Art & design students exhibit at Durham Cathedral

Art and design students from New College Durham are showcasing their work at Durham Cathedral as part of the new Open Treasure Exhibition. 

30 first year Level 3 Art and Design students were asked to create artwork in response to visiting Durham Cathedral, as part of a community art-based project. Their work is being displayed within the newly opened Open Treasure Exhibition in the Community Gallery until 24 September 2017. 

The students worked for four weeks to create their artwork, using a variety of techniques including tonal drawing, watercolour, embroidery and mixed media. 10 framed pieces of original students’ artwork is currently on display, plus a TV screen showing a slide show of the other students’ work. 

17-year-old Caitlin Richardson from Edmondsley, a Level 3 Art and Design student at New College Durham, said:

“I really enjoyed working on the Open Treasures project, as Durham Cathedral is one of my favourite places to visit. It has been a pleasure to study the detailed patterns and decorations and take that inspiration into my own work. I’m really excited about my work being exhibited within the Cathedral for everyone to see.”

The gallery at the Cathedral displaying the students’ work is open Monday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm and Sunday 12-5pm (last admission is 4pm). An entry fee is charged.

Peter Morrison, Head of Digital and Creative Industries at New College Durham, said:

“We are delighted that our art and design students have been given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the process of creating and professionally exhibiting their work in such a prestigious space as Durham Cathedral.  The students have created a range of exciting and vibrant artwork and they have learned valuable work skills for the art and design industry.”

The Cathedral’s Open Treasure is a new exhibition experience, part of a major development project that has transformed how visitors enjoy the Cathedral and gain inspiration from it. It provides visitors with access to previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral's cloistral buildings, showcasing the Cathedral's collections so that they can be discovered and enjoyed by more people.

Philippa Coad, Learning and Outreach Officer at Durham Cathedral, said:

“Working with such dedicated students has been a pleasure, they have all be able to create an individual response to the Cathedral and its surroundings, which is great to see. Many visitors have commented on the high standard of work produced by the students and the exciting use of materials and techniques. It’s extremely rewarding to see a group of young people being inspired by the Cathedral.”

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