King's occasionally holds exhibitions in the Chapel, the Archive Centre or the Art Centre. For previous art exhibitions see the past exhibitions page.
Information about visiting the Art Rooms
If you are not a member of the University or King’s College you will need an invitation to visit the Art Rooms to show at the main gate on King’s Parade. Please ask for an invitation by emailing the artist or agent (see email address in the exhibition information). The invitation can be printed or displayed on a mobile phone.
The Art Rooms are at the top of Staircase A. Turn left after the main gate and head for the student bar and coffee shop in front of you. Just before the main door to the bar there is a white door on the left. Climb two flights of stairs to the second floor. Please note there is no lift access. If the Art Room main door is closed, please enquire at the Porter’s Lodge. Please bear in mind this is not a public gallery or a fully managed exhibition space and the Rooms are used for a variety of activities.
The Perspective Chamber - paintings by Sam Race - October 1st to 28th
Sam Race comments:
"My work explores the construction of memory spaces, reminiscent of cabinets of curiosity and still lives from the 17th century in a combination of artefacts associated with the pursuit of knowledge with intimate interiors evoking ruminations on moral codes and mortality. My interiors are assembled from fragments of found and collected imagery both abstract and figurative. These rooms present a stage or display case for groupings of desirable objects of the past and present. Technological devices confer with statues from antiquity and astronomical instruments, presenting a reflection of our obsession to quantify and understand our world, a pursuit that is often threatened by our own vanity. Using compositional devices and glazing techniques derived from the 17th century, my paintings and drawings are built up over many layers in a process of continual reflection and re-working. The result is a palimpsest of marks, which echoes the memories that buildings and rooms contain and which links my work to the history of objects, concepts of collecting as a cultural practice and the malleability of historical memory."
Samuel Race is an artist and lecturer at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA), specialising in Fine Art and Contextual Studies. He is also Head of Arts Lab at CSVPA where he has been facilitating experimental drawing conversations between students from King’s College, St John’s College and CSVPA in a continuing series of collaborative workshops.
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The Perspective Room
Because of All We’ve Said, oil on board
The Archaeology of Knowledge (detail), oil on board
Hermes, colour pencil, watercolour and gouache on pape