Encounters in Stone: Sculptures take pride of place in iconic Cambridge College

A series of stone sculptures take up residence in Trinity Hall this summer, showcasing the work of one of Britain’s leading sculptors.

Stephen Cox

The works by Stephen Cox RA range in size with monumental works taking up space in the 14th-century College’s beautiful Courts and Gardens and smaller works being placed inside its historic buildings.

Cox’s work is known worldwide and he draws inspiration from around the globe. His most famous exhibitions were at MOMA New York and the National Gallery, London, and now he brings his exceptional work to a College situated in the heart of Cambridge.

The artist is drawn to stones that have been set apart due to their rarity, hardness, colour and symbolism; seeking them out wherever they may be. He worked stone in age-old methods in Mahabalipuram, India and took expeditions to the Eastern Mountains of Egypt.

He became the first person to make sculpture in Imperial porphyry from its unique source since antiquity The public will be able to visit the exhibition throughout the year during College opening times and as part of specific festivals like the Alumni Festival (when the artist himself will be on hand to give guided tours) and Open Cambridge.

The works are on show from August 2022 until June 2023. Admission to the College is free but only during the designated opening times. More information on the exhibition can be found on the College’s webpages.

With thanks to the donors and sponsors who made the event possible.