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Enjoy the diversity of student art

(15 July 2020)

Hands Of Acceptance, by Alice Stubbings

We’re proud of the part our students play in Durham’s cultural life, so we’re excited to launch a new online exhibition of student art.

The Student Art Prize

Last October, we launched our Student Art Prize: hoping to celebrate the wonderfully talented student artists we have here at Durham, and give them further opportunities to have their work displayed and enjoyed.

We are proud to be an inclusive, international community, where everyone can feel comfortable to be themselves and to flourish. So as a theme for the Prize we chose ‘diversity’.

How did the competition go?

We were delighted that over 75 student artists entered the competition, and we were inspired by the quality and range of their work.

A judging panel selected a shortlist of 21 and the winner was Alice Stubbings, a Law undergraduate at St Mary’s College, for her piece ‘Hands Of Acceptance’.

Alice wins £1,500 and her work will be added to our extensive art collections.

We had planned to exhibit some of the entries at the University but, due to Covid-19, we are running an online exhibition instead. It’s part of the Summer in the City arts festival, which we run with Durham County Council.

To view the Student Art Prize virtual gallery, visit:

Art at Durham

Although we don’t teach art at Durham, almost all of our Colleges have their own art groups or societies, where students take part in workshops, meet artists and develop their skills through collaborative creativity.

We’re looking forward to being able to showcase student artwork on campus and around the City again soon.