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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Visual arts

Durham University houses the largest collection of 20th Century art of any university in the UK.

Art is celebrated throughout Durham University, in our own collections, visiting exhibitions and student art across all media. Artwork also forms an important part of the Palatine Centre, complementing the public art on display in the surrounding area. Two major commissions are displayed in the Palatine Centre - mural painting Crystal Forms and sculpture Elvet Colliery.

Museums and Galleries

The Oriental Museum is dedicated solely to the art and archaelology of the Orient with designated collections of international importance, including it's Egyptian Gallery and Chinese collection. The museum also hosts touring art, textile and photography exhibtions.

The newly refurbished Wolfson Gallery within Palace Green Library, is a wonderful exhibition space which will host a regularly changing programme of exhibtions. The gallery often runs exhibtions of art and artefacts taken from the University's own stunning collections.

Student Art

The student Art Society mounts exhibitions of their work and many of the colleges play host to the works of local, national and international artists.

We have an active Photography Society, and several of our colleges have their own darkrooms including Grey, Hild Bede and St Cuthbert's in Durham City.

Art in Colleges

An appreciation of art is very much in evidence within our colleges, many of our which have their own extensive art collections displayed for students and visitors to enjoy. Several colleges also host regular art exhibtions by local, national and international artists and even have artists in residence working on projects.

Student life

What's On? 

The University is a hub of events and activities for students, staff and the wider local community. Our online 'What's On' Guide provides a great way to organise your social diary as well as helping you get involved in free or subsidised activities. It's a great way to try something different and meet new friends!

For an up-to-date calendar of events visit