Margaret Greeves showing art to students

Fine Arts

A carefully curated series of modern art exhibitions

Throughout the year, a series of high-quality art exhibitions are displayed in the Gallery, Combination Room and gardens. Always free and open to all.

Margaret Greeves showing art to students

Art exhibitions at Wolfson College

Wolfson has a vibrant and exciting programme of exhibitions curated by Fellows, students and the Fine Arts Committee. Works are displayed in the Dining Hall and the Gallery, as well as the Combination Room. We typically have an opening event for each exhibition that is advertised on the College Events page.

Current works

At Your Service

Mark Corfield-Moore

2 October to 16 December 2018

Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays
15.00-17.00 in the Combination Room

Wolfson College, Barton Road,
Cambridge CB3 9BB

Admission free

We are delighted to present works by Mark Corfield-Moore, the first winner of The Wolfson College Cambridge – Royal Academy Schools Graduate Prize. The prize is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate of the RA Schools and is designed to provide emerging artists with a significant exhibition at a crucial point in their careers. Their work, in turn, plays a critical role in fostering meaningful connections between the arts and other disciplines both within the University and beyond.

Mark Corfield-Moore’s exhibition, ‘At Your Service’, will be on view until 16 December 2018. His multi-media works respond directly to the environment of the College, particularly the challenge of exhibiting in a space that is very different, both visually and conceptually, from a contemporary art gallery. All of the works in this show engage with the multipurpose nature of the Combination Room, at once a site for display and a functional space. For Corfield-Moore, the champagne glasses, ashtray, and napkins that feature in these works allude to the experience of service and being served. The meditated complexity of the works captures elements of performance and display that define, for the artist, events such as the typically ‘Oxbridge’ Formal Hall.

Studied Carelessness by Mark Corfield-Moore

Image: 
Studied Carelessness, 2018
Dye, handwoven cotton
Framed dimensions 222.5 x 162.5 x 5.5cm


Dance of Light:
Living Matter and Rhythm

Rhea Quien

22 September to 18 November 2018
Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays
15.00-17.00 in the Dining Hall

Wolfson College, Barton Road,
Cambridge CB3 9BB
Admission free

Stimulated by her immersion in nature, the artist has conjured up the underlying motion of organic growth. In this series, originally called ‘Living Matter in Rhythm’ and painted in 1999 and 2001, Rhea Quien captures energy and light to bring forth subtle shapes. Out of the saturated colour of the background emerge suggestions of translucent insect wings, muscle or bone, flames, wispy clouds or flowing water, while others draw one to imagine apparitions from outer space.

With a particular gift – synaesthesia, which she seems to have inherited from her mother Clara Quien, also a synaesthetic artist – Rhea responds to nature by ‘seeing’ light and shapes which she attempts to capture in her paintings.  She says that the process of painting ‘Living Matter in Rhythm’, although challenging at the beginning, was instructive and exciting. “Slowly I learned to trust the process in a spontaneous, yet sensitive way. Turning the so-called ‘finished’ painting upside down and contemplating it, revealed a great deal that might be improved.”  

Read more about Rhea Quien and her work on her websites: rq-art.com and rq-lightart.com.

Rhea Quien

Please call 01223 335900 in advance of your visit to ensure that the Gallery is open to the public.

Previous exhibitions

The Wolfson collection of oil paintings can be found on the ArtUK website.