Peter Scott Gallery

Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University
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Lancaster’s Peter Scott Gallery presents a varied programme of temporary exhibitions and associated talks. Admission is free of charge and everyone is welcome. The art gallery holds the most significant collection of Royal Lancastrian ceramics in Britain, which is on permanent display in the John Chambers Ceramics Room.

The gallery houses Lancaster University’s international art collection, which includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, works by twentieth century British artists and prints by significant European artists such as Dürer, Miró, Ernst and Vasarely.

The collection is not on permanent display but a number of works are shown every year as part of changing exhibitions. Please contact the gallery for information about works currently on display or to view items by appointment.

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Opening hours

The Peter Scott Gallery is open during exhibitions Monday to Friday, 11am – 5pm and Saturday 11am – 4pm. The gallery is also open on the evening of performances within the Nuffield Theatre or concerts within the Great Hall. Call 01524 593057 for more information or visit

Admission charges

Admission Free.

Additional info

Parking on site available (Weekdays - free after 6pm. Weekends - free all day)

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gallery installation image of Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time

Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time

  • 13 October 2017 4-6pm
  • 16 October — 10 November 2017

Beth Harland (UK) | Laura Lisbon (US) | David Thomas (AU) | Ian Woo (SG)

Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time is an experimental exhibition and collaborative project by four contemporary painters. The artists will work together in the gallery, responding to the space and reacting to each other to create an immersive installation.

This is the third staging of the project following presentations in Australia and Singapore. Each iteration investigates the relationship between the pictorial and spatial qualities of painting within architectural space. Working in a range of materials and media Impermanent Durations deals with transience and how painting can offer a site-sensitive experience of time.

Join us to open the exhibition on 13 October with a Panel Discussion from 4pm, and evening event from 5.30pm celebrating the publication of a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Painting.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Tuesday Talks

  • 17 October 2017 1-2pm
  • 24 October 2017 1-2pm
  • 31 October 2017 1-2pm
  • 7 November 2017 1-2pm
  • 14 November 2017 1-2pm
  • 21 November 2017 1-2pm

OCT 17 - Kathryn Elkin
OCT 24 - Juneau Projects
OCT 31 - Kate Owens
NOV 7 - Gemma Anderson
NOV 14 - Ian Hartshorne
NOV 21 - Jill Gibbons

Presented in collaboration with Lancaster University’s
Fine Art Department, our Tuesday Talks programme
invites artists, thinkers and curators to explore an
aspect of their practice in a lunch-hour.

Visiting speakers shape the form of their talk, so expect
anything from discussion of a current interest to a live

For more information on the artists and their talk visit
our website.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 18+
  • 16-17
Image of example sketchbooks from the event

Sketch 2017

  • 20 November — 15 December 2017
  • 22 November 2017 6:30-8pm

The sketchbook is a place for impossible experiments alongside the ordinary and observed.

With 100 artists' sketchbooks to handle and explore, this exhibition is a journey through the diversity of drawing and the sketchbook itself, and an invitation into the most intimate studio space of the artist.

Originated by Rably Drawing Centre in 2005, Sketch is a biennial touring exhibition of artists' sketchbooks, selected from an international open call. The 2017 edition was selected by Tom Hammick (painter and printer), Peter Randell-Page RA (sculptor), and Gill Saunders (Senior Curator (Prints), Word & Image Dept., V&A Museum).

We’ll take the experience and possibilities of the sketchbook further through other activities and displays, including work influenced by Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals by Sarah Corbett and Zoe Benbow made through collaboration with Lancaster University English Department and the Wordsworth Trust.

Join us on 22 November for the exhibition opening, where we'll announce the winner of a Lancaster Arts Sketch commission.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Peter Scott Gallery
Lancaster Arts
Lancaster University




01524 593057


01524 592603

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