Newcastle Arts Centre Limited was founded as an Arts Development company in 1981. Since then it has brought back to use a group of 9 abandoned buildings in the City Centre and has provided home for dozens of arts related companies. The Centre now has 94,000 visitors a year, making it one of the most active independent Art Centres in England.
The Centre shows Exhibitions, Music and some theatre. It has Studios making Music, Architectural Glass and Graphic Design. It has a Gallery, Performance Venue, Bar, Conference Rooms, and shops for Art Materials, Original Crafts, and Picture framing.
Opened in 1988 by Prince Charles and built on the site of a Roman MileCastle the Arts Centre provides space for cultural industries and creative projects that Art, Craft, design and Movies.
Projects include the Jazz Café, exhibitions and the restoration of the Assembly House at 55/57 Westgate Road
The gallery at the Arts Centre presents both historic and contemporary work with a regional connection.
Newcastle Arts Centre has a central high street location only 100 metres from Newcastle Central Station and Metro. This popular and versatile group of historic buildings have been skilfully restored to provide a fully licensed theatre, music, dance and exhibition facilities.
The Centre can cope with up to 2,000 visitors per day and provide meeting space for as few as 20 up to a maximum of 200 people.
Good acoustics and flexible lighting support good technical facilities in the Black Swan Venue, which has a fine cellar bar and provide bespoke party and wedding planning, as well as a programme of Salsa and cabaret evenings.
The Jazz Cafe began in our premises on Pink Lane thirty years ago and was operated independently by the late Kieth Crombie until 2012. To keep the programme alive we refurbished it and reopened in 2014 . In 2018 we successfully completed the transfer of live music programme and kitchen operation to our two existing venues within the Arts Centre. The Pink Lane venue is now operated by Mitch Mitchel as Prohibition venue and bar.
Newcastle Arts Centre is home to the region’s best art materials store Details, Frameshop a bespoke picture framing workshop and our original Craftshop.
In 2012 a programme of Art courses and workshops was launched with a continuously developing curriculum of educational adult learning courses being run in the Arts Centre Studios, that has grown into a substantial and very popular programme.