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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

Contemporary Art in Focus

The Contemporary Art in Focus Series is supported by the Centre for Visual Art and Culture and the University College Senior Common Room and curated and produced by Dr Hazel Donkin (Director of MA Visual Culture).

Upcoming Events

Bad Spirits (22 February 2020)

Selah is a sound performance framed within film projections and large sculptural installations.

The event will offer a promenade experience for the audience, starting in the Sculpture Garden of Durham Museum before moving to Durham Castle. ‘Selah’ is a musical instruction, thought to mean ‘pause', creating a moment of silence for introspection and contemplation. Bad Spirits will highlight female histories, including those of the philosopher Mary Midgley (whose archive is housed in Palace Green Library) as well as the saint, composer and poet Hildegard von Bingen. The performance aims to explore their outlooks and methods as potential, towards imagining an alternative future and present.

Bad Spirits is a curatorial project / a performance / an artistic collaboration between Dawn Bothwell & Paul Stewart. For Selah they are collaborating with Sally Pilkington. Bad Spirits creates environments that support collaboration, collectivism and making in the company of others.

Doors open at Durham Museum and Heritage Centre at 12.30pm, performance starts at 1pm and ends in Durham Castle at 2.30pm. All welcome, spread the word.

Booking essential via Eventbrite, tickets £5/£2.50 concessions, book here:

This performance was commissioned by Hazel Donkin as part of the Contemporary Art in Focus series supported by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and University College, Durham University.

Mick Stephenson (Spring 2021)

Dan Holdsworth (Spring 2022)