The Arts Fund:
the Great Tradition at Downing College

Howard Theatre

The name of the new College Arts Fund celebrates F R Leavis and stakes Downing’s claim in the world of arts and culture.

The funds donated to the project will allow Downing to become a centre of excellence for culture within the University and beyond. The opening of the art gallery in 2016, together with the Howard Theatre and newly installed organ, will bring the arts to the centre of College life.

To maximise the potential of these outstanding facilities, this project will ensure programmes of consistent quality and frequency to augment the cultural reputation of the College.

We are grateful for all donations to the Arts Fund and all donors will become Arts Fund Members, while those who wish to offer substantial support might like to become Patrons.

Downing College organ


Benefits of supporting the Arts Fund

Arts Fund Members

All  donors to the Arts Fund will become Members and will receive by email advance information on all gallery exhibitions, theatre productions at Downing, music recitals, poetry readings and writers’ lectures by Downing Societies and other cultural events at Downing that are open to the public.

Heong Gallery

Arts Fund Patrons

For £1,800 per annum, in addition to the above, Patrons will receive invitations in the year of the gift to:

  • Art: three private opening receptions per year with the curator, Advisory Board and special guests. Invitations to all symposia and other events related to each exhibition
  • Theatre: invitation to a special pre-performance reception with the Honorary Patrons or special guests
  • Music: invitation to the Advent Carol Service and an invitation to a Patrons-only post-recital dinner
  • Membership of the 1800 Circle for the year in which the gift is made.

Arts Fund membership details

*£1440 plus Gift Aid, payable within a single financial year
** £120 plus Gift Aid, payable within a single financial year

To make a donation online, please click here or, for more information about the Arts Fund, please contact the Development Office.

Find out more about The Heong Gallery:

Alumni & Development, Downing College, Cambridge CB2 1DQ. Telephone 01223 334850· Email  Registered with the Fundraising Regulator