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Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry art on show at Oriental Museum

(3 March 2020)

Visitors to Durham University Oriental Museum view Sovereign 3 by Hew Locke, part of the Pushing Paper exhibition. The backs of the visitors heads are visible in silhouette in front of the artwork

Drawings by leading artists Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and David Hockney are part of a new exhibition at our Oriental Museum.


Following advice from Public Health England, Durham University is implementing a new set of actions to keep our communities healthy by reducing potential exposure to coronavirus. All of the University's visitor attractions are now closed until further notice.

Thank you for your co-operation with these measures. We are sure you share our concern for the health and well-being of our community. In this rapidly changing situation, you can check the University’s Covid-19 webpage, where we are constantly updating Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We look forward to welcoming you back when it is possible.

About the exhibition…

A British Museum touring exhibition Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now is open now, and continues until Sunday 17 May 2020.

The exhibition began at the British Museum in London and is visiting Durham as the first stop on a UK tour.

For the first time, British Museum curators worked with counterparts from partner museums, including the Oriental Museum, to choose the exhibition’s themes and content.

It explores how contemporary artists are increasingly returning to drawing, one of the oldest forms of human creativity, to examine the modern world, on topics ranging from gender and political activism to belonging and human sexuality.

What can I see and do?

Fifty-six artworks from the British Museum’s collection, plus more from the Durham University collection.

Also, art by students at Durham Sixth Form Centre, who were invited to submit drawings inspired by the themes of the exhibition.

There will also be learning and engagement activities during the exhibition period, including a drawing weekend and family activities.

We are proud to be welcoming this inspiring exhibition to North East England, Durham University and the Oriental Museum and look forward to welcoming many visitors between now and May.