Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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The award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is the largest and busiest arts centre in Wales, with a wide-ranging programme of events and activities across all art forms. It is recognised as a national centre for arts development. We welcome over 500,000 visitors a year through our doors, including over 72,000 attendances to our unique community arts and education programme.

The Arts Centre is a department of the University of Wales Aberystwyth, and sits at the heart of the university's campus, with stunning views over the town of Aberystwyth and along the coastline of Cardigan Bay.

In 2000 the Arts Centre completed a major £4.3 million redevelopment project which was largely funded by the National Lottery. We now have facilities unrivalled throughout much of the UK - and are recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'.

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Opening hours

Gallery 1 - Oriel 1
Mon-Wed - 10am-5pm, Thurs - Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

Box Office / Swyddfa Docynnau
Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm Llun - Sadwrn
Sun - 12pm - 5pm Sul

Craft Shop / Siop Gwaith Crefft a Dylunio
Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm Llun - Sadwrn
Sun - 12pm - 5.30pm Sul

Bookshop / Siop Llyfrau
Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm Llun - Sadwrn
Sun - 12pm - 5.30pm Sul

Piazza Café / Caffi'r Piazza
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm Llun - Gwener
Closed Saturday and Sunday / Ar gau Dydd Sadwrn a Dydd Sul

Café / Caffi
Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm Llun - Sadwrn
Sun - 12pm - 5pm Sul

Hot food served 12-2pm, & 5-7.30pm
Bwyd twym ar gael 12-2pm & 5-7.30pm

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
close up photograph of whale skeleton covered in crystals

Stranded - Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey

  • 18 November 2015 — 16 January 2016 *on now

A magnificent and unsettling sight, Stranded - a 6m long Minke whale skeleton encrusted with ice-like alum crystals - arouses a strong visceral response in the viewer.

Like much of the artists’ work this piece centres on issues around climate change; specifically of human-induced changes in the chemistry of the oceans and the threat to marine food cycles. Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey’s works move between various artistic disciplines as well as biology and ecology.

Many visitors will remember their exhibition ‘Sunbathers’- a spectacular huge photographic image grown in grass, part of their acclaimed work with seedling plants researched alongside IBERS Aberystwyth.

In addition to Stranded this current exhibition includes Polar Diamond and the first UK showing of The Ecocide Trials.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 158

  • 28 November 2015 — 30 January 2016 *on now

The annual RPS International Print Exhibition is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world, having been held almost every year since 1854.

The exhibition includes 100 works which were selected from some 5000 submissions by a panel including photographer Richard Billingham and picture editor of the Guardian Bridget Coaker.

Paul Seawright, photographer and Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster commented on the last exhibition: "For me the work that stands out in the exhibition marries excellent photographic skill with ideas, producing prints rich in meaning, message and technique. The subject matter ranges from the sublime and unusual to the everyday".

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Aberystwyth Arts Centre
The University of Wales
Penglais Hill
SY23 3DE




01970 622882


01970 622883

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