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Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

Research Resources & Partnerships

CVAC is delighted to work closely with external partners, and welcomes visitors to all its events. Since its resources are limited, and collaborations deserve attention, it has developed a policy on its activities with organisations outside the University. This is designed to harmonise with that of the University as a whole. Durham University’s collaborations with external cultural bodies is coordinated by Dr. Keith Bartlett, Director of Culture.

Given the strategic themes of CVAC, we have identified four organisations as priority partners for the Centre, with whom we are already working particularly closely: the Bowes Museum; Auckland Castle; the Science Museum Group and Tyneside Cinema.

CVAC is the home of the Leverhulme Durham Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture. There are now two cohorts enrolled at Durham University. All these students will undertake a three-month funded placement outside the University in year 2 of the programme. These will be organized by the Steering Committee and designed to suit each student’s research project.

In addition the MA in Visual Culture which started in Autumn 2015, contains a critical curatorship option, directed by Dr. Hazel Donkin from education. Dr. Donkin liaises with organisations that offer placements to our students. Professor Jonathan Long is Director of the MA.

CVAC’s priority is to nurture its relationships with its chosen partners.

Please note that Impact Management at Durham University is undertaken primarily at Departmental level.

We welcome visitors to our open events and encourage all interested parties to join the mailing list. Please contact Kathryn Moore, for more details or visit