About the Collection

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

The Collection, which was founded in 1986 with the acquisition 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, Cornelia Parker RA, Sandra Blow RA, Lubaina Himid and Judy Chicago – and is considered to be one of the largest and most significant collections of contemporary art by women in the world.

On 7 March 2018, the New Hall Art Collection received accreditation from the Arts Council England.  Accreditation recognises the quality of the Collection and the professionalism with which it is managed, putting it on a level with major galleries throughout the UK.

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

The Collection is open to visitors throughout the year and many of the works are on display to the public.  A self-guided tour is available from the Porters’ Lodge.

Exhibitions and Events

We have a series of talks, lectures and screenings – please see the Exhibitions and Events page for more information.