Imperial College Union has a wide variety of student led art and performance groups and activities. From prestigious orchestras and drama societies to belly dancing and photography, there is something for everyone at every level and a fantastic arts community.
Arts and Entertainments Management Group
Music, Art, Drama, Media and Dance all fall under the umbrella of Arts and Entertainments (A&E) which synthesises student led activities through Imperial College Union and the Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Art, Imperial’s arts centre right here on campus. The A&E Facebook page advertises all arts related events which happen at Imperial, so check it out if you want to receive regular updates on the student activities, professional concerts run at Imperial and Gallery exhibitions.
The A&E Management group is run by an Executive Committee - a Chair, Treasurer and Head of Communications. Their role is to support club committees, represent them at Union Council and Clubs, Societies and Projects Board and help resolve inter-club issues.
Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Art
The Blyth Centre provides resources for student and staff to explore music and visual art, through exhibitions, concerts, art classes, music lessons, music practice rooms and art studio.
The Blyth Centre is located on the 5th floor of the Sherfield Building and was opened in 2000 thanks to a generous bequest from the estate of Neville Blyth. It is home to the Blyth gallery where student and external groups can show their work, and a suite of musical practise rooms which can be booked for use through the Imperial College Website. To register to use the rooms, contact Naomi Anderson-Eyles the Blyth Centre Administrator. The Blyth Centre also run an extraordinary lunchtime concert series featuring world renowned artists Piatti Quartet pianist such as Charles Owen and Colin Stone, with weekly concerts free for students and staff. Tuition in piano, violin and singing is also offered by distinguished visiting teachers. The Director of the Blyth Centre is Conductor Oliver Gooch, who also conducts Imperial College Symphony Orchestra.
Come enjoy some of the Blyth Centre's events, including the staple weekly lunchtime concerts and art classes, by checking out What’s On.
Arts, Entertainment and Performance Student Groups you can join
The dance clubs cater for all levels from beginner to expert, many have different classes for different abilities and some don’t require specific equipment or a partner. It's never been easier for new students to see and try everything the Imperial dance societies have to offer, or for old regulars to try something new!
- Dance Club – Latin American, Ballroom, Salsa & Bachata
- ICSM (Medics) Dance – Ballet, Contemporary & Tap
- Dance Company – Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary
- Funkology – Hip Hop & Foundation (Breaking, Popping & Locking)
- K Pop
- Pole & Aerial
Drama & Theatre
Drama performances at Imperial College range from stage performance to tours and pop up plays on the Queen’s Lawn of the South Kensington Campus. Acting and other workshops are organised by some groups, as well as opportunities to be part of a small or large scale show in every way possible. From performing to stage managing and make-up to lighting, whatever your interest is you can find a way to develop skills in drama. The Imperial College Union Concert Hall on South Kensington Campus has been recently renovated, boasting new sloped seating and a foyer which makes it a perfect place to rehearse, plan, perform and enjoy a show. It seats 160 people so plenty of space for everyone.
A huge variety of music groups exist at Imperial College Union and their activities range from casual jam sessions to high profile performances in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Winchester Cathedral and Cadogan Hall.
We are lucky to have an exhibition space, the Blyth Gallery on the 5th floor of the Sherfield Building on the South Kensington campus where clubs and societies such as Art Club and Photography society can exhibit their work. This space is also used by external artists and other groups such as medical art groups. The Art Club have a studio in the west basement in Beit Quad in South Kensington
At Imperial College Union we have a huge variety of media related clubs to get involved in. So if you want to get involved in making movies, watching movies and even trying your hand at writing articles and producing radio shows we will have the club for you. You can be a novice or an expert; everyone is welcome. Training is available from all clubs and its a great way to gain some new skills and experience for you CV, whether as a hobby or as development for a future career