Common Time 2019

Kenneth Clark

Boy on top of staircase

Kenneth Clark Society cards 

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The Kenneth Clark Society is the College Art History society named after the Old Wykehamist who was arguably the most influential art historian of the twentieth century. The Society's President is appointed each term. As well as organising lectures by outside speakers (which are open to all), members of the Society also give lectures in the School and to outside groups. For instance, a party from the Royal Academy was recently shown around the College treasures. In Common Time the President is the adjudicator of the Junior Kenneth Clark Prize which is open to boys in the lower three years. Each boy gives an illustrated five minute talk on a work of art or architecture of their choice.  

A major Community Service project was executed by members of the Society which involved the design and construction of a memorial garden at Osborne School in Winchester. Members of the Society have also acted as curators of exhibitions of some College collections such as the watercolours and additionally are responsible for the Pictorial Roll and the augmentation of the digital art library.

Christmas cards, greetings cards and postcards of the College have been published by the Kenneth Clark Society. These include images Cornell Capa took in 1951 for a LIFE magazine article. The profit from their sale is used to fund charitable projects such as taking groups of local primary school children to the New Art Centre at Roche Court.

Former pupils who are now studying art history, fine art or architecture at university, or are working in the art world, are able to meet current Wykehamists at an annual dinner.  

Previous lecturers have included Jack Pringle, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Professor John Lowden of the Courtauld Institute, Lucinda Chambers, Fashion Director of Vogue, Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum and Anya Hindmarch.