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13 June 2022 - 15 June 2022

9:00PM - 5:00PM

Hotel Indigo, Durham and Bishop Auckland

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A View of Durham Cathedral from the riverbank

Registration has now closed. 

The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) at Durham University, with support from the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme, presents our Sixth Visual Intersections Summer School. We encourage proposals from doctoral students and early career researchers working in any discipline or field, whose work extensively deals with visual materials. The Summer School is part of an ongoing series in which scholars in a range of diverse fields gather annually to discuss and celebrate innovative work and research in Visual Cultures. It will be held as an in-person event and will take place at Durham University from 13th June – 15th June 2022. Some assistance with travel and accommodation costs for speakers will be available.

The objective of the Summer School is to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue between postgraduate students, early career academics, and professionals in the cultural sector and to foster an interactive and inclusive environment for early career scholars. It will focus upon examining relationships between curatorship, museum collections and memory, exploring opportunities to integrate research with filmmaking, and opening discussions around Visual Cultures research-related career sectors. There will be opportunities to participate in interactive panels and keynotes, visits to museums and sites around County Durham, which will include tours and interactive workshops, and discussion and networking opportunities throughout our three-day programme.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please email or

About the Summer School

The Summer School, which is supported by the Leverhulme Trust, is part of an ongoing series in which scholars in a range of diverse fields gather annually to discuss and celebrate innovative work and research in Visual Cultures.

The Summer School will take place both in Durham and also in Bishop Auckland. On 13 and 15 June. The Summer School will be held at Hotel Indigo, Durham - the principal venue for our keynote and panel sessions. We are delighted to welcome Dr Domenico Sergi, Senior Curator, Museum of London to given the keynote address. On 13 June there will also be a visit and object handling session at the Durham University Oriental Museum.

On 14 June, the Summer School will travel to Bishop Auckland and visit two of County Durham's newest museums and galleries. We will visit and host a panel session in the Spanish Gallery, home to the UK's largest collection of 16th and 17th century Spanish artworks outside London, including work by El Greco, Murillo and Velazquez. Following this we will also visit the Mining Art Gallery, which includes more than 420 works by prominent local artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish. Both of these spaces are part of The Auckland Project, an organisation dedicated to revitalising Bishop Auckland by using art, faith and heritage to fuel long-term change and regeneration.

Travel and Accommodation

Travelling to Durham

By Rail

InterCity trains from most major centres in the country call at Durham daily along the main East Coast Main Line, including the London North Eastern Railway. Transpennine Express offers frequent links to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, while Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland, the Midlands and the South West and Northern Railways also use this line.

Durham is just over 3 hours from Birmingham, 2½ hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York.

The number 40b Cathedral bus service runs Monday to Friday during morning and afternoon rush hours, to provide a service to Upper Mountjoy (Science Site). Access to the Hill Colleges is possible using this service by alighting at the New Inn stop (along Church Street) and taking a short walk up the hill. This service runs from Durham Railway Station via the Bus Station, along New Elvet on to Stockton Road and onto Upper Mountjoy (Science Site) and return. There will be other stops along the route and these are listed, along with the full timetable, on the Green Travel website.

A taxi will take you from the station to any College within 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes.

By Road

Durham City Centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham - Sunderland Road and follow signs to Durham City Centre.

Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.

There are several express coach services daily from most major cities. Durham is well served by both regional express services and the local bus network. From Durham City Bus Station - a short walk from the Railway Station - a bus service runs every 15 minutes past the Colleges on South Road.

By Air

Durham is 30 minutes' drive from Newcastle Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley. Both have regular domestic and international flights. Durham is linked to Newcastle Airport by rail and metro. Travellers into Durham Tees Valley can take the Arriva 12 bus service that links the airport to Darlington Railway Station, with regular connections to Durham.

By Sea

Scheduled ferry services link the River Tyne to The Netherlands

Accommodation in Durham

In addition to the options below, there are many smaller hotels and B&Bs in and around the city. Please see the search facility provided by Durham's Tourist Information service

Hotel Indigo, Durham

Radisson BLU Hotel Durham

The Marriott Durham

Premier Inns in Durham

Travelodge Durham



Please find the confirmed schedule below:

Day 1 | Monday 13 June 2022 – Hotel Indigo, Durham

10:00 – 11:00 Registration, Tea and Coffee upon arrival

11:00 – 11:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

11:15 – 12:45 Museums, Critical Theory and Activism Panel Session

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 15:00 Keynote Address, Dr Domenico Sergi, Senior Curator, Museum of London

15:00 – 15:30 Tea and Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:00 Walk to Oriental Museum, Durham University

16:00 – 17:30 Workshop at the Oriental Museum

17:30 – 18:00 Walk to Dinner Venue

18:00 – 20:00 Dinner at Turkish Kitchen, Durham

Day 2 | Tuesday 14 June 2022 – Bishop Auckland

10:00 – 11:00 Travel to Bishop Auckland

11:00 – 12:30 Post-war Politics of Visual Cultures Panel Session, Spanish Gallery, Bishop Auckland

12:30 – 13:30 Free time for lunch in Bishop Auckland

13:30 – 14:30 Visit to the Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland

14:30 – 15:30 Tour of the Spanish Gallery

15:30 - 16:30 Power and the Sacred in Early Modern Visual Culture Gallery Discussion

16:30 – 17:00 Free time in Bishop Auckland

17:00 – 18:00 Return to Durham

Day 3 | Wednesday 15 June 2022 – Hotel Indigo, Durham

10:00 – 10:45 Film-making Panel Session

10:45 – 11:00 Tea and Coffee Break 

11:00 - 11:45 Film Workshop with Alan Fentiman, Film-maker in Residence, Durham University

11:45 – 12:00 Tea and Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Imagining the Mediterranean Panel Session

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Communities and Curation Panel Session

15:30 – 16:00 Tea and Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30 Careers in Academia and the Arts

Dr Zoë Roth, School of Modern Languages and Cultures Durham University

Dr Kaja Marcezwska, Head of Collections Research, The National Archives

17:30 – 17:35 Concluding Remarks and Close by Rhodri Sheldrake Davies & Irini Picolou