Gala Gallery is located within the Gala Theatre, in the centre of Durham. 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.
Coextension: An Artist Teacher Exhibition
Saturday 24 March – Wednesday 11 April
This New College Durham exhibition aims to raise awareness of the creative practice that art educators independently, or collectively, engage in. It is centred on providing a platform on which to present both creative exploration and definitive outcomes by those teaching art in County Durham.
Graphics Further Education (FE) Final Show
Thursday 19 April – Wednesday 25 April
Our second New College Durham exhibition.
Art Further Education (FE) Final Show
Thursday 3 May – Wednesday 9 May
Our third New College Durham exhibition.
Sunday 20 May – Sunday 17 June
Durham County Council is offering a visual arts commission to create a new temporary, site responsive work in any media for exhibition in the new Gala Gallery space from 20 May to 17 June 2018. Proposals for artworks and installations should be site responsive and temporary and explore the context of Gala Theatre and Cinema.
Find out more about Gala Open, or download the Gala Open details and application form.docx. Please be aware of our privacy statement. Proposals should be submitted via email to GalaGallery@durham.gov.uk by 9 March 2018 5.00pm.
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.