ARt Galleries In Durham
Although the city may be a landscape artist’s dream
with is panoramic views of the cathedral, castle and river,
Durham is actually only home to two art galleries.
However there are plenty more venues within half an hour’s
drive that help to ensure the city is still a catch for
Durham’s main art establishment is Durham Art
Gallery [map], which displays an ever-changing
exhibition of top quality traditional and modern paintings,
designs and crafts.
Past exhibitions have included work by Maggie Hills, Durham
Cathedral’s artist-in-residence, whose monumental
watercolour-on-canvas explores themes of escapism and
Northern artist Kate van Suddese, who draws inspiration
from the light and freedom of the Impressionists and the
beauty of the Pre-Raphaelites, has also exhibited her
work of sky and seascapes here.
In addition to the galleries, this venue also plays host
to Adult Art Workshops, led by artist and illustrator
Linda Birch, who has designed more than 150 children's
books. With her help budding artists learn the techniques
needed to create fascinating drawings, watercolours and
Located on North Road in the heart of the city is Angelos [map], Durham’s other art gallery, which is
popular with those looking to buy works by contemporary
Heading out of the city, you’ll find more art galleries
in the scenic town of Bishop Auckland, situated
about 11 miles south west of Durham. One of the most popular
venues here is the McGuinness Gallery [map],
which has temporary exhibitions of local and national
interest that borrows from artists, collectors and public
collections. As well as providing locals and visitors
with some great displays, the gallery also aims to promote
the work of artists from the County Durham area.
Just down the road in Wolsingham, the Serendipity Art
Gallery [map] stocks arts and crafts by local
artists with a view to showcasing the talents of North
East artists to the world.
If it's traditional art you’re looking for in the
surroundings of a Louvre-inspired French chateau, then
get along to the Bowes Museum [map] at Barnard Castle. Created between 1862 and 1875 by John
and Josephine Bowes from their own private collection,
the museum is full of European fine and decorative
arts from 1400 to 1875. There is particular emphasis
on the arts of France including items from the Bowes'
home in Paris. Also on display are Spanish, Italian and
Northern European paintings, English furniture and European
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