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 2-4 November and also 6 November, which will run from 8pm to 9pm each day. See the event web page.

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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King's Chapel Angels

Recent paintings by Jean Bacon
28 November - 24 December 2015, King's Art Centre, King's College

King's Chapel Angles

Artist's Statement

In the Easter term 2015, Nigel Meager, the Art Teacher at King’s, started weekly visual art workshops. One explored drawing, and an exercise was to focus on a fragment of the chapel architecture.

I had always admired Ruskin's drawings of architecture and decided to continue this theme as a summer project, a new subject for me.

Ken Moody and I took photographs of details of the chapel exterior. On blowing up the images I found the angels high up on the chapel sides (some, alas, are badly eroded).

I drew and painted (pencil and watercolour, a little pastel) through the summer, exploring how to combine architectural features into a composition. I have made no attempt to achieve a particular coherent perspective.

Later, Ken was able to photograph two of the angels from the balcony of the Gibbs building. This view is from a little above their level.

The work on show is very much work-in-progress, with different approaches still to be explored. I've come to think of the angels as long-enduring guardians, exposed to the elements. I should love to know who designed and created them. To view some of the angels I have painted visit:

I have had exhibitions in the Art centre in 2005 and 2008:

Thanks to Ken Moody for the websites.

Workshop – getting to know the King's Chapel angels, 28 November

There will be a Saturday afternoon event and workshop on 28 November. This will combine: a more in depth look at the angels in situ with an art historical perspective led by Christina Farley; an observational drawing activity designed to help participants look more carefully at the angels; and a discussion in the Art Rooms of the art work together with artistic and art historical approaches to understanding the angels. Please look out for more details nearer the event.

Biographical note

Jean retired as a Professor in the Computer Laboratory in 2014 and now works on her research there as an Emeritus Professor. She is also an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College. From schooldays, she has carried on informally as an artist, while following a career in science. On coming to Cambridge she found the King's Art Centre to be somewhere she could paint, draw and exhibit – a wonderful resource.

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