public Health England, Durham University is implementing a new set of actions to keep our communities healthy by reducing potential exposure to coronavirus. All of the University's visitor attractions are now closed until further notice.

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What is the exhibition?

A British Museum touring exhibition Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now explores how contemporary artists are increasingly returning to drawing to examine the modern world.

It opened at the British Museum in London from September to January and Durham is its first top on a national tour which will also take in Orkney, Wales and Yorkshire.

A first-of-its-kind show

In a first for the British Museum, its curators worked with counterparts from partner museums to choose the exhibition’s themes and content.

Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, our Curator of Western Art, was one of those involved.

She said: “‘The opportunity to work so closely with the British Museum’s Prints & Drawings department and their outstanding collections, through the National Partnerships programme has been an absolutely invaluable and unparalleled experience. The collaborative process created a supportive environment in which to research, curate and learn.”

Where and when

Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now is generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation. It is at the Oriental Museum until Sunday 17 May.

The Oriental Museum is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, and weekends and Bank Holidays, 12pm to 5pm. Entry costs £1.50 for adults, 75p for over 60s and children aged five and over. Family tickets for two adults and three children are priced £3.50. Entry is free for children under five.