Opening hours

Mon 9am - 4:30pm
Tue 9am - 4:30pm
Wed 9am - 4:30pm
Thur 9am - 4:30pm
Fri 9am - 4pm
Sat 10am - 4pm
Sun Closed

Contact us

+44 (0) 28 9181 0803

Ards Arts Centre
Town Hall,
Conway Square
BT23 4NP


Unleash your creative potential

At Ards Arts Centre we have an extensive programme of creative classes and workshops for both adults and children, with something to suit every interest. So, whether you’d like to learn a new skill, enhance your existing talents, or simply want to relax and enjoy some ‘me’ time in a welcoming environment, there’s no better place to visit.

With more than 30 different classes and workshops on offer, just some of these include:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Patchwork
  • Calligraphy
  • Silversmithing
  • Guitar
  • Children’s art classes

We also host a number of Outreach Taster Workshops at various other venues across the Ards and North Down area, so you can get creative with us wherever you are in the borough.

Our classes run during the following term times: 

  • January – April (up to 10 weeks)
  • May – August (up to 6 weeks)
  • September – December (up to 10 weeks)

Enrolling in our classes and workshops

If you’re interested in joining a class or workshop then you can sign up during the Enrolment Day for that term. Enrolments can also be made after Enrolment Day if there are spaces remaining, but our classes are very popular and often book up quickly, so early sign-up is advised.

ONLINE Enrolment 

We are pleased to reopen Ards Arts Centre to the public again, following a six-month closure due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The safety of our visitors and staff is our upmost priority at this time and we have worked hard behind the scenes to ensure your visit to our building and to our classes will be as safe as possible.

To see our full programme of creative classes and workshops, and to read the FAQs on the measures we have in place for your safety, please visit the Classes & Workshops page.

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