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 OutsideExhibit at Gallery

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



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. 


Raymond-Martinez-ArtworkRaymond Martinez Solo Exhibition

Saturday 1 July – Saturday 2 September 2017 

Raymond Martinez was born in the coastal town of Barry, South Wales of Welsh–Spanish parentage. He spent much of his early years growing up in Barry. During his final year at Grammar School he was awarded the Vale of Glamorgan Scholarship allowing him to study for his first degree in Fine Art at the Cardiff College of Art in 1959.


Following his studies in Cardiff, Martinez, was accepted by the Slade School of Fine Art in London, his studies there culminating in an award of first prize for both landscape and figurative painting. After this, followed, a post graduate year at the Slade, during which time Martinez won the Abbey Major Scholarship 1962-63 held at The British School of Rome in Italy and also won ‘The Gulbenkian Foundation Award’ from the work he produced during this year. As a result, he was invited by the Lefevre Gallery, London, to exhibit a solo show. Martinez relationship with the Lefevre Gallery continued with the artist showing biannual solo exhibitions until 1977.


This long term association with the Lefevre allowed Martinez to return to Italy to live and continue his work there. He initially lived and worked in Rome and later in Tuscany where he had a studio in the Tuscan hills. The Italian landscape played an important role in the paintings Martinez produced there. During his time, he exhibited at the Vaccarino Gallery in Florence and at the Schneider Gallery in Rome. Virtually all of his work was produced in Italy until 2007, when Martinez decided once again to return to the UK. His first major exhibition after his return was in London was at the Cork Street Gallery in 2009, entitled ‘The Four Seasons’ the theme was reflected in this series of work.


Now permanently living in the UK, Martinez has returned to his roots in Wales, and has developed a new series of works based on his original love of the sea and his life here in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan.


VOGA – Vale of Glamorgan Artists

09 September - 21 October 2017

Vale of Glamorgan Artists (VOGA) began in March 1997 and this year they celebrate their 20th Anniversary. The group of painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, artists working in 3D and computer graphics, are mark this special occasion with this exhibition.  It is an exciting opportunity to see this group of local artists work and experience the impact that the visual arts can have between the artist, their work and the audience.  

Old photo of Knap

Picture the Vale - PAST TIMES

30 October – 06 January 2018

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary, of Barry Library and Art Central Gallery, on show, is a collection of digitalised images of library archives and pictures contributed by local people from the five Vale towns. It is part of the ‘Peoples Collection Wales’ held at the The National Library, Aberystwyth. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some exciting memories from the past including elephants bathing at Watchtower Bay, the town centers of yesteryear, street parties, school class photographs and much more.