WE ARE HERE: Women in Art at Cambridge Colleges

The Heong Gallery will reopen by PRE-BOOKING ONLY to give you a chance to see WE ARE HERE: WOMEN IN ART AT CAMBRIDGE COLLEGES before the exhibition ends on 23 August 2020.

Open Saturdays and Sundays only, from Saturday 8 August 2020. Free. 


  1. Entrance will be to the Gallery only. Visitors are not permitted to enter other parts of Downing College.
  2. You must arrive within half an hour of the start time of your booked time slot.
  3. Groups of more than 3 people are not permitted.
  4. Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times while in the Gallery.
  5. Contact details must be provided for Track and Trace purposes upon entering the Gallery. Details will only be used in case of a confirmed infection.
  6. Visitors must use hand sanitiser provided upon entering the Gallery.
  7. Visitors must keep 2 metres apart. Floor signs will be in place to help judge distance.
  8. A one-way system will be in operation throughout the Gallery.
  9. There are no toilet facilities for visitors.

Register for timed-entry tickets here.

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We look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery when it is safe for us to meet again.

Watch the virtual tour


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.