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 Alison Richard Building’ is run by a group of volunteers who are staff, researchers and academics based in the ARB. The committee hosts 4-6 exhibitions per year.
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, freestanding sculptures or play video and sound pieces in our regular exhibition programme.
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.