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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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NPRN23264
Map ReferenceSN58SE
Grid ReferenceSN5987081760
Unitary (Local) AuthorityCeredigion
Old CountyCardiganshire
Type Of SiteARTS CENTRE
PeriodModern
Description
Aberystwyth Arts centre is situated on the Penglais campus of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (Nprn309001). It is one of a number of campus buildings designed by Dale Owen of Percy Thomas Partnership, and completed in 1970-1972. Built to a strongly horizontal design using grey granite aggregrate, the facade is essentially an overhanging rectangle framing of glass with an off-centre overhang. The position of the building providing unobstructed panoramic views over the main piazza style concourse and the sea beyond.

The building was refurbished and extended in 2000, and a new studios complex, designed by Thomas Heatherwick added in 2008.

The Arts Centre includes the Great Hall (seating 900), Theatr y Werin (seating c. 300), 4 art galleries, a cinema, a studio theatre, 2 cafes, a bookshop and various other studios and workshops, including a distinctive round pottery studio.

References:
Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach, Robert Scourfield: Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, pp. 419-421
Arts Centre website