Exhibitions taking place at the Botanic Garden in 2023:
August 2023 - Durham Art Group
A local group of artists who meet one a month. Wide ranging skills from beginners to experienced members.
September 2023 - Margaret Weavill
“Hello – my name is Margaret Weavill and I live locally in West Rainton, a small village on the outskirts of Durham City. As a retired teacher, I now find I have the time to indulge my lifelong love of painting.
West Rainton is an old pit village, dominated for decades by the huge ‘pit heap’, but in recent years the land around it has been reclaimed and turned into Rainton Meadows Country Park. It is here that I find my main inspiration – the grasses, trees, wildflowers and ponds are not only beautiful but pulsate with their own life and resonate with their own colour and emotion. As the seasons come and go the plants communicate joy, ease, complaint, endurance, rebirth… and it is this vibrancy, this quickness that I hope to communicate so that subliminally through the painting we can feel ourselves in tune with the different moods and aspects of the living world around us'.
October 2023 - Peoples Arts Community Studio
Peoples Arts Community Studio is a small art co-operative operating out of the dedicated studio at the Community Centre, Tanfield Lea, Stanley in County Durham. There are eight members at present, and we have a wide range of artistic interests. We are members of the Society For All Artists. Viewers of our exhibition can expect works ranging from pastoral and landscape scenes, human and animal subjects, through to graphic art and science fiction/fantasy. We use many techniques and media, so expect pencil/ink/charcoal drawings, water colour, acrylic paints, pastels, and linoprints. There may well be more as we are always up for a challenge! We have a Facebook group, Peoples Arts Community Studio, where there are photos of previous exhibitions. We are delighted to be returning to the Botanic Gardens again!!!
November 2023 - Deryck Simpson
Durham Art Group comprises amateur artists who meet once a month at Nettlesworth Community Centre. The group consists of people with varying degrees of experience from the local area who come together to share ideas and techniques. We have regular demonstrations and tutor led classes. The group generally have two exhibitions a year.
December 2023 - Shadforth Art Group
Shadforth Art Group meets in Shadforth, a small village near Durham. Formed in 2014, we are an independent community group with artists of all ages and experience. Our artists work on individual and group projects in a wide variety of media, including Watercolours, Acrylics, Gouache, Oils, Pastels, Pen and Ink, Printing, Felting and Mixed Media. We have annual exhibitions at Shadforth Village Hall and are very much looking forward to sharing our art for our third exhibition at Durham Botanic Gardens! This December and January we will be displaying pictures from our 2024 calendar project, as well as other works of art to brighten up the winter. Selected pictures will be for sale. We hope you enjoy our exhibition.
Are you interested in displaying your work at the Botanic Garden?
Durham University Botanic Garden has a rich connection with artists and their work, with many sculptures hidden around the garden. To this end we utilise the coffee shop in our Visitor Centre to exhibit art, paintings and photographs by local artists.
We frequently host exhibitions of different artists’ work throughout the year. So, after a walk around the garden, why not ponder the paintings with a hot drink or over an afternoon snack? Many of the artists offer their work for sale, if a piece should catch your eye.
If you are interested in exhibiting work of your own, you can express your interest by completing the following form.
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