About the Collection

The New Hall Art Collection is a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art by women at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. The largest of its kind in Europe, the Collection is on display across the iconic College, designed by Chamberlin, Bon and Powell in 1962 as a manifesto for the education of women.

The Collection was founded in 1986 with the acquisition of Mary Kelly’s six-part work Extase  and has evolved through gifts and loans from artists and alumnae. Today it includes over five hundred works by leading international artists including Dame Paula RegoMaggi Hambling CBE, Lubaina Himid CBE and Judy Chicago.

The New Hall Art Collection received accreditation from Arts Council England in 2018.

The Collection is publicly accessible and free to visit. We are reopening on Monday 2 August 2021 and look forward to welcoming you back. We have limited daily tickets and timed entry. See our events and exhibitions page for more information on our public programme.

Find out more by watching this newly commissioned film that covers the extraordinary architecture of Murray Edwards College and the unique history of the New Hall Art Collection.