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.