Dead Dog Gallery is an exhibition and residency space within Durham Sixth Form Centre, in Durham city centre. The centre currently has over 1800 students in the 16 – 19 age range studying A Level and BTEC courses, and also offers Level 4 Foundation in Art and Design.

Durham Sixth Form Centre’s Arts and Media Faculty offers an extensive range of A Levels and L3 equivalent courses across visual, performing, media and written arts. It also runs and participates in public events such as The Big Draw, Debating Matters and Lumiere. It maintains strong relationships with cultural organisations and runs Durham County Council’s Secondary Art Teacher Network. Through this arts advocacy work, students and colleagues from our own centre and beyond engage in the opportunities available. 

The centre’s artist in residence programme, under the banner of Dead Dog Gallery, builds on the experience it has gained through an initial pilot. It aims to support emerging artists as well as those with a more resolved practice. Developing sector skills within an educational context, Dead Dog Gallery works to support these emerging artists in their professional progression by giving access to a supportive, well-resourced space, outlining a bespoke project, supporting public exhibition and facilitating opportunities to engage with our wider network and professional development training events.  

Students gain greatly from the opportunity to engage with resident artists. Aside from the mentoring, inspiration and specialist knowledge residents bring, the programme raises aspirations and spotlights viable careers within the arts — with the result that students themselves model the ambitions and successes of the artists. For artists, the evolving residency programme seeks creative ways to support emerging and established artists eager to engage with, and develop their practice, within an educational institution.