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Ards Arts

Ards Arts Centre is the Arts Service of Ards and North Down Borough Council and provides an extensive programme of arts events including: creative classes and workshops, exhibitions, community arts, and performances of live music, dance, and drama.
Our programme also features festivals; including the annual Ards International Guitar Festival, Ards International Puppet Festival, Aspects Irish Literature Festival, and Creative Peninsula!

Ards Arts Centre is the beautifully restored Georgian Town Hall in the centre of Newtownards.
Two galleries host exhibitions by professional local, national and international artists and community arts initiatives.

Some performance events in our programme take advantage of other suitable venues throughout the Borough.


The Arts Centre is fully accessible on all areas on the ground and first floors of the building. There is a lift to the first floor of the building and an accessible toilet is located on the ground floor. There is an Audio Induction Loop System in Room 1.

If you are attending an event, exhibition or class at Ards Arts Centre and have any particluar accessibility requirements, please contact us in advance on 028 9181 0803 and we will be happy to assist to ensure you have an enjoyable visit.

Ards Arts Committee

Ards and North Down Arts and Heritage Panel is an advisory panel of Ards and North Down Borough Council.

The panel meets bi-monthly to plan the provision of a high quality arts and heritage programme to citizens of the Borough.

The members of the panel include local Councillors representing all elected political parties, and local artists and individuals who are involved in the many facets of the arts and heritage within the Borough.

Ards Arts Committee

Rooms in Ards Arts Centre may be hired by members of the public for a variety of uses including meetings, conferences, and small events.

To enquire about booking the Arts Centre please contact:
Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP,
Email arts@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk
Telephone 028 9181 0803

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