Dr Susan Lintott is appointed Director of The Heong Gallery

Downing College is pleased to announce that Dr Susan Lintott, is returning to College as Director of The Heong Gallery. After serving as Senior Bursar for twenty-three years, Susan retired at the end of September 2020. Despite the demands of her former role, Susan recognised the potential for student enrichment, community relations, and alumni development that a bespoke Gallery in College could bring.

The opportunity presented itself when College was embarking on an ambitious building project for new graduate accommodation, for which a substantial public art contribution was required. It was decided to make a positive and long-term commitment to art in Cambridge by converting an Edwardian stable block into an airy and chapel-like modern art space by architects Caruso St John, a backdrop for fourteen major exhibitions and numerous arts events.

Susan returns to the Gallery she has nurtured from its earliest stages to assist with strategic planning for its future. She says, “With the help of our alumni and our Curator, Dr Prerona Prasad, the Heong has taken its place among the museums and galleries of Cambridge, where everyone is welcome.    But it’s as if the Gallery has always been here  - a place for students to explore connections to their academic studies, to escape, and to work.   Through the Gallery, the College engages our alumni and supporters in our shared endeavour.  The release from the duties of a bursar leaves time to enjoy the art on the walls of the Gallery and to help in the logistical and creative tasks of getting it there.”

Profile of Dr Susan Lintott on the Downing website.

Image: Dr Lintott picture with artist and Downing alum Sir Quentin Blake.


Published 26 November 2020.