Gala Gallery is located within the Gala Theatre, next to the box office. It shows changing exhibitions of modern and contemporary art by regional, national and international artists which make associations with the context of the theatre programme. Read about our forthcoming exhibitions below.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00am-8.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm-8.30pm.
Animating With Scissors
Our Community Arts Team commissioned film maker and animator Sheryl Jenkins to work on a six week creative project with St. Margaret’s Centre in Durham – a support centre for adults suffering from a wide range of mental health issues, aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of the community through various recovery activities.
Sheryl and the group used the Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibition at Gala Gallery and Gala’s production of Talking Heads to explore ideas about self-expression, colour and texture.
These four short animations bring together the drawings and poetry created by service users at the centre.
For further information on community participation projects, contact GalaGallery@durham.gov.uk.
Sunday 20 May – Sunday 17 June
Gala Open is an exciting new visual arts commission to create a temporary site specific work responding to the context of Gala Theatre. The commission has been awarded to County Durham artist Betty Barnet Brown, who will create a theatrical fabric based installation.
Come along to a drop-in workshop on Tuesday 12 June. See our classes & workshops page for more details.
Visual Arts Festival
Durham County Council and Durham University are working together to develop a new two week contemporary visual arts festival, Art Durham from 5 to 17 June 2018. The festival will feature a pop-up Outdoor Selling Art Exhibition along the riverside below Millennium Place on 16 and 17 June.
We are inviting artists from across the North East to apply to be part of the Outdoor Art Exhibition, exhibiting original artwork that will be available for sale.
Please complete the application below and send it together with up to four images of your work by email to GalaGallery@durham.gov.uk by 30 April 2018 5.00pm.
- Outdoor Art Exhibition Application Form (Word Document, 186kb)
Lee Miller at Farley Farm
Sunday 24 June – Sunday 2 September
Lee Miller was one of the most remarkable photographers of the twentieth century. This selection of images reveals her everyday life with her husband Roland Penrose at Farleys where they entertained their many famous friends. Here also she eventually recovered from the traumatic years of World War 2 during which she produced some of her most important and challenging work. This selection of photographs includes images of Max Ernst, André Masson, Man Ray, Paul Eluard and Pablo Picasso in a Farley Arts Trust touring exhibition. Further information about Lee Miller at Farley Farm.
Claude Cahun – Beneath This Mask
Saturday 8 September – Sunday 11 November
This Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition features the work of French female photographer Claude Cahun (1894–1954), whose practice investigates gender and identity. Cahun achieved posthumous fame for her elusive self-portraits in which she assumed multiple personae. The exhibition contains 42 contemporary giclee prints made from scans of Cahun’s original photographic self-portraits, as the majority of the negatives have been lost. Further information about Claude Cahun – Beneath This Mask.