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 entrace up a few steps in front of you. This leads to the student bar and coffee shop. Just before the main door to the bar and at the top of the few steps there is a white door on the left. Go through and 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. For more information please email Dr. Nigel Meager: .
Island Life – Photographs of Tiree, Inner Hebrides, Scotland by Uwe Ackermann – February 6 to February 28th
Water and weather all around.
Will the plane be able to land?
Will the boat from Oban be able to dock?
When you’re young there’s nothing to do.
When you’re old you are left with your thoughts.
There are sheep to be herded.
There’s work to be done.
There’s the clay to fashion in creative ways.
There’s the wind to be caught.
There’s the sea to be fished.
There’s walking on the long beaches, watched over by Skerryvore – the lighthouse at the edge of the world.
There’s solitude, a boat, a potter’s wheel, a camera.
Uwe Ackermann writes:
"Until my retirement in 2007, I spent my professional life working as a physiologist. The University of Toronto, Canada and the University of Oxford were academic homes for my research and teaching. In the early 1980s, during a visit to New Orleans, the varied and inventive use of iron in that city lured me towards photography. From that time onwards I have used the camera to frame the visual world and to make photographs that encourage observation and reflection upon what is there for all to see. Most of my photographs result more from chance observation than from deliberate staging. Some are inspired by the words of Ansell Adams, “You don’ take a photograph, you make it.”
Soon after New Orleans I sailed to Tiree, one of the Scottish isles, as part of a team working with the Hebridean Trust. I have gone back many times since then; sometimes to sail; sometimes to help at Hynish, which was from 1837 to 1844 the staging post for the construction of the Skerryvore lighthouse, 12 miles southwest of Tiree, and is to-day a holiday centre, run by the Hebridean Trust for inner city children and others.
While many mainlanders flock to the island during the summer months, its full-time population is near 600. My photographs seek to capture the life of these permanent residents. Black and white images, rather than being anchored in the present, suggest memory and in a way better capture the timeless mood of Tiree and an imaginative response to it."
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Arriving by Air
The Potter's Hands
Skerryvore - the lighthouse at the edge of the World
An Exhibition of Abstract Art – The Pavilion Group – April 8 to April 22
Dennis Goldsmith writes:
“We are a newly formed group exploring the boundaries of abstract art. Some of us are well-established artists with a wide portfolio of work, others are new to all forms of art. Each week, since October 2018, we have been working together, experimenting, sharing ideas, and seeing where this leads. Our sessions are a journey beginning, say, by trying to capture music on paper or, just using black and white or, ripping up last week’s work and turning it into a collage. Anything can happen. If the mood takes us we’ll work collaboratively on long ‘wallpaper’ pieces reacting to, and sometimes layering over, other people’s work. We are encouraged and guided in this adventure by Colin Whitworth, who started up and ran abstract art groups for the University of the Third Age for nine years.”
Pavilion Group artists:
Sarah de Mas
Julie Kemp (juliakemp.co.uk)
Judy Logan (judylogan.co.uk)
Nene Stam (drawings2listen2.com)
John Tordoﬀ (john-tordoﬀ.co.uk)
Colin Whitworth (https://colinwhitworth5.wixsite.com/mysite)
For further information about the Pavilion Group’s work and this exhibition contact Vivienne Lloyd: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pavilian Abstract Group - Image 4
Pavilian Abstract Group - Image 3
Pavilian Abstract Group - Image 2
Pavilian Abstract Group - Image 1