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Degas: a passion for perfection

The Fitzwilliam Museum will mark the centenary of Degas’s death with an exhibition that will exhibit its holdings of works by the artist – the most extensive and representative in the UK.

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The Best of All Possible Worlds: Quentin Blake and The Folio Society

Sat 17 June - Sun 8 October

Downing College

Sir Quentin Blake (b. 1932) read English at Downing College between 1953 and 1956. His drawings first appeared in Punch when he was sixteen and he illustrated two editions of the student magazine Granta while at Cambridge University. In 1960, he illustrated A Drink of Water by John Yeoman, thereby starting a career in children’s book illustration for which he is best known, having illustrated beloved titles by Roald Dahl, Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo and others.

Despite his special affinity for children’s books – he was the inaugural Children’s Laureate from 1999-2001 – Sir Quentin has illustrated over 300 books for children and adults and created works of public art, most notably in healthcare settings in the UK and France. His association with The Folio Society began with the centenary edition of The Hunting of the Snark (1976) and the illustrations on display are from his four most recent collaborations; Candide (2011), Fifty Fables of La Fontaine (2013), The Golden Ass (2015) and Riddley Walker (2017). From the ribald and piquant to the serious and disturbing, these four titles showcase just a few of the genres and themes in Sir Quentin’s formidable oeuvre.


The Heong Gallery at Downing College opened in February 2016 as anew gallery for exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The Best of All Possible Worlds is the fifth exhibition and follows Generation Painting 1955–65: British Art from the Collection of Sir Alan Bowness(February–May 2016), Ai Weiwei: Cubes and Trees (June–October 2016), Portraits of Place: Works from Kettle’s Yard & Richard Long (November 2016-January 2017) and When the Heavens Meet the Earth: Selected Works from Robert Devereux’s Sina Jina Collection (February-May 2017).

The Gallery was designed by Caruso St John Architects (winners of RIBA Stirling Prize 2016) and so named in gratitude for the generous benefaction of Alwyn Heong.

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Access: The Heong Gallery is completely accessible by wheelchair and mobility scooter. Large-print label books are also available.

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Enquiries: Prerona Prasad Website Email: gallery@dow.cam.ac.uk Telephone: 01223334800


12:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday every week from Saturday 17 June until Sunday 8 October

12:00pm-5:00pm Friday and Sunday every week from Saturday 17 June until Sunday 8 October

10:00am-6:00pm Saturday every week from Saturday 17 June until Sunday 8 October

All times

Sat 17 June 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 18 June 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 21 June 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 23 June 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 24 June 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 25 June 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 28 June 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 30 June 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 1 July 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 2 July 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 5 July 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 7 July 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 8 July 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 9 July 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 12 July 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 14 July 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 15 July 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 16 July 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 19 July 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 21 July 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 22 July 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 23 July 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 26 July 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 28 July 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 29 July 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 30 July 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 2 August 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 4 August 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 5 August 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 6 August 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 9 August 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 11 August 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 12 August 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 13 August 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 16 August 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 18 August 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 19 August 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 20 August 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 23 August 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 25 August 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 26 August 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 27 August 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 30 August 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 1 September 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 2 September 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 3 September 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 6 September 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 8 September 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 9 September 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 10 September 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 13 September 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 15 September 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 16 September 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 17 September 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 20 September 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 22 September 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 23 September 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 24 September 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 27 September 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 29 September 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 30 September 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 1 October 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 4 October 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 6 October 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 7 October 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 8 October 12:00PM - 5:00PM


Address: Downing College
The Heong Gallery
The Heong Gallery
Downing College
Telephone: +44 1223 334800