Details of exhibitions at Ards Arts Centre

1 January 2020 - 25 April 2020

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


Until 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.


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.

1 January 2020 - 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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