The King's Art Rooms

The King's Art Centre was established in the 1970s. It is on 'A' staircase, which is the first door on the left as you enter the Front Court.

The centre consists of two Art Rooms. The Large Art Room is an empty flexible space which can be used for exhibitions or workshops. The Small Art Room is used by King’s members as an artist’s studio. If you are a member of the College and are interested in using the Art Rooms for independent or collaborative visual arts work, please contact the King’s College Art Teacher, Dr. Nigel Meager

Classes and studio time

There is a regular weekly life drawing session organised by a group external to King’s in the Large Art Room.

  • Thursday evenings, 8pm - 10pm, Graduate Society Life Drawing Group (continues throughout the year). This is run by Dennis Goldsmith ( ). This session is open to graduates and the general public. Space is limited so please contact Dennis for more details. There is a small fee.

For members of Kings there are regular visual arts workshops and support sessions.

  • Artist led workshops, talks and other events. Artists who are exhibiting in the Art Rooms sometimes do workshops. See the Exhibitions page and look out for emails from the Art Rooms.
  • During Full Term and the first four weeks of Easter Full Term there are visual arts workshops and life drawing sessions reserved especially for all College members. Details are sent to all members by email. Dr. Nigel Meager will answer any questions.
  • Members of King’s College can also receive one-to-one support for visual arts practices. To arrange an initial conversation, please email the King’s College Art Teacher, Dr. Nigel Meager.


The Art Centre runs exhibitions during term time. See the Exhibitions page for the current and forthcoming exhibitions. For past exhibitions see the Past exhibitions page.

Decorations, props and scenery

The Art Centre with party decorations

The Art Rooms are a helpful resource for students involved in King's plays and events. Students use the facilities to make decorations, scenery and props. If you would like to use the Art Rooms for this purpose please email Nigel Meager, .

For the King's Affair, an annual large all-night party in the summer, the College needs to be transformed for the chosen theme. For example, one year the King's Affair committee hosted ContAnimation: 'our treasured childhood favourites are bursting from the walls in a deliriously decadent, awfully animated, crazily cartoonified dystopia'. As you can imagine, the Art Centre was a busy place just before the event!

Rylands Art Prize painting

Rylands Art Prize: part of a winning entry by Josh Bristow. Larger image

Rylands Art Prize

The Rylands Art Prize is an annual College competition in memory of Dr G.H.W Rylands (known as Dadie Rylands), a former fellow of the College.

Students and College staff at King’s can enter works of visual art in any medium. In recent years entries have included paintings in watercolour and oil, drawings, photography, sculptures, knitted artefacts, posters and assemblage art. After the competition, all entries are exhibited in the Large Art Room. Janet Luff in the Tutorial Office will send out emails inviting entries for the prize.

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