University spends £1.4m on art

Durham University has bought work by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder for its new building, while raising tuition fees for students.

Pricey paintings on the walls at Durham University

Picasso next to a lift at Durham University's Palatine centre.
Picasso next to a lift at Durham University's Palatine centre. Credit: ITV news

More than £1m has been spent on artwork at Durham University.

Pieces by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder hang on the walls of buildings like the Palatine centre.

The University say developing collections is essential. Students say the money could be put to better use.

A wall of Alexander Calder art work on a 3rd floor mezzanine.
A wall of Alexander Calder art work on a 3rd floor mezzanine. Credit: ITV news
Andy Warhol paintings in the entrance to Durham Law school.
Andy Warhol paintings in the entrance to Durham Law school. Credit: ITV news

Durham Uni: "Spending money on art is essential"

A spokesman for Durham University said developing its collections of art was "essential".

Students have called it a disgrace that the university spent £1.4m on art while increasing tuition fees to £9,000 a year.

But the statement, released by the university, said:

“Durham University is a custodian of many fine treasures and developing our collections of graphic art and sculpture for public display was an essential part of the original concept for the Palatine Centre.

“Some of the artwork was commissioned and reflects the University’s academic strengths and the heritage of our region.

“The works that can now be viewed represent a rich and varied presentation of 20th and 21st century art.

“The University organises free guided tours and staff, students and the public are encouraged to come and enjoy it.”

– Spokesman, Durham University

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