News & Exhibitions

News, Exhibitions and Commissions

Durham University's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Views and Vistas of Durham: Perspectives of a World Heritage Site. Workshop held 1st of February 2020.

Stuart was truly thrilled to be invited to speak at a one day workshop held in Dunelm House in Durham CIty. It's aim was to explore the views and vistas of Durham, both past and present, looking at how the city has physically changed and developed over time and how these changes have been represented by artists past and present. Stuart was among a highly distinguished line up of speakers including Dennis Rodwell, Architectural  Adviser to UNESCO, Dr Adrian Green, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Durham University, Prof Douglas Pocock, author and Secretary of The City of Durham Trust, Martin Roberts Architect and author and Jane Gibson, Durham City World Heritage Site Co-Ordinator. Stuart would like to offer his special thanks to Prof Ludmilla Jordanova, former trustee of The National Portrait Gallery, Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, who effortlessly conducted the hour long interview examining the nuts and bolts of being a present day artists and especially one specialising in the production of architectural landscape depictions of Durham City.

Durham City World Heritage Site Visitor Centre Exhibition October 2019

Special thanks to the wonderful Jo Shoebridge at Durham City World Heritage Visitor Centre on Owengate for helping to make my second exhibition in this excellent venue a great success. Sad to be informed that the centre won't be available for such exhibitions after this year. Nevertheless, It's been a great honour to have been invited twice.

Commissioned Painting of The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham North Norfolk

The Anglican Shrine at Walsingham is of global importance to the Anglican Church. The painting featuring the Shrine Church and Gardens, was commissioned in 2017 by the Shrine Priest Administrator Fr Kevin Smith. It is now on permanent display after being officially unveiled during a meeting of the Shrine Guardians in April 2018. Stuart was greatly moved by the enthusiastic response of all attending and as such would like to offer his heartfelt thanks for the kindest of commendations and special thanks to Shrine Administrator Fr Kevin Smith, Philip North, Bishop of Burnley and Master of The Shrine Guardians and Mr John Booth, Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex and Chair of the Pallent House Gallery. Beautifully mounted prints of the painting are on sale from the shrine shop or via the shrine shop website at 14/6/18.

Durham City World Heritage Site Visitor Centre Exhibition October 2017

Thanks to all at the Visitor Centre on Owengate for helping to make my first exhibition in this excellent venue a great success and for a reserved slot for a return exhibition in October 2019.

Durham Cathedral Chorister School 600th Anniversary Painting

Many thanks to Head Teacher Yvette Day, for the commissioning of an original portrait of Durham Cathedral's world famous Chorister School, in order to celebrate 600 years since it's official incorporation. It is planned that the recent high profile visit to the school by the Duchess of Wessex, will be followed by a rolling programme of events in celebration of this milestone, which will include the issue of a limited edition of 100 mounted and signed prints of the painting. Expressions of interest in these prints, may be recorded by emailing Stuart at, or Yvette's P.A Christine Wright at 28/04/2016.

Durham Cathedral Exhibition 2016

Stuart's fifth exhibition entitled Adventures in Architecture, will be held in the Cathedral's Undercroft Restaurant and will be open to visitors for two months from Friday 2nd of September until Thursday 27th of October. The private view for the event will take place on Thursday 1st of September from 6.30 until 8.00pm and will be by invitation via the Chapter Office. Expressions of interest may be made by contacting Stuart via this website. This new collection will include among other highlights, paintings depicting Durham, Siena, Prague, Venice and London. All works will be available for collection on day of purchase. 28/04/2016

Mostly Durham, A book of watercolour paintings and pen and wash drawings by Stuart Fisher

This Stuart's first book, has been produced in collaberation with Sacristy Press and is scheduled to be in the shops and for sale on line this summer. This hardbacked first edition, will contain 75 beautiful paintings and drawings, including a forward by The Dean of Durham Cathedral, The Very Reverent, Michael Sadgrove. The book will retail for £25 per copy and will be on sale from all good retailers, including, Waterstones, The Art Shop and Kemble Gallery, Durham Cathedral Shop, Durham University and Amazon. Art enthusiasts and collectors wishing to aquire what is sure to be a much sought after publication, can order signed copies from the Limited Edition Prints section of this website, for £25 per copy including UK postage. Unsigned copies, are available from Sacristy Press at, (conditions apply). 21/08/2015

Durham Cathedral Exhibition 2014

Stuart is pleased to announce that his fourth consecutive exhibition will be held in the Cathedral Galilee Chapel from 2nd until the 31st of October. The launch night for the event on the 1st of October, will be by invitation via the Chapter Office. Expressions of interest may be made by contacting Stuart via this website. The work will include a number of striking sepia and black ink drawings depicting the architectural heritage of Durham City and Stuart's atmospheric trademark depictions of the Cathedral and its environs together with iconic views of Venice and Rome . The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Leo Armitage who sadly died in January of this year and who was a constant source of encouragement to Stuart and all those he met. All works will be available for purchase. 31/08/2014

Durham School Exhibition 2013

Many thanks to St James's Place Wealth Management who graciously asked Stuart to participate in thanking 50 or so of their clients by carrying out 3 presentations of his work in the ancient and auspicious setting of Durham School on November the 28th. A total of 26 paintings were exhibited for sale in the Great Hall and Stuart's presentations included an explanation of techniques used to produce 'The Miner's Cathedral' which together with 'And Day Became Night' were made available for the evening, by Rev Kevin Smith and Martin Colborn respectively. 18/12/2013

Durham Cathedral Exhibition 2013

This years exhibition will be held in the Cathedral from Saturday the 31st of August until Monday the 30th of September. All works will be available for purchase. 09/08/2013

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2013.

Stuart has been shortlisted as a finalist in this years Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. The competition now in it's 26th year, is the most prestigious in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe. With a total prizemoney of £18,000, it is hugely popular with art lovers and with the readers of the Sunday Times and rewards excellence and originality in the medium of watercolour. Stuart's painting entitled 'When Day Became Night' will be on show and available to purchase in Stuart's September Durham Cathedral exhibition. 26/06/2013

St Mary's Church Horden Centenary

Many thanks to Father Kevin Smith and the Church Council for commissioning an original painting of Horden St Mary's, County Durham to celebrate 100 years since the consecration of the church. The painting will be unveiled at a special ceremony to be held on April the 26th of this year when a limited edition of 50 signed and framed prints will be made available to purchase, all proceeds from the sale going to the St Mary's. Expressions of interest in these prints may be recorded by emailing Stuart at 25/03/2013.

Sunderland Echo Feature, Centenary Celebration.

Thanks once again to the Sunderland Echo and Sarah Stoner for publicising the Centenary Celebrations of Horden St Mary's Church which was marked by a commissioned painting entitled The Miners Cathedral. 28/03/2013

Horden Centenary Celebrations April 26th 2013.

St Mary's Horden was packed with parishoners and members of the clergy to witness a solemn mass of thanksgiving for the 100th anniversary of the church's dedication in 1913. The one and a half hour service was led by Father Kevin Smith, Vicar of Horden with a homily by The Rt Rev'd and Rt Hon Lord Hope of Thornes, former Archbishop of York. The bishops of Jarrow and Beverley were also noteable in attendance and it was they who to rapturous applause, unveiled stuart's painting of St Mary's entitled 'The Miners Cathedral' in the nearbye Miners Wellfare Hall after the completion of the service. The painting will be on temporary display within the church until the new year after which it will be permanently housed within the church hall on completion of a planned half million pound refurbishment. 28/03/2013

Sunderland Echo Feature.

Many thanks to the Sunderland Echo for the two page special Stuart's Brush with Greatness. A special thank you to the Echo's Alison Goulding for a terrific piece of journalism. 27/02/2013

2012 Christmas Exhibition

Stuart would like to thank all who attended and bought original works and prints during this years Christmas Cathedral exhibition with special thanks going once again to Charlotte Rowbotham for arranging the event to coincide with the opening of the spectacular new Cathedral shop by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. 17/02/2013

2012 Christmas Exhibition

Once again Stuart is delighted to announce that an exhibition of new work will be held during the month of November in Durham Cathedrals Undercroft Restaurant. The exhibition will coincide with the opening of a new Cathedral shop and the release of a charity cd by the Choir of University College Durham featuring one of Stuart's paintings as the cover art. Please check the Cathedral's web site for details. 25/07/2012

The Kemble Gallery

An exhibition of some of the remaining paintings from the Cathedral exhibition is to be held at The Kemble Gallery and Art Shop, Saddler Street, Durham City. Details will be available on this site when available. 27/02/2012.

Cathedral Exhibition

Stuart would like to give his heartfelt thanks to the many people who attended the exhibition which was eventually extended until February 22nd 2012. He reserves a special thank you to those who bought original works and prints and for the kind words he received from visitors and patrons of the restaurant alike. He would further wish to convey his thanks to the Cathedral authorities for the opportunity to exhibit and in particular to Charlotte Rowbotham of the Chapter Office who organised the event. 27/02/2012.

Durham Cathedral Exhibition

Following an enquiry from the offices of Durham Cathedral, Stuart is delighted to announce the ongoing preparation of a number of significant new works to be exhibited in the Cathedral Restaurant. The exhibition will run from the 2nd until the 31st of December 2011, with images posted on this website as soon as possible.

The Kemble Gallery in Durham City

The opening night which was held on August the 27th 2010 proved to be a huge success almost half the paintings, primarily views of Durham it’s Cathedral and Castle, being sold.

The event was particularly well attended despite the gallery being somewhat small, with over 60 people braving the crush. The outgoing Bishop of Durham and University Chancellor Bill Bryson were unfortunately unable to attend because of prior commitments but notable was the presence of the City M. P. Roberta Blackman Woods an avid exhibition buff who graciously described Stuart as a modern day Turner. The event was also attended by Architect Royston Thomas the most eminent architectural photographer in the region and Architect Alex Henderson M.B.E. and member of the R.I.B.A.'s Architect's Benevolent Society to name but a few.