'The Clearing' by Chris Younger at Durham's newest arts festival - 4th – 17th June

ART DURHAM is a new and vibrant visual arts festival jointly organised by Durham University and Durham County Council. Along with Durham Festival of the Arts and DJazz, ART DURHAM celebrates Durham’s music, theatre and visual arts scene with exhibitions, events and workshops across the city throughout June.

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Durham based photographer Chris Younger will be taking over an empty retail store in the heart of Durham city centre with his new exhibition The Clearing. Younger invites us to consider the experience of being human. The Clearing is a space where we can reflect on our sense of self, ideas, and experiences. In The Clearing we build our understanding of ourselves, others and the world.

 Image from the series  The Clearing  by Chris Younger

Image from the series The Clearing by Chris Younger

The Clearing began as a response to the difficulties the artist felt in talking about his photography to others. This developed into an exploration of deeper anxieties regarding integrity, authenticity and self.

The Clearing draws inspiration from the work of German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Most influentially his notion of our anxieties arising from the conflict of being in the world and being with others.

The exhibition runs from 4th – 17th June in the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, located on Durham’s historic peninsula, only a few minutes walk from Durham Cathedral. Entry is free.


Chris Younger (b. 1981, Newcastle) is an artist, photographer and filmmaker living in rural Durham, UK. He recently completed a Masters degree (with distinction) in Photography at the University of Sunderland and is currently artist-in-residence at Durham University's Josephine Butler College.

He uses landscape photography to explore the interactions between people, places and nature over time. His highly autobiographical work analyses formal notions of landscape through the filter of his own experiences.

We have prints from The Clearing available in the Photograd Shop!