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    "...the New Hall Art Collection must be one of the most interesting in the country." Matthew Riesz, Times Higher Educational Supplement, July 2015

    Meet the curator 

    Eliza Gluckman is Curator of the New Hall Art Collection, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art by women artists in Europe.  Eliza studied Fine Art at Edinburgh University and has an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art where she developed a specialised knowledge of South East Asian contemporary art. She has worked at the RSA, Parasol Unit and Asia House and has written in various publications including Art Review, Art Asia Pacific and the Guardian online. Eliza initiated and produced the Sinopticon project, exploring chinoiserie and contemporary art, working with the Victoria & Albert Museum and National Trust. Over the past eight years, Eliza has worked in a freelance capacity with Lucy Day as Day+Gluckman and is currently running a long-term project called A Woman’s Place looking at heritage, female equality and contemporary art. She is a Trustee for an Artist-run space Block 336 in Brixton, London and is on the Public Art Advisory Panel for North West Cambridge Development. (Image credit: Richard Cannon). 

    The New Hall Art Collection is a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art by women artists. Paintings, prints and sculpture are displayed throughout Murray Edwards College.  

    On public display are works by Mary Kelly, given to us after her time as Artist-in Resident at New Hall and Kettle’s Yard in 1986; Sandra Blow, Anthea Alley, Paula Rego, Evelyn Williams, Lubaina Himid, Vanessa Jackson and Maggie Hambling. All these housed in just one of our many public spaces, the iconic Dome, a Brutalist beauty only 200 metres from the currently closed Kettle’s Yard.  Other works include significant pieces by Elisabeth Frink, Elizabeth Blackadder, Barbara Rae and Anne Redpath. In our gardens you can see works by Barbara Hepworth, Naomi Press and Nicola Hicks. This is just a snapshot of the works that create this unique collection and tell a significant story about women artists. 

    The Collection has come about as the result of many generous gifts and loans from artists and donors. With over 450 artworks by women artists, the New Hall Art Collection is regarded as the most significant of its kind in Europe.

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    Current Exhibitions & Events

    Elisabeth Vellacott: Figures in the Landscape

    2 November 2016 – 15 January 2017

    The New Hall Art Collection is collaborating with Kettle’s Yard to celebrate their 50 years as part of the University. This display draws together rarely seen drawings and paintings by Vellacott from Kettle’s Yard’s Collection and loans from the Arts Council Collection. The exhibition is the first to focus on Vellacott’s imaginative portrayal of the figure in her landscapes.

    A newly commissioned text by William J Simmons, a PhD candidate at The City University of New York, will accompany the display.

    Kettle’s Yard’s Collection includes twenty-six works on paper by Elisabeth Vellacott. Vellacott was a founder member of the Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptors in 1954. She met Jim Ede, the creator of Kettle’s Yard in the late 1950s and, soon after, he began to acquire her work. Vellacott exhibited her delicately executed drawings and paintings regularly in London during her lifetime. Two retrospective exhibitions were held at Kettle’s Yard in 1981 and 1995.

    Curated by Guy Haywood, Kettle’s Yard and Eliza Gluckman, New Hall Art Collection


    CJ Mahoney: These restless objects

    28th September 2016 - 13th February 2017

    Artist CJ Mahony uses the iconic architecture of Murray Edwards College to present works that combine sculpture, drawing and technology. 

    'These restless objects' is part of Mahony’s ongoing investigation as a maker of objects, into the shifting meaning of a sculpture or drawing, what she calls ‘my wrangling with the triangulation of object, subject and image’. This element of tension is a significant aspect of her installation works, in which viewers are often challenged to traverse unfamiliar and confined spaces. Operating at a similar scale, the partitions in the stairwell invite the audience to look in, walk through to their inner space. The enquiring, active gaze is crucial to Mahony’s approach, as is the acceptance of the temporality that characterises much of her work. A resistance to permanence and emphasis on direct experience pushes back against our tendency to fix and commodify the art object. This commitment to restlessness is both a foundation of the work, and an invitation to the viewer to consider the ‘tensions, forces and hidden powers’ that are present in all objects, and in themselves.

    You can see more of the exhibition using the Augmented Reality app –
    Android: Open the Google Play store on your phone
    iPhone: Open the app store on your phone
    Search for ‘Restless Objects’ > Download app > Open app > Hold your phone up in front of the image


    Find out more

    Further information about the Collection can be found on the New Hall Art Collection website. If you can't visit the collection in person, you can buy the catalogue from our online shop.

    A selection of works in the New Hall Art Collection