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About Us

The Zurbarán Centre is a Durham University research institution that promotes an enhanced understanding of the visual and performing arts through the study of their geographical, historical, and material manifestations in Spain and Latin America.

We work together with our staff, students and alumni, our colleges, faculties and departments, our partners and communities at the local and global level to provide world-class research, education, and creative outreach activities.
Governance

Our aim is to inspire and generate cutting-edge research into art and visual culture in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America across all periods, from the middle ages to the present day. The Centre is particularly focused on research that is transdisciplinary in nature, transnational in scope, and transcultural in its approach. We collaborate with partners worldwide to spark new discoveries and devise new ways of promoting an enhanced understanding of Iberian and Latin American art through an ambitious programme of residential scholarships, doctoral fellowships, international student exchanges, public lectures, international exhibitions, scholarly publications, social media activities, and digital services.

A remarkable cluster of collections

The Centre's twin focus is on County Durham's remarkable collections in Spanish art dating from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, on the one hand, and Durham University's exceptional strengths in Spanish and Latin American studies, on the other. The twin catalysts for this initiative are The Auckland Project's major arts and heritage-led regeneration project in Bishop Auckland and Durham University's strategic investment in visual arts and culture, entailing, among others, a collaborative partnership with The Bowes Museum, internationally famous for its Spanish, French and Italian collections.

A strategic partnership

The Zurbarán Centre operates in a symbiotic relationship with The Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland, and promotes cutting-edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, in areas related to the themes and narratives of the Spanish Gallery. While the Spanish Gallery is devoted to the arts from Spain, the remit of the Zurbarán Centre encompasses the visual arts in Latin America.

A vibrant research environment

Durham University's strategic commitment to visual culture was cemented in 2013 by the creation of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC). CVAC coordinates visual culture research across the University's three faculties and is home to a taught MA in Visual Arts and Culture. This commitment is further reinforced by the new BA in Visual Arts and Film.

A truly interdisciplinary team

Durham University has exceptional research strengths in Spanish and Latin American visual arts and cultures. Twenty researchers from a number of different departments, including Anthropology, Geography, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, Music, Theology and Religion, are currently exploring topics from the Middle Ages to modernity and post-modernity, and a range of different visual and performative forms, from the fine arts through to theatre, cinema, music and photography.

A unique opportunity

Researchers working with the Centre are able to study a unique collection of original works in Bishop Auckland and make use of office space in Roper House, the home of the Zurbarán Centre. They have the unique opportunity of working with curatorial staff on joint research and engagement projects and engaging with Durham University researchers and international partners of excellent standing.

 

 

 

  

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  • Roper House

    Roper House is the seat of the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University.

    Roper House
  • Partnerships

    The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art has strong partnerships with The Auckland Project and the Spanish Gallery.

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Roper House

Roper House is the seat of the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University.

Roper House

Partnerships

The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art has strong partnerships with The Auckland Project and the Spanish Gallery.

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A vibrant research environment

We have exceptional research strengths in Spanish and Latin American visual arts and cultures. Researchers from a number of different departments are currently exploring topics from the Middle Ages to modernity and post-modernity, and from fine arts through to theatre, cinema, music and photography.

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Get in Touch

Enquiries about the Zurbarán Centre should be sent via the email below.

Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art

Roper House
10 Market Place
Bishop Auckland
DL14 7NJ