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Exploring heroism in art

(6 November 2020)

Hands Of Acceptance, by Alice Stubbings

What comes to mind when you think of heroism? We’re looking for your inspiring artworks for our Student Art Prize 2020/21.

What is the Student Art Prize?

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

We also have an extensive art collection and this informs our teaching and research, as well as being on show around the University and local area for us all to enjoy.

We launched the Student Art Prize in 2019 to celebrate the wonderfully talented student artists here at Durham, and give them further opportunities to have their work displayed and appreciated.

Why heroism?

The theme of this year’s Prize is heroism. The choice was inspired by the heroism we’ve seen around us during the Covid-19 pandemic, but we want to leave the interpretation open to you!

You might think of a hospital doctor, a loved one, a volunteer, an aid worker, an object, nature, or something else entirely – let your creativity loose! Equally, you might be thinking of a portrait, but we’re keen to receive entries in all forms of art, including photography, film and sculpture.

Next steps…

We've now launched the Student Art Prize 2020/21. Between November and the submission deadline in February, we’ll be running an Art School, with creative workshops, a street gallery and an outdoor exhibition.

Shortlisting will take place in March and the winner will be announced in June.

The prize fund is generously supported by alumnus Richard Roberts, and offers £1,500 for first place, £1,000 for second, £500 for third, £100 each for two highly commended entries and £250 for a People’s Vote winner.

We can’t wait to see your entries!

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