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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 art lovers.

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 nostalgia.

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 oil paintings.

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 local artists.

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 ceramics.

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