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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture at Durham University promotes interdisciplinary research on visual culture, which is defined in a generous manner and encompasses work on the arts and humanities, social sciences, medicine and the natural sciences. It fosters collaborations both within the University and with other institutions, including museums and galleries and cinemas.

Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships: Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture
Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships: Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture
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During the course of this film, the Director of the Programme, Professor Ludmilla Jordanova explains the various components of the programme, with current PhD students commenting on the values of each of the distinct parts of the course and the training that this programme offers. This programme provides collaborative, interdisciplinary training in Visual Culture.

Our Forthcoming Events


10th June 2019, 11:00 to 18:30, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede

To celebrate another year of actvities at the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, please join us for a day of presentations and discussion on topics including photography, exhibitions and architecture.


11.00-11.25 Coffee

11.25 Welcome from the outgoing CVAC Director, Ludmilla Jordanova

11.30-12.30 Geoff Belknap, National Science and Media Museum
Curating Photography as a Scientific Object
Chair: Jonathan Long

12.30-1.15 Jonathan Wallis, National Trust
Stories in the Landscape: Curating Places
Chair: Cathie Draycott

1.15-1.45 Lunch

1.45-2.45 Matthew Rampley, Masaryk University, Brno
Reactionary Modernisms: Architecture after the Fall of Austria-Hungary
Chair: Adrian Green

2.45-4.00 Lucy Whelan, Humboldt University of Berlin | Seren Nolan, Durham University | Laura Sillars, Durham University
Exhibitions: Creation and Evaluation
Chair: Lindsay Macnaughton

4.00-4.15 Tea

4.15-5.15 Stefano Cracolici, Durham University | Ed Payne, Durham University
Exhibitions: Curation and Publication
Chair: Janet Stewart

5.15-6.30 Drinks reception to celebrate the exhibition catalogues by Stefano Cracolici and Ed Payne (courtesy of the Zurbarán Centre)

All welcome, please register before Tuesday 4th June by emailing

The AGM will take place in the Joachim Room at the College of St Hild and St Bede. When entering the college site from St Hild's Lane, please bear left towards the Victorian-era building overlooking the lawn, following signs for the Reception. The Joaquim Room is located beyond the Reception in a converted chapel and is clearly signposted. A site map of the college can be downloaded here.