Encouraging Public Engagement

By Bryony Duff, Creative Vice President

When we first started thinking about how we were going to further push the boundaries this year’s show, we discussed how we could use art in a proactive way to visually bring attention to the 2018 theme of social and political revolution.

 Photography credit: Alasdair Harriss

Photography credit: Alasdair Harriss

At first we thought of the way that everyday spaces, like our streets could be turned into spaces of creative protest. We looked at the work of politically motivated street artists such as Banksy, who as well as encouraging people to think about the deeper message of the artwork, embraces the optional lighter excitement that pop-up art brings to people, in spaces that would otherwise be unnoticed.

 Lee Ferry,   Custom Artwerk Bespoke Artwork and Murals    Photography credit: Alasdair Harriss

Lee Ferry, Custom Artwerk Bespoke Artwork and Murals

Photography credit: Alasdair Harriss

Our street art encourages public engagement with the work, as the onlooker feels as though they too make up part of the sprawling abstract crowd in the foreground. As do the mass of heads, we look on to the show. 

This expression of art and creativity is something that has never been done before by DUCFS. We hope that this piece will demonstrate to the students of Durham University and the local community that art can break boundaries, be a force for positivity and be something inclusive too that every member of our community can enjoy.

We hope that this new and exciting street art builds your excitement as much as it has ours for what the 2018 show has in store. 

 Photography credit: Alasdair Harriss

Photography credit: Alasdair Harriss

Our creative vision was brought to life on 10 November 2017 on the side of the Three Tuns Hotel on New Elvet. Thanks to Morgan Douglas and Lee Ferry at Custom Artwerk Bespoke Artwork and Murals for helping DUCFS bring the first-ever society street art to the Durham community. Morgan Douglas and Lee Ferry have both been very supportive of this year’s chosen charity, Mind.

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