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Past Exhibitions

Exhibition
Friday, December 9, 2016 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories.

Exhibition
Friday, November 11, 2016 - Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Anglo-Egyptian Conquest of Darfur in World War I

Exhibition
Friday, November 4, 2016 - Sunday, December 18, 2016

the ambiguity inherent in a cultural interpretation of glass artwork

Exhibition
Friday, October 14, 2016 - Thursday, March 30, 2017

A photographic exhibition portraying the natural and built spaces of Shimla

Exhibition
Friday, September 30, 2016 - Sunday, November 6, 2016

Discovering Durham University's Western Art Collection

Exhibition
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - Sunday, September 25, 2016

The people of ancient Lebanon played a fundamental role in shaping the history of the Mediterranean and yet, despite their importance in antiquity, they remain unknown to most people today. Based on the latest research, this exhibition provides an accessible introduction to the culture and society of Lebanon in the ancient world.

Exhibition
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - Sunday, November 27, 2016

An exhibition exploring the role of the samurai class as patrons and producers of the arts, together with their legacy in Japan today.

Exhibition
Friday, January 29, 2016 - Thursday, May 19, 2016

On the Threshold II: Formal Presence aims to present the meaning of our existence in a post-internet society and the lived experience of different cultures mainly through the mediums of painting and photography while exploring the use of colour.

Exhibition
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - Sunday, November 15, 2015

The first of a two part exhibition bringing the work of London-based Japanese artists to the North East. 

Exhibition
Friday, October 23, 2015 - Thursday, January 21, 2016

Illustrations of life in the Byzantine Empire by archaeological and historical illustrator Graham Sumner

Exhibition
Friday, October 9, 2015 - Thursday, December 17, 2015

An exhibition of new works by members of the Northern Potters Association inspired by the Oriental Museum’s collections

Exhibition
Friday, June 12, 2015 - Sunday, October 18, 2015

Reflecting on the impact of three decades of Nissan in the lives of the people of the North East. A collaboration between photographer James Sebright and writer and audio artist Rachel Cochrane.

Exhibition
Friday, June 5, 2015 - Sunday, July 5, 2015

An exhibition of art and interventions across five venues in Durham, connecting with climate change, global justice and human displacement. 

Exhibition
Friday, May 22, 2015 - Thursday, September 24, 2015

An exhibition created by students studying for the MA in Museum and Artefact Studies, showcasing artefacts related to pilgrimages from the heartlands and furthest reaches of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.

Exhibition
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Monday, June 1, 2015

Landscape has always been a major inspiration for artists; every medium - from painting, sculpture and photography, to poetry and music - has been used in an attempt to portray it. However, the question remains: can the direct experience of the landscape ever be truly represented within the context of art?

Exhibition
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - Sunday, June 7, 2015

An exhibition showcasing Buddhist printed art from the Oriental Museum’s collections.

Exhibition
Friday, January 16, 2015 - Sunday, March 29, 2015

3.11 three years on. A photographic exhibition by Jorel Chan.

Exhibition
Friday, January 16, 2015 - Sunday, April 19, 2015

A group exhibition exploring South Asian art and personal journeys of hope, growth and expression by members of the Art Studio, Sunderland

Exhibition
Friday, October 24, 2014 - Friday, December 19, 2014

From the Mountains to the Sea: North East reflections on South Asian culture explores the culture, art and religion of South Asian and Himalayan countries through North East eyes. The exhibition is a combination of works made by several North East artists from the East Durham Artist Network (EDAN).

Exhibition
Monday, October 6, 2014 - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gangsters, monsters, samurai and cartoon characters. 

Exhibition
Friday, July 18, 2014 - Sunday, November 16, 2014

An installation engaging with the permanent Chinese ceramic collection in the MacDonald Gallery and working with the notion of traces, ephemerality, and the vitality of the substance of ceramic.

Exhibition
Friday, April 4, 2014 - Sunday, October 5, 2014

An exhibition of paintings by internationally renowned, pioneering Palestinian artists, Hazem Harb and Mohammed Joha.

Exhibition
Friday, April 4, 2014 - Sunday, October 5, 2014

This is an exhibition of rare and beautiful photographs from Sudan taken by the anthropologist Ian Cunnison. It tells a story of migration, everyday lives and inter-ethnic relationships in late colonial Sudan.

Exhibition
Friday, February 28, 2014 - Sunday, July 13, 2014

An installation by Korean artist Hyosun Kim within the Korean Gallery at the Oriental Museum. 

Proposing an exhibition for the Oriental Museum

We welcome ideas for exhibitions or installations. If you would like to work with us, please download the information and proposal form below.