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, cabaret space and a licensed café. The range of events on offer include stand-up comedy, theatre, dance and music with particular emphasis on young contemporary work. Regular screenings include broadcasts from the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House and blockbusters, 3D, independent, arthouse and foreign language films. We are committed to employing students in all areas of the organisation and there are also opportunities to get involved through performance and internships.

Fine Art

Studio 3 Gallery is a professional led and student-powered exhibition space in the School of Arts Jarman building. It hosts major exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists throughout the year. Studio 3 is committed to providing students with valuable experience in all aspects of a gallery’s work. The Gallery also holds the Kent Print Collection, a group of over 150 prints acquired by students on our Print Collecting and Curating module, and dating from the Renaissance to the present-day. Other exhibition spaces on campus include the Gulbenkian Crossover Gallery, Keynes Atrium and Gallery, the Rutherford Panopticon and a new exhibition space in the Templeman Library.


The annual WorldFest at the University, which celebrates Kent’s international community and ethos, features many activities and events, all with an international theme. Other events include regular Open Lectures, given by a mixture of public figures and newly appointed professors, Europe Day and a range of cultural events and festivals including Chinese New Year, Diwali and Thanksgiving.

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.

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Last Updated: 01/06/2017