Arts at Canterbury

The Canterbury campus has a thriving arts scene with the Gulbenkian, the University of Kent’s arts centre, offering a wide and vibrant range of high-quality arts events to the public, staff and students.

The Gulbenkian

An innovative arts centre featuring a 340 seat theatre, 300 seat cinema and café/cabaret space. We are committed to employing students in all areas of the organisation. Opportunities to get involved include performing and internships.


Performances include stand-up comedy, theatre, dance and music with particular emphasis on young contemporary work.


Films include broadcast screenings from the National Theatre and Royal Opera House, blockbusters, 3D, independents, art-house and foreign language.

Café bar

The licensed café uses locally sourced and seasonal ingredients and hosts performances in its very own cabaret space.

Fine Art

Studio 3 Gallery, located in the School of Arts’ Jarman Building, regularly hosts major exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists. Studio 3 runs an active volunteer programme where students get involved in all aspects of the gallery’s work.

Other exhibition spaces on campus include the Gulbenkian Crossover Gallery, Keynes Atrium and Gallery, and the Rutherford Panopticon.


The annual WorldFest at the University, which celebrates Kent’s international community and ethos, features many activities andevents, all with an international theme.

Other events include regular Open Lectures, given by a mixture of public figures and newly appointed professors, and WorldFest Bitesize.

Open Lectures

Kent's popular Open Lecture series covers a range of topics; from comedy to politics, science to the arts. Lectures are free, open to all and no booking is needed.


The Gulbenkian cinema and theatre


Art at Canterbury

Gulbenkian logo

For theatre and cinema listings and how to book, visit the Gulbenkian website.

Events calendar

Our wide range of events are open to current and past students, staff and the wider community of Kent.

School of Arts

School of Arts' Jarman Buidling

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Last Updated: 23/04/2014