Reopening of Ards Arts Centre

We are pleased to announce that Ards Arts Centre reopened its doors to visitors on Monday 28 September. The building has been closed to the public since mid-March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Both of the Arts Centre’s galleries are now open for socially distanced visits, featuring exhibitions that originally opened in March before lockdown. ‘Under The Phoenix Eye’ by Raquel Amat Parra will be showing in The Georgian Gallery and ‘All Daughters’ by Sharon Canning will be on display in The Sunburst Gallery until Thursday 8 October.

There will also be the opportunity for hands-on art and craft activity too with the commencement of the Autumn Creative Class Programme on Monday 12 October. The six-week programme will include drawing, painting, floral art, jewellery-making and lots more. The classes are currently open for enrolment here:

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, social distancing measures are in operation and visitors are encouraged to sanitise their hands at sanitisation stations dotted around the building. Group sizes should be kept to a minimum and everyone will be encouraged to respect social distancing. In line with current Government guidelines, visitors are also asked to wear a mask when in the galleries and public areas.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said: “It is fantastic to see Ards Arts Centre open to the public again. Engaging with the arts is so important for well-being especially in these difficult times and I hope everyone will come along and enjoy the wonderful exhibitions or sign-up to one of the creative classes.”

Emily Crawford, Arts and Heritage Manager for Ards and North Down Borough Council also commented: “We are delighted to reopen the Arts Centre after 6 months of closure. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the building and getting our new class programme under way. We recognise the importance of participating in creative activity and how this can have a positive impact on wellbeing. After such a challenging year we are excited to be able to provide opportunities for engaging in arts and creativity again with beautiful exhibitions and socially distanced hand-on activity.’’

Admission to Ards Arts Centre is free. Please note that due to essential maintenance, the front door of the building will not be in use for a period of time this autumn and visitors are asked to use the emergency exit door to the right of the building for access.

The Arts Centre will reopen under new reduced opening times: Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 4.30pm and Friday 9.30am – 4pm.

For more information, please visit our new website:

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.