Cambridge Clics with organisers, as Art Tours and green initiatives improve Colleges’ offer

Event organisers can now incorporate a private Art Tour at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge as part of their conference agendas.

The College is home to more than 450 modern and contemporary artworks by women artists – widely regarded as the most significant collection of its kind in Europe.

The New Hall Art Collection is located throughout the College and artworks feature in many of the meeting spaces and in the spectacular Dome dining hall.

The collection’s curator, Eliza Gluckman, says: “The New Hall Art Collection ranges from collage, painting and drawing to sculpture, film and photography…We have works by Maggi Hambling and Dame Paula Rego – both of whom are Honorary Fellows of the College – as well as works by Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres and Dame Elisabeth Frink.

Freya Vaughan, the College’s marketing and events officer adds: “Being able to offer our Art Tour to event organisers is adding significant value to their delegates’ visits to Cambridge. It gives a unique and inspiring atmosphere, enhancing many of the spaces used for events such as meetings, conferences and fine dining.”

The Art Tour costs £50 for gropus, a sum which is donated to the Art Collection.

Meanwhile, another Cambridge institution, is rolling out a set of green initiatives. Downing College. The College, which was presented with a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) in 2014, has incorporated environmental features in a range of new building projects. These include the installation of a solar-powered photovoltaic (Solar PV) array on the large room of Battcock Lodge.

Recent investment has been made in a Housewater system on-site, reducing ‘water miles’, with re-usable bottles, which can be filled with either still or sparkling filtered water.

A new Green Conferencing section has been launched on the College’s website, and it outlines ways in which event organisers can meet their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives by holding meetings and conferences at Downing. These include using the College’s sustainable facilities with the Howard Theatre and Howard Building, the use of seasonal organic ingredients sourced from suppliers located within a 50-mile radius and the encouragement of flora and fauna within the 20-acre grounds.

Jacqui Cressey, head of conference services (pictured with the conference team) said: “We see this as an ongoing campaign across many different areas of College life to ensure we continue not only to meet but surpass our green objectives.”

And, earlier this month, Cambridge’s Robinson College launched clic+ Club 2016, a series of seminars which has evolved from its clic+ 2014 and 2015 events.

The club will look to build on the initiative’s founding principles: Connect, Learn, Innovate and Communicate. Over the course of 2016/2017, clic+ Club will focus on ‘The 5 Steps to Successful Events’, developed from the feedback of clic+ attendees.

This year, clic+ Club will host three events in the Crausaz Wordsworth Building, Robinson College, Cambridge, with further dates for 2017 to be confirmed:

Event Research, 20 May 2016, will explore how to commence research for an event and influencing factors to consider. Confirmed speakers include Jackie Mulligan, director of enterprise and principal lecturer, UK Centre for Events Management, Leeds Beckett University.

Event Planning, 7 July 2016: A seminar which tackles the planning process head-on. Confirmed speakers include, Susan Heaton-Wright, creative director, Viva Live Music.

Event Creation, 21 October 2016: Ben Cole, director of Inspired will focus on content creation, key messaging and desired outcomes.

All events within clic+ Club come as part of a membership package for organisers.

Commenting on the club’s foundation, Nick Milne, conference and catering manager at Robinson College said: “Clic+ Club is the natural evolution of this brand. From the first event in 2014 onwards it has been our intention to bring the meetings and event industry together to foster best practice, inspire innovative solutions and encourage a more joined-up approach to the challenges the industry faces. Clic+ Club offers a more consistent, ongoing dialogue in which to share ideas with buyers, stakeholders and peers.”

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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