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Located at Roper House, close to the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland, the Zurbarán Centre is led by its Director, Professor Claudia Hopkins and administered by Mrs Barbara Jackson. The Centre is a research unit of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University. Its interdisciplinary remit is reflected in the composition of its steering group, comprising scholars from six different Durham University departments and the Senior Curator of Spanish art at The Auckland Project. The Centre's international Advisory Board meets once a year.

Steering Group

The Centre's steering group meets three times a year at Durham University and is currently composed of the following members:

Claudia Hopkins

James Kelly
Department of Theology and Religion

Yari Perez Marin
School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Giles Gasper
Department of History

Chris Gerrard
Department of Archaeology

Hector Sequera
Department of Music

Tom Stammers
Department of History

Janet Stewart
School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Santiago Fouz Hernandez
School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Liz Waller
Director of Library and Collections


Director from 2017 - 2020
Stefano Cracolici

External Advisors

Amaya Alzaga Ruiz Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Piers Baker-Bates Open University

Véronique Gerard Powell Sorbonne Université

Giovanna Capitelli Università Roma Tre

Adam Jasienski Southern Methodist University