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Indoor Market Gains Fresco Wall


Students from Durham University’s Student Community Action (SCA) have been donating their skills and free time to the community to help transform a blank wall in Durham Indoor Market into a local ‘Sistine Chapel’.


At the request of Durham Markets Company, members of the SCA have designed and painted an exclusive fresco of Durham City in the middle of Durham Indoor Market.


The aim was to brighten up the passageway in the centre of the Indoor Market between Crafty Nook and Andersons of Durham, underneath Café Cenno. Having contacted the SCA, they were only too happy to help.


“Having put out the request for volunteers among our members, we were amazed at the extraordinary artistic talents that we uncovered and the enormous level of interest in the project. The resulting fresco has been designed by Julianna Smith from Jon Snow College. Over the last two weeks, she and a team of four other student painters have been working steadily to create a view that captures the very best of what Durham is about.”



Famous landmarks contained within the fresco include the Durham Miners Association building, Framwelgate Bridge, Durham Cathedral, the band stand and the Market Place. Its charming details include a boatman on the river, a Market trader, buskers, pedestrians and the Prince Bishops River Cruiser - a typical everyday scene.


“This is an excellent illustration of what can be achieved when retailers and students work together for the good of the community,” comments Chairman of Durham Markets Company Frank Nicholson. “The fresco is a huge success and already making quite a name for itself within the local community – perhaps it will become a tourist attraction in its own right! We’re very happy with the end result and would like to thank SCA very much indeed for their help in bringing it to fruition.”


Student Community Action is always looking for new organisations to work with to offer even more opportunities to Durham students. The organisation currently has around 500 active volunteers, with many more signed up to receive the weekly email newsletter. Anyone with a suitable project that they would like the SCA to help with should contact the SCA Office on 0191 334 1797.



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Members of the SCA and Durham Markets Company Chairman Frank Nicholson with the new fresco.


Left to right: Fresco designer Julianna Smith, Amanda Dummelow, Louise Hopkins, Durham Markets Company Chairman Frank Nicholson, Martin Harrop and SCA Manager Vicky Ridley.