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St Cuthbert's Society

Arts, Music & Societies

Cuth's Drama Society in Schaffer's 'Black Comedy'

St Cuthbert's Society has many societies devoted to the Arts, but there is always space for more. To start your own society all you need are fourteen people to support the foundation of the society. Our current JCR societies are:

  • Art Society
  • Alt Society
  • Big Band
  • Choir
  • Drama Society
  • Real Ale and Cider Appreciation Society
  • Creative Writing Group (College-run)

Each year for Arts & Culture Week we run a photography competition open to submissions on a chosen theme from all Cuth's students with a prize of £100 for the best photograph. Additionally, the Deputy Principal's Prize of £100 is awarded to a student who has made an exceptional contribution to arts and culture within the college. We also offer a broad range of college choral scholarships.

How do I find out about societies?

At the beginning of Michaelmas term the JCR holds a Sports & Socs Fair, where each sport or society at Cuth's has a stand in the dining hall for current representatives to talk to you about how you can get involved, and can sign you up to their mailing list. You can get info during the year by emailing societies individually, or by visiting their websites.

How much does it cost to take part?

All JCR Societies are part-funded by the JCR to keep the cost of activities as low as possible for its members. Each society is able to charge its members a subcription fee to top up the amount it needs to run smoothly, but this is kept to a minimum, and varies for each group. Societies are permitted to have free membership if they are able to run without funding from the JCR, for example, the Drama Society is able to cover its cost through ticket sales, so does not require its members to pay subs.

I'm interested in an activity that isn't listed here. What should I do?

If you're passionate about something that we don't yet have a club for then you can easily set up your own. All you need to do is find fourteen other people to support you and take your request to a JCR meeting. Once the club has been ratified at a JCR meeting it is then eligible to apply for funding. You can find out more from the Sports and Societies Chair (cuthbers.jcr-sportsandsocs@durham.ac.uk).

What skill level do the societies expect?

It's important to us that everyone is able to be involved with whatever they choose. You don't have to be Picasso to join the Art Society. In fact, lots of the societies organise workshops and training so that you can improve your skills. For example, the Art Society have previously offered lifedrawing classes, a manga workshop and a pottery class, with no experience necessary.