King's Art Centre

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. Exhibitions at the centre are open to the public 11am to 5pm daily.

The centre consists of a gallery and studio where art lessons are held, plus a "messy room" for paint and other techniques. The studios are freely available for members of College to use.

Classes and studio time

  • Wednesday evenings, 8pm - 10pm, King's Life Drawing Group
  • Thursday evenings, 8pm - 10pm, Graduate Society Life Drawing Group (continues throughout the year)
  • Note: Saturday classes will resume following the appointment of a new Art Centre Co-ordinator.

All classes and studio time will be available during Full Term and the first four weeks of Easter Full Term.


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 Centre is a helpful resource for students involved in King's plays and events. Students use the facilities to make decorations, scenery and props.

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 competition at King's in memory of Dr G.H.W Rylands (known as Dadie Rylands), a former fellow of the College.

Students and College staff 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 Art Centre.

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