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Mel Bochner, Do I Have to Draw You a Picture? (2013).


The eighth exhibition at the Heong Gallery brings together a collection of contemporary American and British prints from the British Museum, and works in various media from private lenders, including prints, postcards, books, diagrammatic drawing, sign painting, tape recording, neon, LED, enamel plaques, bunting, and campaign posters.

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Stephen Chambers, The Court of Redonda (detail), 2017, oil on panel, each: 48 x 39 cm.

Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda

Sat 24 February - Sun 20 May

The Heong Gallery

The Court of Redonda is a vast collective portrait of an imaginary court of maverick and singular individuals. The installation of 101 paintings articulates the role played by artists in envisaging a world not how it is, but how it could be. Featuring subjects drawn from different epochs and cultures and hung with reference to historic portrait collections, the court imagines a utopian society that celebrates the creative and idiosyncratic.

The Court of Redonda is inspired by a literary legend that has developed around a tiny, uninhabited island in the Caribbean Sea. Redonda was claimed in 1865 by a merchant trader, who established an honorary monarchy that has been passed down to the present through a literary lineage. Collisions in fact and fiction about the island are described by the novelist Javier Mari?as, who was until recently a King of Redonda. Sparked by a ‘mental collaboration’ with Mari?as, who appointed many notable writers and artists to his imaginary court, Chambers has created a collective of individuals, where creativity is honoured over hereditary privilege.

Curated by Emma Hill, The Court of Redonda was made over a two-year period that coincided with Britain’s referendum about leaving the European Union and touches upon themes of identity, heredity and nationalism.

Stephen Chambers was elected to the Royal Academy of Art in 2005 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Downing College at the University of Cambridge, in 2016. The Court of Redonda was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and followed solo exhibitions at the Royal Academy, London (2012) and the Pera Museum, Istanbul (2014).

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

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No need to book.

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


10:00am-6:00pm Wednesday and Friday-Sunday every week from Saturday 24 February until Sunday 20 May

All times

Sat 24 February 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 25 February 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 28 February 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 2 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 3 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 4 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 7 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 9 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Fri 16 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Fri 23 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Wed 28 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 30 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 31 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Fri 6 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 7 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Fri 20 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Fri 27 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Sun 29 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 2 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Sun 13 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 16 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 18 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 19 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 20 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM


Wednesdays 12-8
Saturdays 10-6
Fridays and Sundays 12-5


All welcome.
Address: The Heong Gallery
Downing College
United Kingdom
Email: gallery@dow.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: 01223 334800