Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development. Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University and a member of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Arts Centre sits at the heart of the university's campus, with stunning views over the town of Aberystwyth and along the coastline of Cardigan Bay.

https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
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Aberystwyth Arts Centre
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Aberystwyth Arts Centre is open seven days a week throughout the year offering a full programme of theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, film, literature, comedy and a wide range of performing and visual arts classes and courses that would be the envy of many cities far larger than Aberystwyth. The very busy programme over the summer months includes festivals and a large scale summer season theatre production, to appeal to the core audience as well as the large visitor and tourist market. We present and raise the profile of Welsh artist and performers, and programme work in both English and Welsh as part of our core programme, reflecting our bilingual community, whilst also placing this in the context of an international outlook, as with the University.

The Arts Centre’s aim is to provide a cultural facility that is welcoming to everyone, whatever their age, background or experience. As well as presenting an amazing programme of professional work the Arts Centre runs one of the largest of community arts programmes in Wales, encouraging people to get involved in the arts in all its different aspects. The Stage School, Youth Theatre and Dance School have helped many an individual through from their first steps on the dance floor or stage, into professional performance careers, whilst many visual artists first found their own style and honed their talents in our weekly art classes. The Community Arts participatory programme is in many ways the keystone to the Arts Centre success. In a rural location with a relatively small population it is that active involvement in the arts, the making and performing that has built the lasting relationship between the community and the Arts Centre and an appreciation of the Centres’ wider artistic programme. The 80,000 attenders of the Community Arts Programme clearly show how much it is valued.

The Theatre seats 312 people and its programme is a mixture of professional and community productions, plus increasingly in-house professional productions which are also taken out on tour. The programme includes a wide range of theatre, dance, opera, comedy, musicals and family events.

The Studio seats 60-80 and offers a smaller, more intimate space for new and experimental work, literature readings and as a location to support new and emerging artists and performers.

The Great Hall holds up to 1250 people, and is used for a wide range of music concerts, theatre productions, light entertainment, as well as University events including Graduation Ceremonies. The flexible space means it can also be used for trade shows, conferences, weddings and other special events, which generate significant income for the Arts Centre.

The Cinema seats 112 and as well as films, screens live links from around the world including the New York Met, Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre. The Cinema shows at least two films every day of the week, plus Silver Screenings, Parent and Baby screenings, Film Society, Cult Film Series, and numerous festivals – from the Abertoir horror festival to the WOW Wales One World Film Festival and more.

Gallery 1 is the main exhibition gallery which showcases the very best of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, installations and new media and digital work. Gallery 2 provides a focus for print and photography work, whilst the Café Gallery provides a more informal setting for smaller scale work. The Ceramics Gallery showcases the best in contemporary ceramics from around the world and is also home to the University’s outstanding Ceramic Collection. The Arts Centre is recognised by the Arts Council as one of key members of the network of major galleries in Wales and is the principle regional contemporary art gallery for Mid and West Wales.

Workshop spaces for the Community Arts programme include four purpose built dance studios, ceramic studio, 3D studio, 2D studio, two rehearsal spaces, music room, photographic suite and a Digilab. The Arts Centre encourages participation in a whole range of artforms by students, staff and the local community through the use of its resources, facilities and provision of professional expertise.

The Arts Centre’s facilities are also used for conferences, television recording and meetings, with full service and catering provided in-house.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University and a member of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such we have close links with our academic colleagues in many departments, not just limited to the arts.

Aber is a welcoming, open and free thinking place to live and work, and the Arts Centre relects this in our programme and vision. We aim to be:

  • Ambitious
  • Innovative
  • People Centred
  • Bilingual
  • Responsible
  • International
  • Community Based
  • Open
  • Collaborative

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