Wolfson Fine Arts - Current Exhibitions

Wolfson Fine Arts organises a series of temporary exhibitions in College, which are open to the general public when the rooms are not otherwise in use by the College. Please call 01223 335900 in advance of your visit to avoid disappointment.

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

We are delighted to announce our Michaelmas Term exhibition and associated events:

Representing Partition: India and Pakistan

Saturdays and Sundays, 14 October to 9 December, 3pm to 5pm

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Representing Partition: India and Pakistan comprises an exhibition and series of events at Wolfson College in Michaelmas Term 2017.

Falling in the 70th year since India and Pakistan were rendered independent nation states, the series will explore the visual character of this moment, and understand how visual culture was used to facilitate, and articulate this transformation for global audiences.

The show offers an original contribution to understanding the visual significance of Partition and includes sketches made at the precise moment of the hand-over in 1947, photojournalism and illustrated adverts. Bringing together loans from the Imperial War Museum, London Library, Royal Academy, Centre of South Asian Studies and Royal Asiatic Society for the first time, the exhibition is an opportunity to experience the political use of representation during this challenging process. In parallel an exhibition of the work of contemporary Kashmiri artist Prashast Kachru examines the impact of this critical moment.

Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru sitting for Clara Quien (Courtesy Rhea Quien)

Some special events are taking place alongside this exhibition: 

Locating South Asia:
Institutional Representation of a Region

Tuesday 10 October

5pm to 5.50pm Preview the exhibition in the Combination Room and Dining Hall
6pm to 7.15pm Panel Discussion in the Lee Hall

Please book your FREE place via eventbrite 
(where you will find more details of this event)

Photo: Shoe Polish Intervention, Lucknow India, 2010, Prashast Gautam Kachru

Taste of India - Art & Craft Workshops

Art Education programme with NNEdPro (poster)

Saturday 21 October and 28 October 
10.30am to 1pm
Wolfson College

Join us for a morning of Indian art activities using the most exotic of materials including cinnamon, cloves and pulses. ​​​​​​​

Please note that the same programme runs on both dates. 

We will be discovering the patterns associated with this country and learning about unique techniques such as wood block printing whilst having lots of fun! Come away with a printed bag, t-shirt and your own handmade diya in time for Diwali. Bring an art apron or coverall to protect your clothes. 

Suitable for 5- to 12-year olds, cost £15* - book via eventbrite

* There is a small additional booking fee. The cost includes materials, refreshments and a charity donation for NNEdPro urban slumdwellers teaching kitchens in India and Pakistan.

A Seven Decade Spice Trail from South Asia:
Panel Discussion

Saturday 11 November
2.30pm to 4.30pm
Lee Hall, Wolfson College

A Wolfson FineArts and NNEdPro Global Event. 

Please book your FREE place via eventbrite 
(where you will find more details of this event)

The History of Lahore and the Preservation of its Historic Buildings: Symposium

13 and 14 October 2017
Lee Hall, Wolfson College and
Riley Auditorium, Clare College Memorial Court
Cost £30 standard, £15 student

Organised by the Ancient India & Iran Trust
Information and registration

Art History in Schools Study Afternoon

Monday 13 November
1.30pm to 3pm
Lee Hall, Wolfson College

Join us for a study afternoon looking at South Asian art and two themes from the new global 2017 Art History A Level specification: ‘Identities in art and architecture’ and ‘War in art and architecture’.
To book your place please contact Cleo Roberts.

More information 

The Boy and The Brothers: The story of a young Londoner in the service of higher powers

Tuesday 28 November
5.45pm for 6pm
Gatsby Room, Wolfson College

Mr Shezad Dawood, Artist and Research Fellow in Experimental Media, University of Westminster

Wolfson Humanities Society talk in association with Wolfson Fine Arts
Free to attend, no advance booking

Representing Partition: India and Pakistan at Wolfson College is in association with the University of Cambridge Museums 'India Unboxed' season.