Details of exhibitions at Ards Arts Centre

3 October 2019 - 25 April 2020

Here is a list of exhibitions on in certain galleries in Ards Art Centre;


Thursday 5 December – Saturday 25 January 2020
The Collection – An exhibition of curated works from the Arts Council Northern Ireland Collection.

Currently the collection holds over 600 works by established and emerging visual artists working in Northern Ireland. Many artists represented in the collection have major national and international reputations; others are of significant local and national interest.

Thursday 30 January – Saturday 22 February
Anamnesis - An exhibition by Claire Mooney, Saffron Monks-Smith and Ruairí Jordan

Anamnesis is a group show by silversmith Claire Mooney, painter/printmaker Saffron Monks-Smith, and designer/photographer Ruairí Jordan. 
Featured artists will interpret ideas of remembering, past existences and heritage, exploring the idea of memory and the distortion that can occur over time. The three graduates of Ulster University will come together to display a selection of collaborative work alongside their individual artistic responses within their areas of practice.

Thursday 27 February – Wednesday 25 March
Under the Phoenix Eye - An exhibition by Raquel Amat Parra

Under the Phoenix Eye is a product of a residence program that Raquel Amat Parra undertook at Guanlan Original Printmaking Base in China during summer 2019.
Raquel’s stay in this 300 year old village and its breath taking landscape inevitably influenced her work. The spark of the work came from the Melaluca trees in her daily route towards the studio. Being core to the invention of Egyptian papyrus and its relevance between paper and printmaking created a strong connection to further develop this topic. 
Raquel collected bark, bamboo, leavers and natural materials as a first-hand resource both to create her own tools and marks for her imagery.

Wednesday 1 April - Saturday 25 April
Stuart Bailie Photographs

As one of our most respected commentators, Stuart Bailie has often observed music history in the making. His writing has graced the pages of NME, Mojo, Uncut, Q, Vox, Hot Press and The Times, among others. Recently he’s received rave reviews for his book Trouble Songs: Music and Conflict in Northern Ireland. He has also been a respected broadcaster and author of TV and radio documentaries. As co-founder of the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, he was its first CEO from 2008 – 16. As a photographer, he has captured some wonderful portraits of musicians and artists. This exhibition offers a chance to enjoy a selection of his camera work, and Stuart will also offer a short talk to open the exhibition as part of the Ards International Guitar Festival.


Thursday 5 December – Saturday 25 January 2020
Placing Importance on The Everyday – A solo exhibition by Aly Harte

Acclaimed artist Aly Harte has unveiled her new collection of 12 original artworks to celebrate women. Each woman in the collection represents the various pattern of Aly's daily life and family – from mothers of her children’s school friends to women she encounters at the gym, women whom she has known since childhood and self-employed mums, just like herself.

Thursday 30 January – Saturday 22 February
Hello Dolly - An exhibition by participants of Head Peace CIC

A community installation of sculpture, textile design and painting techniques. 
“Empowering people to take control of their own well-being through inclusion, involvement and appreciation. “
The re-imagining of a doll, as a symbol of connection to family and community, is a result of weekly workshops involving, intuitive art techniques, materials and supportive conversation.  In the process of relating to others we are truly relating to ourselves. The Hello Dolly idea is driven by a deep understanding of the power of creativity to soothe, express, explore and bring into reality.  
Facilitated by artist Elaine Mcginn in conjunction with Caroline Izett, project coordinator of Head Peace CIC.

Hello Dolly

Wednesday 1 April - Saturday 25 April
Granda's Windbreak - An exhibition by Patricia Kelly

Having grown up on a hill-top farm in Fermanagh with views encompassing Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo, Patricia is Inspired by landscape. Patricia believes the farm labour of the past is why her work is now so tactile in nature and the process of making so physical. Patricia’s textile work is metaphorical rather than a direct translation of the landscape exploring memory and personal feelings. Person and place have become linked and increasingly important. Recent work featuring Granda’s Windbreak is reminiscent of her own personal heritage and has been completed with clothing from three generations of her family.

3 October 2019 - 25 April 2020

Opening Times

  • Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm
  • Friday 9am-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm (subject to exhibitions)
  • Sunday closed


  • Free

Contact Details

  • Address Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall Conway Square Newtownards BT23 4NP
  • Telephone 028 9181 0803
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