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Ustinov College

Cafe des Arts

The Cafe des Arts provides a cultural space that seeks to create community through arts. Our aims are to: create a stronger identity for Ustinov as a cultural space; explore the role and importance of the arts and culture in our communities and wider societies; be influential in the arts and cultural scene in Durham; explore the transformative role of arts and creativity by developing an onsite studio residency and host an annual artist in residence.

The Café des Arts is a project that unites several different strands of art and creativity under one umbrella.

In addition to this, the Café des Arts is collaborating with Ustinov College’s Music Society in setting up and running a college choir, as well as promoting music in the shape of regular open-mic nights, ‘Ustinov Live!’.

Peter Ustinov once said, ‘The arts are one of the few known antidotes to the pallor of accuracy and the frigid exhilaration of scientific techniques’. The Café des Arts, then, aims to offer students something different, and something profoundly liberating.

Ustinov Café des Arts is on facebook!  Find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/282435415189460/

“In Cafe des Arts, we provide art for all predilections whether it is for cultural liaison, historical interest, exercise through dance, community through music or any of the other myriad benefits an artistic life may endow”

Ariadne Schulz (PhD Archaeology)

Events 2014-15



Ustinov Cafe des Arts presents a talk by Keeper of Fine Art at Durham University, Henry Dyson. 'Pride and the People: Modern Art among the Aesthetics of Power'. Thursday 24th January.