A year-round venue in Newtownards used for the arts, the performing arts and live music sessions

Update: Tuesday 18 May 2021

Ards Art Centre is reopening on Tuesday 25 May

Visitors to Ards Arts Centre can enjoy ‘Fragments of Memory’ an exhibition by Millie Moore in The Sunburst Gallery. This collection of paintings and charcoal drawings were made in response to reflections and memories of the artist’s daily walks. Last year, Millie visited and walked some ancient bogs in central Ireland and was reminded of Seamus Heaney's observations and descriptive words on found bog bodies. In particular, she is interested in investigating what is hidden or sometimes revealed within the depths of a bogland.

About Ards Arts Centre

A year-round venue in Newtownards used for the arts, the performing arts and live music sessions.

The former Georgian House in Newtownards, now the home of Ards Arts Centre, was designed by Stratford in 1765 and completed in 1770. The ground floor was originally an open space where the market was held with access through six archways. On the east side of the central arch there was a gaol which still exists today. The townspeople were presented with the Market House by the sixth Marquis of Londonderry in 1897. Upstairs, the main function room, with fine plasterwork cornices, is available for hire for small scale events (up to 100 people).

Hosted by the Ards Arts Committee, Ards Arts holds exhibitions, performances, art classes and lectures. Details on performing arts events hosted by Ards Arts are also available from the Centre, as is information on visual art exhibitions on display. Tickets for all performing arts events can be reserved by calling into the centre or by telephoning during opening hours or via website.

Annual events include the Guitar Festival and the Puppet Festival.

Opening Times

  • Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm
  • Late night Wed & Thu: 6.30pm-9.30pm (from 9 June)
  • Saturday: 10am-1pm
  • Sunday - closed


  • Admission Free
  • Charges apply for classes and performances

Contact Details

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