What’s going on in the ARC?

The ARC (Arts Resource Centre) is now open and ready for the art!

We’re here to provide facilities and support for artists and organisations throughout Northern Ireland.

The ARC is located in Donegall Street Place in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Currently we provide:

  • The Performance Café
  • workshop spaces
  • wet and dry room
  • venue
  • gallery space
  • and soon a recording studio.

The ARC is a shared community arts resource centre

Belfast’s newest cradle of creativity

It has been New Belfast Community Arts Initiative t/a Community Arts Partnership’s long-held intention to develop a dedicated multi-purpose community arts centre in heart of Belfast city centre. Since 2003, CAP and others have sought the development of a physical space, where the additional benefits of concentrating and clustering creative and socially-economic activity can multiply the capacity of the organisation and see more significant and crucially sustainable creative development emerge.

Community Arts Partnership believes that the creation of a multi-purpose community arts centre will considerably enhance the cultural life of the area, but it would also benefit communities, visitors and the city as a whole. Such development would:

  • develop cultural product within Northern Ireland
  • increase opportunities for participation in and access the arts, especially for the marginalised
  • increase opportunities to develop skills level within the workforce across all sectors, including the arts and creative industries
  • increase work opportunities in the arts
  • bring all sections of the community together through the arts
  • use the arts as a tool to assist in the regeneration of Belfast city and promote the city as a cultural tourist destination
  • significantly enhance the sustainability of Community Arts Partnership, the lead agency in the delivery of community arts in the region
  • offer a new, small scale, performance venue

The Arts Resource Centre Venue Hire

The ARC has several spaces available for hire in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

The Performance Café

Is 116 metres squared (1250 square foot) and includes a café, a small stage and can hold 90 people (max).

The Workshop

Is 52 metres squared (557 square foot) and can hold 15 people, when used as a workshop space and 20 people (for other uses).

The Geoff Harden Music and Recording Studio

will be coming soon, but would currently be suitable as a rehearsal space.

If you would like to hire any of these spaces then please use the form opposite. Special rates apply for charities, community groups etc.

artist forms link

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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.