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Dr Hazel Donkin

Assistant Professor (Teaching)

Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures


Dr Hazel Donkin completed her postgraduate studies in photography and French Surrealism at Northumbria University in 2010 and joined Durham University as a lecturer in History of Art. 

Dr Donkin teaches on undergraduate modules on the BA Visual Arts and Film programme. She contributes to the MA in Visual Culture and runs MELA 45230 Critical Curatorship, the work placement module for that programme:

Dr Donkin is the Secretary for Art on the University College Senior Common Room Executive and curates an annual exhibition at Durham Castle. In 2023 the artist Dan Holdsworth is showing in the Tunstall Gallery, until December 8th, see DAN HOLDSWORTH — INFO - DAN HOLDSWORTH Dr Donkin is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching and Learing Award at Durham University and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Dr Donkin's research interest is in the field of Surrealism. She is currently writing a book with co-author Ian Walker Ian Walker ( on the photographic work of the artist Frederick Sommer, to be published by Routledge in 2025..



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