Archive | October 2016

Art Fund Film event: Vincent Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing

5:45pm to 8:00pm, ER 140, Elvet Riverside 2, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JT

The showing has been arranged in collaboration with staff at Durham University’s Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. It will be introduced by Dr Anthony Parton, a distinguished art historian from the university, with time afterwards for discussion.

The “Exhibition on Screen‟ documentaries from Seventh Art Productions form an innovative series of high quality films about the work of individual artists based on major art exhibitions and collections. Each film is shown only once at selected venues around the country. This provides a further chance to see Vincent Van Gogh – a New Way of Seeing, originally released in 2015, the 125th anniversary of the artist’s death. For this documentary, Seventh Art enjoyed unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. The film provides viewers with the inspiring experience of seeing Vincent‟s iconic masterpieces close-up on screen and also discusses recent research that questions some of the myths about his troubled life.

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Creating a Thunderclap – Visual Arts Strategy launch Friday 14th October 2016

Last Friday was the launch UNTITLED, A Strategic Plan for Visual Arts in North East England at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

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Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture – Applications open.

Leverhulme Application Guidance Notes for entry October 2017

Up to 6 fully-funded three-year PhD studentships are currently available in the Durham Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture (DLITP VC) for entry in October 2017. We welcome applications from graduates in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and life sciences who wish to pursue a PhD in visual science or visual culture.

More information available here.


The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art

Durham University has formally agreed a partnership with Auckland Castle Trust to establish The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art.

The research centre’s twin focus will be on County Durham’s remarkable collections in Spanish art, on the one hand, and the University’s exceptional strengths in Spanish and Latin American studies, on the other.

The new Centre, which is being supported by a grant from Santander Universities UK and additional funding from Durham University, will be an embedded part of the University based in Bishop Auckland, in County Durham.

An international search to recruit a director will begin this autumn, with the Centre due to open in autumn 2017.

Alongside research activities, there are plans for the Centre to host major conferences and workshops in the field of Spanish and Latin American art, as well as providing opportunities for postgraduate study.

Auckland Castle is home to a significant collection of Spanish art, including the paintings of Jacob and his Twelve Sons by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán, and crucially the research centre will link Durham University’s academic research to the curatorial programme at the Trust’s planned Spanish Art Gallery, which is due to open in 2019.

Together, the research centre and gallery will link academic research with the curation of exhibitions and events designed to expand and enhance the public profile of Spanish and Latin American art, both in the UK and around the world.

It is also hoped that the initiative will make a significant contribution to the region’s economy by attracting tourists and visiting scholars from around the world.

For more information about Spanish and Latin American art research at Durham University please visit our website. The media release about our partnership with Auckland Castle Trust can also be read here.