Event organisers looking to add a different dimension to their conference or meeting can incorporate a private art tour at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge.
The New Hall Art Collection is located throughout the contemporary college, which is light and airy, providing a spacious setting for the paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Artworks also feature in many of the meeting spaces and public areas such as breakout rooms, areas for catering and networking and in the spectacular Dome dining hall – as well as sculptures in the gardens, where drinks receptions and outdoor events can be held in the summer months.
The Art Collection’s curator, Eliza Gluckman, conducts the private tours. She says: “The New Hall Art Collection, which is Europe’s largest collection of women’s art, encompasses collage, painting, drawing, sculpture, film and photography.
“It is an open collection we actively collect – we are regularly offered generous donations by established and emerging artists.
“In terms of well-known artists 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, marketing and events officer, adds: “Being able to offer our prestigious Art Tour to event organisers is adding significant value to their delegates’ visits to Cambridge. Pieces from the Collection are installed all around the College, which gives it a unique and inspiring atmosphere, enhancing many of the spaces used for events such as meetings, conferences and fine dining.”
Groups can enjoy the Art Tour for a fee of £50 which is donated to the Art Collection.