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.

The Human Face

  • 27 January — 12 March 2016 *on now

An opportunity to see portraits by some of the 20th Century's best known British artists, with works by many artists including Stanley Spencer, John Bellany, Jacob Epstein and Elizabeth Frink. With a wide range of technique and medium, this lively and inspiring exhibition reflects the diversity of approach possible towards a perennial subject, and offers a welcome opportunity to see works by well loved artists.

This exhibition draws on one of the best private collections of modern British art, the Ingram Collection of Modern & Contemporary Art; which is owned by Chris Ingram, a media entrepreneur, and has been "created with exemplary visual flair and an unerring eye for quality". (Robert Upstone, Director Fine Art Society and former Tate curator)



The Road to Peace

  • 6 February — 16 March 2016 *on now

This Exhibition charts the challenging road to peace over the past 100 years, engaging with themes of peace, tolerance and international understanding; focussing on iconic figures and the search for radical solutions to conflict. We are grateful to Tavistock Peace Group for the loan of the exhibition.



Andrew McNeill: Under the Bridge: being homeless in Cardiff

  • 9 February — 9 April 2016 *on now

Andrew McNeill is best known for his photographic work in South East Asia; looking closer to home he has now completed a project on the homeless in Cardiff. The Cardiff-born photographer spent months building relationships with those he photographed, sleeping rough on the streets with them to gain an insight in to their daily lives; resulting in this very powerful suite of portraits.



Hollow: Jenny Hall

  • 23 March — 7 September 2016

Taking a copper mine as a source of inspiration this exhibition explores the creative destruction involved in the act of construction. The mine is represented as a large hollow sculpture in the gallery and loose cardboard boxes represent the ‘ore’ that has been extracted from inside.

The public are invited to move, stack, connect and build with this ore while occupying and considering the empty space left behind. The exhibition also explores displacement: of an idea, of a material. Cardboard boxes are the perfect material for expressing a thing displaced, these connect together with magnets.



James Morris: Inhabitation

  • 26 March — 21 May 2016

These photographs by James Morris show the buildings on the shortlist for the 2015 Gold Medal for Architecture at the National Eisteddfod; including private homes, a small housing development and a school.

The photographer was asked to focus on ‘inhabitation’ : “Too often, architectural photography leaves out the people, possessions and activities which fill spaces and accompany everyday life. A focus on how buildings are inhabited supports the Commission’s view that good design contributes to the quality of people’s everyday lives and to their communities.”



Ruth Thomas and Linda Asterlitz

  • 16 April — 18 June 2016

The latest in a series of joint exhibitions for American artist Linda Alterwitz and British artist Ruth Thomas. Both artists draw inspiration from their immediate environment and, through printmaking and photography, throw light on subjects which are generally hidden from view or simply go unnoticed.

The collagraph prints of Ruth Thomas reflect the area of rural Wales where she lives, through the use of natural materials and organic structures. Linda Alterwitz often photographs her more urban surroundings, and by layering these with medical images such as radiographs and scans, she makes connections between art and science.



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




01970 622882


01970 622883

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