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.

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, Nigel Meager (

Classes and studio time

Two groups who are external to the College organise regular life drawing sessions in the Large Art Room.

  • Wednesday evenings, 8pm - 10pm, Life Drawing Group. This is organised by The Cambridge Sketch Group please see for more information and to sign up. This session is open to all, but sign-up is essential as space is limited. There is a small fee.
  • Thursday evenings, 8pm - 10pm, Graduate Society Life Drawing Group (continues throughout the year). This is organised by Quin Hollick ( This session is open to graduates and the general public. Space is limited so please contact Quin for more details. There is a small fee.
  • Workshops: Artists who are exhibiting at the Art Centre sometimes do workshops. See the Exhibitions page.

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

  • During Full Term and the first four weeks of Easter Full Term there are visual arts workshops on Saturdays for College members. Information and details of how to sign up will be sent by email.
  • Members of King’s College can receive one-to-one support for visual arts practices. To arrange an initial conversation, please email the King’s College Art Teacher, 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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