About the Collection

The New Hall Art Collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art by women at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

The Collection, which was founded in 1986 with the purchase of Mary Kelly’s six-part work Extase, has evolved through gifts and loans from artists and alumnae and today includes over five hundred works by artists of international quality and renown – including Dame Paula Rego, Maggi Hambling CBE and Judy Chicago – and is now considered to be one of the largest and most significant collections of contemporary art by women in the world.

The Collection’s home at Murray Edwards College is very fitting; the College is focused on women’s learning and its 1960s experimental architecture lends itself well to a Collection of contemporary art.  It aims to inspire those who live and work in Murray Edwards College to consider the place of art in their every-day lived experience.