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Spanish Art in County Durham

Three Spanish pieces of artwork around animals, power, and people and places

This virtual exhibition, launched on 7 December 2022,  brings together a selection of Spanish artworks from The Bowes Museum, Durham University, The Spanish Gallery, Auckland Castle, Raby Castle, Durham Cathedral, and Ushaw College.

These remarkable collections of Spanish art deserve to be better known. The exhibition aims to provide free access to reliable information about Spanish artworks in County Durham, to advance greater understanding of Spanish art through thematic displays, to bring Spanish art in County Durham to greater public attention, to encourage viewers to visit the institutions where the artworks are held, and to stimulate further research on Spanish art in County Durham.

The exhibition has been curated by Andy Beresford and Claudia Hopkins (Durham University). They worked with a team of doctoral students (Stephanie Bernard, Richard Jacques, Patricia Manzano Rodríguez, Irini Picolou) and research fellows (Piers Baker-Bates, Xanthe Brooke), who contributed to the commentaries on the artworks selected for the exhibition.  James Wood and Gary Robson at Curious12 designed the exhibition platform in consultation with the curators.

Funding for this exhibition was provided by Durham University and the Spanish Embassy in London.

Explore the exhibition