Located in the beautifully restored Georgian Town Hall in the centre of Newtownards, Ards Arts Centre delivers a jam-packed programme of visual arts exhibitions, creative classes and workshops, performances of live music, dance and drama. Included in the arts programme are the annual festivals Ards International Guitar Festival and the Puppet Festival.

Ards Arts Centre has taken a proactive role in the development of an arts programme, community outreach, and artistic development to increase the quality and accessibility of arts within the Borough.

Housing two galleries for temporary exhibitions – the Georgian Gallery and the Sunburst Gallery – Ards Arts Centre hosts a thriving diverse visual arts programme of monthly exhibitions featuring local, national and international professional artists, touring exhibitions, as well as community initiatives and art organisations.

Fans of live music can kick back, relax, and enjoy the best affordable live music in town with our ever popular Friday Night Live series featuring the best of the local music scene in the atmospheric surroundings of the Londonderry Room.

If you are after a hands-on creative experience, then enrol on one of our weekly creative classes or one-day workshops including; drawing, painting, sculptural textiles, figurative ceramics, guitar classes, patchwork, and mosaics to name just a few!

WATCH AND LISTEN selected music videos

Watch and Listen – Loucin


VOTI – Newcastle Jazz Festival 2021


VOTI – Robert Mitchell’s 50th Birthday Concert


VOTI – Julian Siegel: Tales from the Jacquard


APPJAG Review of Jazz in England


Watch and Listen – Deemer #2


Watch and Listen – Queen Mab


Watch and Listen – Deemer


Watch and Listen – Ivo Neame


Watch and Listen – Eliza Oakes


Watch and Listen – Isobella Burnham


Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES


Yazz Ahmed In Conversation


Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES


Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 2


Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 1


Watch and Listen – DJ Ritu






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Jim Rattigan

Sep 28, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

Ms Maurice

Sep 27, 2021
  The Cockpit

Faye Patton Nu Jazz Quartet

Oct 16, 2021
  Toulouse Lautrec

Kidderminster Jazz Club – Roger Beaujolais

Oct 7, 2021
  Kidderminster Town Hall

Andrew McCormack’s Graviton

Oct 22, 2021
  The Progress Theatre


Nov 9, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

Wendy Kirkland & Pat Sprakes Sextet

Sep 26, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

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