Where to experience a world of art during your stay at University Arms, Cambridge.
We’re all art and about at University Arms this month, as we apply the finishing touches to our pop-up art fair, “In the Frame”, which takes place on the 26th and 27th August, in the hotel Ballroom, and celebrates artists from East Anglia. Click our “Picture of the Week” for a flavour of the mood.
You’ll want to add these Cambridge destinations to your ‘art-inerary’ too, which are all favourites of our cultural curation team and all just a short walk from the hotel front door:
Vessels with verve
Just across the road from us, The Heong Gallery at Downing College is showing “Of the Earth: Contemporary Ceramics and Glass”. The Heong opened just five years ago as a new exhibition space for modern and contemporary art, and has transformed a former derelict Edwardian stable block into a peaceful pavilion for thought-provoking pieces. Visit www.dow.cam.ac.uk for more details.
The Fitzwilliam Museum presents a true history of the world in half-a-million objects, and is a justly beloved Cambridge institution. Alongside gems from the permanent collection, temporary exhibits this August include “Don’t Wash Your Hands” – an intriguing display of ancient Syrian figurines set against a contemporary artist’s response, carved out of soap (!); “Scent from Nature: Beauty’s Botanical Origins”, with beautiful watercolours of the flora used in classic creams and perfumes; and “Women, Makers and Muses”, highlighting the oft-neglected work of female artists throughout history and across the globe.Visit www.fitzwmuseum.cam.ac.uk for more.
At home with art
Kettle’s Yard, which opened in 2018 as the University of Cambridge’s gallery of modern and contemporary art, is quite simply a truly special place. The former home of Jim Ede and his wife, Helen, it is filled with artworks by world-renowned artists who Jim met while serving as curator at the Tate Gallery in London in the 1920s and 30s – including Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miró, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Kettle’s Yard also hosts exhibitions of today’s artists, and this month features “Untitled: Art on the Conditions of our Time”, an exhibition by 10 British African diaspora artists. Referencing the art-historical convention of leaving artworks “Untitled” to encourage attention onto the works themselves, the exhibition has paintings, drawings, prints, performance, video and sound installation. Visit www.kettlesyard.co.uk for more.
August sees the reopening of the gallery at Murray Edwards College, The New Hall Art Collection. This is a permanent collection of more than 500 modern and contemporary artworks in a diverse range of media and styles by women at the college as well as gifts and loans from such notable artists and alumnae as Dame Paula Rego, Maggi Hambling, Lubaina Himid and Judy Chicago. Visit www.art.newhall.cam.ac.uk for details.
Until 4th September, as you amble around town you will notice “Cows About Cambridge” – an installation of more than 90 individually designed cow sculptures, half of which are decorated by artists and the rest by schools and “cow-munity” groups. Two of these fantastic Cambridge Cows are just outside the hotel itself, with one even under our Porte Cochere! You can download the trail map at www.cowsaboutcambridge.co.uk.