When the Heavens Meet the Earth

25 Feb 2017 – 21 May 2017

Event times

Wednesdays 12pm-8pm · Fridays 12pm-5pm · Saturdays 10am-6pm · Sundays 12pm-5pm

Cost of entry

Free admission

The Heong Gallery

England, United Kingdom


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The Heong Gallery at Downing College presents the first major exhibition of works from Robert Devereux’s Sina Jina collection


'When the Heavens Meet the Earth' brings together selected works from Robert Devereux’s contemporary art collection, highlighting his commitment to emerging artists who challenge Western preconceptions of, and hegemony over, cultural expression and contemporary art. More than thirty-five works have been brought together and are part of his Sina Jina Collection, named after a restored merchant’s house in Lamu, Kenya. It is literally called ‘the place with no name’. As a collector, Robert Devereux is focused upon supporting artists and giving them the confidence to develop their practice.


Artists included in the exhibition:

ruby onyinyechi amanze · El Anatsui · Sammy Baloji · Nathalie Mba Bikoro · Rotimi Fani-Kayode · Samuel Fosso · Meschac Gaba · Romuald Hazoumè · Peterson Kamwathi · Richard Kimathi · Marcia Kure · Moshekwa Langa · Mário Macilau · Ibrahim Mahama · Ato Malinda · Misheck Masamvu · Nandipha Mntambo · Zanele Muholi · Aida Muluneh · Otobong Nkanga · Misheck Masamvu · Anthony Okello · Nnenna Okore · Malick Sidibé · Pascale Marthine Tayou · Barthélémy Toguo · Beatrice Wanjiku · Lynette Yiadom-Boakye · Dominique Zinkpè


In an ambitious, high-density hang, the exhibition includes works by artists from Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Several live and work in Europe and the United States of America but draw much of their inspiration and artistic idioms from their trans-national roots. The works cover multiple media, from photography and painting to sculpture and film. Impactful, provocative and playful, the works explore everyday life, politics, human rights, LGBT+ representation, and identity.


In 2010 Robert Devereux recognised how hard it is for many artists to make a career in art, particularly those based in Africa, a continent he had grown to know and feel connected to. As a result, he placed for sale through Sotheby’s, four hundred and sixteen works from his collection of post-war British art. The proceeds helped establish The African Arts Trust (TAAT), a body that continues to fund grass roots organisations in expanding opportunities for artists. This exhibition offers the UK a rare chance to see further evidence of Robert Devereux’s support for artists.


'When the Heavens Meet the Earth' is the fourth exhibition at The Heong Gallery, and continues Downing College’s commitment to presenting significant international art in Cambridge, with the aim of encouraging discussion and debate amongst both students and residents. Robert Devereux is a Downing College alumnus.


Tessa Jackson

Exhibiting artists

Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Barthélémy Toguo

Richard Kimathi

Misheck Masamvu

Beatrice Wanjiku

Marcia Kure

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Meschac Gaba

Otobong Nkanga

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Dominique Zinkpè

Peterson Kamwathi

Moshekwa Langa

Samuel Fosso

Aida Muluneh

Nnenna Okore

Anthony Okello

Malick Sidibé

Nandipha Mntambo

El Anatsui

Mário Macilau

Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro

Sammy Baloji

Zanele Muholi

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Romuald Hazoumè

Ato Malinda

Ibrahim Mahama


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