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'.

Venue Type:

Gallery

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.

The Hot Pot Project

  • 24 January — 14 June 2015 *on now

The Ceramic Gallery is the focus of an evolving exhibition of ceramics from the Ann Carr Collection, a major donation of Michael Cardew and Wenford Bridge pottery. The displays are used to instigate pottery and cooking activities including installation, storytelling, creative writing and community events for adults and children.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/hot-pot-project

Inside Welsh Homes

  • 11 April — 6 June 2015 *on now

Images drawn from the Royal Commission’s unique visual archive of the architecture and archaeology of Wales, offering a privileged glimpse inside Welsh homes over time: from cottages to country houses
from medieval hall-houses to post-war pre-fabs.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/inside-welsh-homes

British Wildlife Photography

  • 23 May — 18 July 2015 *on now

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the formidable talents of photographers working in Britain and highlight the diversity of Britain’s natural history. The categories of work include animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits and marine life among others, as well as junior and school awards.

“... Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife” Chris Packham, TV presenter and naturalist.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/british-wildlife-photography

Clive Hicks-Jenkins: Dark Movements

  • 11 June — 25 July 2015

The Mari Lwyd or ‘grey mare’, a Welsh midwinter tradition, has been a key influence in the work of artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Dark Movements is a multi media presentation of works inspired by the story. This exhibition will include a number of works from the original series of large scale drawings which the artist made following his father‘s death
works articulating a private grief and fear as well as exploring deep rooted cultural beliefs. Exhibited alongside these will be new paintings and animated film using the artist’s puppetry figures, as well as examples of the ‘shadow puppet’ models which Clive uses in his painting practice. Puppets and models from the 2013 performance of the chamber work inspired by the artist's Mari Lwyd series, ‘The Mare’s Tale’ (composer Mark Bowden and librettist Damian Walford Davies) will also be on show.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/clive-hicks-jenkins-dark-movements

Lin S F Huang: Silk Road to China

  • 13 June — 1 August 2015

An ancient route paved with the footprints of traders, pilgrims, monks, merchants, soldiers and wanderers, the Silk Road has been the cultural, religious and economic corridor between East and West civilizations for over two thousand years. This exhibition of black & white photography captures the mystery of this ancient path and the serenity and beauty of rural China.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/lin-s-f-huang-silk-road-china

Philip Eglin

  • 20 June — 9 August 2015

Philip Eglin makes ceramics that often reference British ceramic traditions and include motifs of contemporary culture. He will be making new work in response to the Welsh and English slipware in the Aberystwyth University Ceramic Collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/philip-eglin

Amanda Jackson: To Build a Home

  • 25 July — 19 September 2015

Amanda Jackson captures the day-to-day activities of the community of the Lammas Tir Y Gafel Eco Village in Pembrokeshire. The photographs show the diversity of a community life where minimal ecological impact is a priority. Whilst freedom to explore nature is clearly nurtured, in photographs such as “YouTube Friday” we see how the members of the community are embracing modern day technology but in a sustainable way, using hydro-electricity. Sometimes contradictory, often humorous, these photographs evoke a timelessness while capturing a growing modern movement.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/amanda-jackson-build-home

We Are All Born Free

  • 8 August — 3 October 2015

An unique collection of pictures for children that illustrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Artists from all over the world have offered their personal interpretation of the Articles in the Declaration, making them easy to understand for anyone aged 6 and over. This exhibition is promoted by Amnesty International.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/amanda-jackson-build-home

Artist Rooms: Robert Mapplethorpe

  • 8 August — 7 November 2015

For its first project with ARTIST ROOMS, Aberystwyth Arts Centre will present an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography. Mapplethorpe is recognised as one of the key artists of the late 20th century and the Centre is delighted to be able to bring this outstanding collection of his work to its audiences. Encompassing self portraits and portraits from throughout the artist’s career, as well as a selection of still life works, the exhibition will allow audiences in Wales to experience something of the quality and the range of Mapplethorpe’s extraordinary oeuvre.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an innovative learning and participation programme to engage and develop audiences throughout the showing period, which will include events instigated and directed by young people from the area.

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/other-venues/display/robert-mapplethorpe-aberystwyth-arts-centre

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

Website

www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

Telephone

01970 622882

Fax

01970 622883

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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