About the ARB


The Alison Richard Building (‘ARB’) was carefully designed to blend in with the other buildings on the University’s Sidgwick Site. Internally, however, it is far more distinctive. The building has a north wing and a south wing attached to a central atrium – the social hub of the building – a light and spacious area suitable for exhibitions.

The ARB is home to the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), including the Centre of African Studies, the Centre of Development Studies, the Centre of Latin American Studies  the Centre of South Asian Studies and the Centre for Gender Studies. The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) is also based in the building.

The ART Committee

‘Art at the ARB’ is run by a group of volunteers. The committee is made up of members from each of the departments based in the Alison Richard Building. You can contact the committee via email: jw571(at)cam.ac.uk or via phone: 01223 760 488 (ask for Judith).

How to apply for exhibitions at the ARB

If you are an artist or curator, please read this page.
If you are based in a department or centre in the ARB, please read this page.

The Exhibition Space

There are exhibition spaces in the atrium on the ground floor, as well as on the three upper floors.

 Types of work suitable for exhibiting in the ARB

The ARB is suitable for work that is ready to be hung using our existing hanging rail system or can be placed on covered plinths. Due to the nature of the building we are not able to display installation work or free-standing sculptures. We have one wall-mounted screen available for video works.

Display systems

Hanging space is available on all floors, with hanging rails installed throughout the building. Floor plans with wall measurements are available on request. Nine unlockable display plinths are also available, measurements are provided on request.