Friends of Clare Hall Art Society

Friends of Clare Hall Art Society (FCHAS) is a new initiative led by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE in support of art projects at Clare Hall. The College holds a significant art collection of mostly contemporary British artworks. FCHAS aims to strengthen and promote Clare Hall’s network of artists, art historians and Fellows from other disciplines from the UK and abroad with interest in the arts.  It is also an opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals with interest in art.

FCHAS events are free for members of the College and also members of the Friends of the Clare Hall Art Society. The general public is also welcome to attend these events by purchasing tickets through the event pages.

Statement from Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

I have long-held that Art is a vital force for regenerating society. Experiencing a work of art can inspire all those who engage with it, encouraging them to connect with the world around them.

Art is a direct form of communication that doesn’t depend on cultural or religious background. Clare Hall has a unique place in the University of Cambridge with its diverse membership of people from all over the world, from all backgrounds and with interests in all subjects. It is an ideal hot house for having this kind of experience in the power of art. Not only by having exhibitions but also by having a community of people dedicated to making this happen. Inviting artists, curators and critics to share their knowledge helps to extend the audience for art along with its understanding.

Clare Hall has hosted art exhibitions for a number of years, often showcasing emerging talent and regional artists as well as important artists on the national scene. I’ve increasingly felt that we needed a group of people to help spread the word and become advocates for this mission. For this reason, we’ve set up the FCHAS to provide a forum for artists to talk about their work, to share their experiences, and to energize the surrounding community thus extending the boundaries of people who appreciate and engage in the power of art.

I invite you to join us.

Helaine Blumenfeld is an American sculptress. She lives and works in the United Kingdom and Pietrasanta, central Italy. She designs large-scale sculptures in marble, which are then executed for her by Tuscan master sculptors. Examples of her work are in the collections of the Smithsonian, the Tate, at Clare College and Clare Hall in Cambridge, the Courtauld Gallery, as well as at various key locations in London. Blumenfeld completed a PhD at Columbia University in 1964 and then went to Paris to study art under Ossip Zadkine. Her first solo show was in 1966.  Blumenfeld is vice-president of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. In 2007 she won the Premio Pietrasanta nel Mondo, and she was awarded an honorary OBE in 2011. For news about her ongoing work, please see her website.

Next Event

22 October 2018

Jacquiline Creswell

Curating Contemporary Art in Cathedrals

Jacquiline Creswell is the Visual Arts Advisor at Salisbury Cathedral. She will discuss the role of art and of Cathedral art exhibitions: “Churches have found art very effective as a way to reach out and engage the wider community. It has the power to reveal hidden meaning and transform beliefs.”

Please join us in the Richard Eden Suite at 5.30pm for a drinks reception. Jacquiline’s talk will begin at 6 pm followed by a buffet dinner at 7.30 pm.

For all three events please RSVP to

We will supply further information in due course.

Pictured (L-R): Jon Harris and Helaine Blumenfeld OBE at Clare Hall and Nicholas Juett  


Friends of the Clare Hall Art Society offers two annual membership categories:

  • Individual membership £40
  • Joint membership £60

Benefits include free attendance to all talks and one Formal Dinner in college.

For further information about joining the society, please contact Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes at Alternatively, you can download a membership form here which can be sent to or in the post to our Development Office, Clare Hall, Herschel Road, CB3 9AL.

For enquiries regarding corporate membership please contact Dr Marie Janson at

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