Durham University has spend almost £1.5m on art, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Palatinate report:

The University has spent £1.4 million purchasing and installing works of art as part of the £60 million Gateway development programme, which includes the new Palatine Centre and Law School.

This figure is nearly five times the original budget of £294,000.

The expense was slammed a “total disgrace” by Archie Dallas, Durham Students’ Union President, who commented: “I can’t believe that the University think it’s appropriate to blow that much money on art.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.