King's occasionally holds exhibitions in the Chapel, the Archive Centre or the Art Centre. For previous art exhibitions see the past exhibitions page.

Samuel Beckett in dialogue with King's College Chapel

King's will be holding a multimedia event in the Chapel from 2- 6 November, which will run from 8pm to 9pm each day. See the event web page.

Process and Space

Landscape paintings and drawings by Laetitia Ward 16 - 29 October 2015, King's Art Centre, King's College

This is the first, in what is planned to be a new and on-going series of exhibitions in the Art Rooms by King’s members. Tish Ward is an undergraduate at the College for whom art has been central part of her life since primary school.


Artist’s Statement

My practice as an artist manifests through the process of drawing, which I define as an exercise in critical observation, exploration, investigation and description of space. This exhibition represents a selection of my work with a focus on landscape, which I almost exclusively create by working directly from my subject matter, outside, surrounded by the elements and space that I seek to explore and describe. Much of the work shown here came from the Suffolk coast, where the open spaces of pastures, sea and expansive sky, always there and yet ever changing, provide an endless source of inspiration.

In most recent work, I have used mainly pencil on paper and oil on board, and focused primarily on the natural subject matter of landscape. However, both the subject of the process and the medium through which this process is carried out are to me of secondary importance to the process itself and the conceptualisation behind it. This process, drawing, is where the external and internal constructs of mind and space meet and interact. It is, for me, a sort of language: constructed by and for myself to provide an introspective, investigative and descriptive system of dissection and analysis in relating to the external world, a dialogue between mind and space, which aids in my own personal understanding of it.

My core influences come firstly from the Euston Road School and those who stemmed from it, especially in the form of William Coldstream, Euan Uglow and Patrick George. Others whose work has informed my own practice include Nicolas de Staël and Paul Cézanne, to name just a couple, among a myriad of many more whose influence has spread through those that have come before me and can in turn be seen in my work today.

Landscape painting workshop, Saturday 17 October

Tish Ward (with King’s Art Teacher, Nigel Meager) will host a three-hour workshop to explore some elements of Tish’s landscape painting processes. More information and how to book will be sent by email nearer the time.

Southwold Sea
Southwold Sea

Biographical notes

Laetitia Ward is in her final year as an undergraduate at King’s College, studying Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS). She has had a rather unorthodox (and hence rather extended) path through an undergraduate degree, which, following a gap year, began in 2011 by studying Russian and Arabic, an AMES/MML tripos combination. Tish then switched into Part II of the PBS tripos last year.

Tish grew up in between London and rural Sussex, going to school in London but spending all weekends and holidays staying with grandparents in Sussex. As a result she came to know the best of both urban and rural life, but came to love the countryside most of all. Her love of the visual qualities in the rural landscape is central to her art.

Before coming to King’s, Tish’s plan had always been, since childhood, to go to art school. She has always been passionate about art, drawing in any spare moment in her sketchbook – a constant companion since year 3 of primary school. Nurtured by an inspiring art teacher through primary school, she was awarded an art scholarship at an independent secondary school.

In the sixth form, Tish’s art practice flourished with the guidance of art teachers, a new freedom to work outside the classroom, and a valuable opportunity to attend life-drawing classes at the Royal Academy. However, at her high achieving academic school, other forces came into play. With those shaping her path, before she knew it she had a place at Cambridge. There is a tension between ideas expressed in words within the framework of academia, and those expressed with the sensual qualities of paint. Tish is all too aware of this tension as she progresses towards her degree and states that: “To be an artist remains a core and essential part of who I am and how I live”.

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An Elephant in the Room

Recent Watercolours by Emrys Williams
31 October - 21 November 2015, King's Art Centre, King's College

Emrys Williams painting: Elephant
Elephant (2015)

This exhibition will be an installation of recent watercolours selected by the artist for the Large Art Room at King’s College. Watercolour is generally seen as a very traditional and conservative form of making paintings. In this show the artist exploits the liquidity, spontaneity and speed of the medium to create works in an intuitive manner.

The exhibition installation also responds to the space and challenges traditional notions of display. Subjects used in the paintings are diverse, often with juxtapositions of imagery that play with scale and pictorial space.

The paintings are made on Indian handmade khadi paper. This allows for physicality, a varied sense of surface and playful painterly abstraction which balances figurative motifs. The works have an intimacy and mystery, taking the viewer on a journey. All works are for sale.

Workshop – Exploratory watercolour

The artist will hold a workshop that explores the use of watercolour as a medium to open up possibilities for intuitive and experimental ways of working. There will be a talk about the exhibition and the artists approach on Friday 30 October at 5.30 pm.

A practical session for King’s members will be led by the artist on Saturday 31 October. This will allow for individual ways of working inspired by Emrys’s images and his methods. Detailed information will follow by email to King’s members at the start of October.

Biographical notes

Emrys Williams painting: Bird and house
Bird and House (2015)

Emrys Williams was born in Liverpool in 1958 and moved with his family to Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast in 1969. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1976­1980). Since 1990, he has balanced his work as a professional artist with work as a lecturer at Coleg Menai in Bangor where he is currently joint co­ordinator on the BA Fine Art programme.

Emrys has exhibited widely in Britain and has shown in important group exhibitions including the 12th Liverpool John Moores Painting Exhibition (1982) where he was a prize winner and the Serpentine Summer Show (1983). He has held three one man shows in London at the Benjamin Rhodes Gallery and has had major public touring shows including: Sunny Spells (1995) organised by Oriel Mostyn/Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, touring to MAC Birmingham, the Glynn Vivian Swansea and Turner House Penarth; Various Fictions (1998), Collins Gallery, Glasgow; and Emrys Williams – Recent Paintings (2003), Oriel Davies, Newtown.

He has also worked with opera as artist-in-residence at the Welsh National Opera and also with film projects such as Sunny Spells – A Game for Optimists (1994) with Director Paul Islwyn Thomas. His work is in many public collections such as the Arts Council of England, the Government Art Collection, the National Museum of Wales and the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

In 2006 he was given a Creative Wales award by the Arts Council of Wales; prizes in Wales include University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize (2006), Artist of the Year Painting Prize, St Davids' Hall (2006) and the Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod (2007).

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