Art Central Gallery

Town Hall, King Square, Barry, CF63 4RW (via library)


Art Central gallery is located in the heart of the county. The exhibition space is a magnificent place to exhibit, visit and appreciate art.


It is a light, flexible and welcoming space. Art Central’s programme includes a varied selection of art by artists, community groups, arts organisations and touring exhibitions.  


Art central gallery Exhibition Image Terry Setch RAC

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Opening Hours

Mon – Fri: 10.00am - 4:30pm Saturday: 10.00am - 3:30pm

FREE admission


Art Central Gallery OutsideExhibits and Events

If you would are interested in exhibiting, running workshops or holding events at Art Central please complete our online application form:

Apply Online


Please note: The application process is competitive and not all applications will be successful.

Hands in airVolunteering 

Do you have an interest in the arts? 


Art Central Gallery is seeking volunteers. 


Volunteers would need to assist visitors and the Arts Development Officer. 


Handmade JewelleryCrafts

Selection of high quality contemporary craft work made by local and international artists.


If you’re interested in displaying and selling your artwork you’ll need to provide details and images of your artwork, a CV and/or a covering letter. 



Frankie Locke,Enomena IIFrankie Locke – Slate Glass Clay                                                                           

15 September – 20 October 2018

Artist Frankie Locke explores land, sea and slate scape’s  engaging with the environment and capturing the atmosphere of place though the changing elements of weather, light and seasons.


Using a variety of media Locke creates the wonders of nature infused in ceramic and glass works.


There will be opportunities to meet and talk to the artist whilst exploring and handling selected pieces from the Art Touch Table on the weekends of Friday 21st and Saturday, 22nd September and the 5th and 6th and 20th October from 10am – 3pm.


Opening: Thursday 20 September, 6.00pm - 8.00pm - All Welcome!


Work from The First World War A Commemorative Anniversary of RemembranceCharles Burton, Peter Catrell and Professor Tony Curtis - The First World War A Commemorative Anniversary of Remembrance

Saturday 27 October – Saturday 1 December

Charles Burton, born 1929 and National Eisteddfod Gold Medal winner at the age of 25, was part of a group of artists from the Rhondda who took their ideas and visions from the South Wales Coal Fields to Cardiff and beyond. Since the 1950s, he has produced a little seen body of work based on the First World War - in the words of the poet and writer Professor Tony Curtis “a powerful, cumulative effect…evoking the whole range of emotions of the Western Front”. Today, Burton lives in the Vale of Glamorgan, an area familiar from his days as Head of Art at the former South Glamorgan College of Education in Barry.


In contrast, Scottish-born Peter Cattrell’s haunting photographic images ‘Echoes of the Great War’ created through different seasons over the past 20 years, transport us to the Western Front scene of some of the bloodiest military battles in history. He completed a degree in Photography at the London College of Printing and has taught at the UAL since 1986. The trigger for the project was the loss of his Great Uncle from Sheffield, a landscape artist who had fought in the war, and research into some of his friends in the battalion who had died.


Opening: Saturday 10 November, 11.00am. All Welcome



Philip Muirden Solo ExhibitionPhilip Muirden Solo Exhibition

Saturday 8 December – Saturday 19 January 2019

Philip Muriden developed a love for painting in his early years and has spent a lifetime immersed in this art form. As Head of Foundation at Newport College of Art, Muirden has exhibited extensively across Wales and the UK.


Working from both “Retinal Experience” and “considerations of surreal and social themes” he produces work that embodies social and political ideas through human, animal and machine imagery. In contrast, he also engages with the natural seascape, shorelines and docklands that surround his South Wales birthplace.


Opening: Saturday 8 December, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. All Welcome.