Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a ‘national flagship for the arts’.  A department of Aberystwyth University, 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. The arts centre welcomes over 850,000 visitors a year, including 100,000 attendances for performing arts and events featuring local, national and international work, 236,000 for exhibitions and over 100,000 for the unique community arts and education programme.

Performance Spaces

Theatre: The Arts Centre’s theatre was built in 1972. It seats audiences of 312 in its normal setting.The theatre is the Arts Centre’s main venue for touring companies of national and international reputation.  The Arts Centre produces its own professional summer season show each year, the 2014 production is ‘Sister Act’.  Increasingly the Arts Centre is producing its own in-house productions which then go out on tour – most recently The Government Inspector in partnership with Communicado, which toured Wales, the North of England and Scotland.

Great Hall: The main concert hall accommodates up to 1250 people. Built in 1970, it is a very adaptable space which can be used for events as varied as live bands, symphony orchestra concerts, and top stand-up comedy acts, as well as conferences and for the University’s examinations and Graduation Ceremonies.

Studio: The Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre provides a smaller, more intimate environment for smaller productions and emerging young theatre companies. It is also home to the Art Centre’s Open Platform programme, which enables up and coming artists with a platform and support to showcase their work.  The studio can accommodate 80 if seating is end on, or between 60 and 80 people in the round.

The main exhibition spaces are Gallery 1, which showcases a high quality programme of contemporary art across the year, and Gallery 2, which focuses on print/photography work. The Ceramics Gallery houses both changing exhibitions and examples from the University’s extensive ceramic archive, whilst the Café Gallery showcases work from local artists, or work created on the venue’s main visual arts courses.

A new series of creative units at the Arts Centre, designed by leading architect, Thomas Heatherwick were officially opened in May 2009. The units are home to visual artists, new media companies and publishers.

Workshop space includes specialist dance studios, Digilab, performance and rehearsal rooms, pottery and 3D room, and these spaces are heavily used, mainly for the Arts Centre’s extensive community arts programme which includes work with schools, emerging artists, professional artists, and general access, with evening classes in many art forms, dance school, stage school and youth theatre.

The cinema programme ranges from art house to main stream, and features a number of festivals throughout the year, including WOW: Wales One World Film Festival, and Abertoir, Aberystwyth’s very own horror festival!  Recent digital upgrades now make High Definition and 3D films a very popular choice with audiences, whilst our ‘live streamings’ of performances from the National Theatre, New York Met and Royal Opera House have been a wonderful addition to our programme.

The Arts Centre is home to two award winning cafes which provide a range of hot food, snacks, cakes, and teas and coffees. Vegetarian options are always available, and the menus are prepared freshly each day. Also within the venue (and run in-house) are a Craft & Design Shop which features regular ceramics and jewellery exhibitions, and a Bookshop offering an extensive range of books across all interests. The Arts Centre’s bar is also open daily, and stocks a wide ranges of beverages, from coffees to champagne!

Dafydd Rhys Director: dgr1@aber.ac.uk 01970 622881
Louise Amery, Deputy Director: lla@aber.ac.uk 01970 622889

Artistic Programming Manager:
Gill Ogden: ggo@aber.ac.uk 01970 621512

Marketing Contacts:
Rachel Scurlock, Marketing & Communications Manager: rsl@aber.ac.uk 01970 622894
Alice Wymer, Marketing & Communications Assistant: amw29@aber.ac.uk 01970 622885
Saoirse Morgan, Marketing & Communications Assistant: srm15@aber.ac.uk 01970 622897

Technical contacts: 

Nick Bache – Technical Manager nbb@aber.ac.uk 01970 628874
Pete Lochery – Chief Technician pdl@aber.ac.uk 01970 628773
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For full technical specs please e-mail for details.

Cyfeiriad/Address Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion    SY23 3DE
Ffôn/Phone 01970 622882

Ticket Office – 01970 623232

Ffacs/Fax 01970 622883
Cyswllt/Contact Dafydd Rhys, Director

Louise Amery, Deputy Director

Gill Ogden, Head of Performing Arts, Theatre Programming

Ebost/Email dgr1@aber.ac.uk



Gwefan/Website www.aber.ac.uk/artscentre