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Located in Newtownards’ beautifully restored Georgian Town Hall in the centre of town, the Ards Arts Centre was originally designed by Stratford in 1765 and completed in 1770. The ground floor was originally an open space where the market was held with access through six archways. On the east side of the central arch there was a gaol which still exists today. The townspeople were presented with the Market House by the sixth Marquis of Londonderry in 1897.
Today, Ards Arts Centre is a welcoming space which supports a wide range of community arts activities alongside our own initiatives. We regularly exhibit artwork in our two professional galleries – the Georgian Gallery and Sunburst Gallery – showcasing local, national and international artists as well as giving space to local projects.
Every year, the Arts Service of Ards and North Down Borough Council (ANDBC) delivers a packed programme of events across the borough, many of which are held at the Ards Arts Centre, from creative weekly workshops and engaging exhibitions, to live music and theatre performances, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what your interest.
Children & Infants
- Baby changing facilities
- Accept coach parties
- All major credit/debit cards accepted
Charges apply for classes and performances