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Current Exhibitions

Throughout the year, Ushaw runs a series of exhibitions, ranging from acounts of the more notable of our alumni, through to art exhibitions of different themes. Our exhibitions are open every Saturday between 1pm and 5pm and entry is free. Our current exhibitions are detailed below:


 Shield of Faith - Ushaw College at War

Ushaw's own World War One Exhibition focuses on the stories of men from Ushaw who served on the Front Line, including students, teachers and domestic staff. It will also consider the role of a Catholic Chaplain in the conflict and how individual soldiers' faith was influenced by warfare. For more information, visit our page.

The 'I Love Durham' Exhibition

Courtesy of the brilliant photographers of the Durham Photographic Society, Ushaw is proud to house a selection of images that celebrate everything about our lovely part of the world. For more information, visit our page.

Sentence: A Work in Progress - 22nd June to August 31st

The paintings displayed here are from an ongoing collaboration between artist Alan O'Cain and a British former banker who pleaded guilty to securities fraud (in 2008) and is now serving a sixteen-year prison sentence in a notorious US jail. Because the prisoner lacks US citizenship, he is forbidden from serving the sentence in a low-security institution. 


The subject, in his sixties, a university graduate, family man, former art collector and high-flyer of the corporate banking world, now shares a cell with a convicted murderer and has no opportunity for parole before serving a minimum of fourteen years (2022). Alan has vowed to create a painting for every year his subject remains incarcerated. Each four-foot square work is inspired by the emotional and intellectual content of letters Alan has received and is based on a single photograph of the subject with an arm around his wife taken by a mutual friend whilst the subject was under house arrest pending trial. For more information, visit our page.


Fay Pomerance: Redemption - 4th August to 24th September

Durham University and Ushaw College present Redemption, an exhibition of little seen work by British Jewish artist, Fay Pomerance (1912-2001).

Pomerance stood apart from the mainstream of post-war British art. Throughout her life the artist experienced spiritual visions, which informed her dreamlike iconography and complex narratives. Building on the work of nineteenth-century visionaries such as William Blake, her unique style foreshadowed the flowing imagery of 1960s psychedelia. Pomerance's mystical faith was central to her work, and this exhibition explores her response to questions of evil and redemption. For more information, visit our page.

Chuck Close Tapestries - 30 June to 30 September 2017


Dramatic black and white portrait tapestries by American photorealist artist Chuck Close will be exhibited in a religious setting for the first time this summer when they will be hung from the historic walls of St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw in Durham.


Marking the artist’s first solo show in the North of England, Chuck Close Tapestries will be the first contemporary art installation to be displayed in the ornately designed chapel. Six 2-metre tall tapestries from Chuck Close, who is renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face, will become a part of the congregation, including a portrait of former US President Barack Obama that has never before been exhibited in the UK. For more information, visit our page.


The Ushaw Poets Exhibition

A celebration of some our finest alumni who went on to become published poets. Focusing on Francis Thompson, author of the beautifully written and successful 'Hound of Heaven', the exhibition details the lives and works of our distinguished authors. For more information, visit our page.

Secret Faith

Ushaw currently houses an exhibition an exhibition displaying items and stories of those Catholics who were persecuted and oppressed by the times in which they lives. Those who practiced their faith in secret left behind objects and tales of their lives that we, an organisation that used to prepare young men for priesthood in the Catholic faith, are proud to display. 

For more information, visit our page.

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