Women in Art at Cambridge Colleges

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To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the first women undergraduates at Downing College, The Heong Gallery presents an exhibition of works by and of women in college art collections in Cambridge over the last 100 years.

WE ARE HERE (6 March - 24 May 2020) charts the appearance of women on the walls of Cambridge Colleges, sometimes well before they appeared in the halls as full members.

From an eighteenth-century Gainsborough portrait of Lady Margaret Downing to contemporary works, the exhibition tells the stories of women's journey towards full participation in college and university life through their increasing representation in college art collections.

Participating colleges include Churchill, Darwin, Downing, Girton, Jesus, King’s, Murray Edwards, and Newnham.

Artists include Elisabeth Frink, Lubaina Himid, Claerwen James, Mary Kelly, Juliette Losq, Melanie Manchot, Louise Nevelson, Winifred Nicholson, Ciara Phillips, Gwen Raverat, Sophie Seita, and Alison Wilding.