What’s On? Art Listings

Archived 2022 events:

Daisy Arts Youth Music 

Available all summer
Online at sitcfestival.org

Listen to Daisy Arts Youth Music group who have created these works.

Student Art Prize Exhibition

Wednesday 15 June 2022- June 2023
Palatine Centre, DH1 3LE

Now in its third year, explore the creativity of students at Durham University and find out who are winners are chosen by the judges. More information.

Tradition and transformation: contemporary Indian miniature painting from Rajasthan

27 May- 18 September 2022
Oriental Museum, DH1 3TH
More information

What’s All the Fuss About?

Online Exhibition
Content Warning: Rape, sexual assault, spiking, and nudity.
Arts education company Changing Relations launched the Let’s Talk About Sex project in Autumn 2021 to work with students from Bishop Auckland College, Durham University and The Northern School of Art. A Student Social Action Group was formed. Together with professional artists, they created a zine packed with content to raise awareness; opening up a dialogue and encouraging social action to make positive change.
Available here


1 July – 4 September 2022
Gala Gallery, Durham, DH1 1WA

Gnossiennes is a newly commissioned two channel digital film produced by Graham Dolphin. No Booking required. More Information.

The Good Books: an installation by Sofia Barton and Lady Kitt

Wednesday 27th July to Sunday 14 th Aug 2022 Cosin’s Library, Palace Green Library, DH1 3RN
Celebrating and sharing work made during the artist’s 2020-22 social art residency at Bishop Cosins’ Library.
More Information.

Half-Term Art Club

Wednesday 1st June, 1-3pm
at Palace Green Library, Learning Centre

Start of Summer in the City with us at Art Club! A family friendly event, everyone is welcome to this pop in event. No booking necessary. 

Workshopping the Art Collection

Friday 10 June, 5.30-7pm
at 5 the College
Get up close to a select array of artworks with MEDUSA, including pieces by Paula Rego, Marina Abramović and Fay Pomerance, and delving into conversation about the ideas they kindle.

Reimagining Futures

Saturday 11 June, 10am-12pm
at Palace Green Library, Learning Centre

Join MEDUSA for an open conversation exploring how art and creativity can help us to forge different futures rooted in compassion, joy and equity

Sketching Pub Tour

Thursday 16 June, 5-7pm
Starting at the Station House at 5pm

Inspired by Norman Cornish’s sketchbooks we will use alternative drawing techniques to draw the interiors of these local watering holes, All skill levels welcome! Over 18’s only.

Let’s Talk

Saturday 18 June, 12- 4pm
Alington House, DH1 3ET
Join Changing Relation’s exhibition exploring themes such as consent, cat calling, sexism- as well as paintings, illustrations, live performance, informal Q&A, zine giveaway

Cake as Art

Saturday 18 June, 1-3pm
at Palace Green Library, Learning Centre

Do you think Cake can be art? Decorate your own masterpiece cake and take it home to eat!- Drop in event, No booking required.

Open-Mic Poetry evening

Thursday 23 June, 5-7pm
at the Oriental Museum

Join Durham University Poetry Society for an open-mic night- Would you like to sign up? get in touch.

Crafted based making

Saturday 25 June, 10am-12pm
Saturday 25 June, 1pm-3pm
at Palace Green Library, Learning Centre

Join artist Connor Shields to experiment with craft based making including finger knitting and ready-made sculptures.

Museum Sketchbook Walk with Lizzie Lovejoy

Monday 25 July, 2-4pm
Durham Castle
Join award winning artist Lizzie Lovejoy for a reportage based workshop that explores movement and celebrates Durham’s historic collections.

Family Activities at the Oriental Museum

Every Saturday in June- July, 1-3pm
Oriental Museum, DH1 3TH

Inspired by the Oriental Museum’s Collections, family activities are open to all- everyone is welcome. Full listings.

Daisy Arts pop-up exhibition
B.U…be who you are
Be-you-tifully Different

1 July – 30 July 2022
Botanic Gardens (on display in the Alpine Garden), DH1 3DF
B.U. Project evolved from a parent’s experience of supporting her daughter’s mental health journey. Artists: Dawn Belshaw & Jane Crawford.

Museum Sketchbook Walk with Lizzie Lovejoy

Friday 29 July, 2-4pm
Oriental Museum, DH1 3TH
Join award-winning artist Lizzie Lovejoy for a reportage based workshop that explores movement and celebrates Durham’s historic collections.

Please do let us know if you have any access requirements by emailing artcollection@durham.ac.uk


Access at the Oriental Museum

Palace Green Library and Cosin’s Library

5 the College

Durham Castle