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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. FREE admission 


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


Open Books – Chinese Folding Books and Works on Paper 

  • Saturday 13 April – Saturday 11 May 2019

Open Books began in 2010, following local (Barry) artist Mary Husted’s visit to China. The exhibition is showing a series of folding books, and wall works on paper. Since its inception, Husted with Welsh and other artists from around the world have contributed and shown their beautifully created open books.


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The first exhibition was held at the National Library of Wales in 2012 and since in Bristol and China, where in 2013 a collaboration with the Sanshang Museum of Contemporary Art, gave birth to the first international show that included some of the world’s most famous folding book artists before going on to Hong Kong, Canada and India.


Today, this Open Books exhibition has become a forum of exchange between artists, curators and visitors across the globe.


Returning to Wales this exhibition in collaboration with the'Paper Exchange' at Bay Arts presents the challenge: what happens if we exchange our normal working materials for others? And is in partnership and Sanshang Museum of Contemporary Art.


Opening Event: Saturday 13 April 2019, 2.00pm - 4.00pm


A Year in the Life of Barry

  • Saturday 18 May – Saturday 1 June


A-Year-in-the-Life-of-Barry--photoPhotographer Kevin Moore celebrates local people. After over a year of taking photographs Kevin has successfully captured thousands of images of ordinary people in ordinary places, at work and leisure in the town of Barry. 


This exciting exhibition invites the viewer to enjoy, reflect and reminisce over familiar faces and places in celebration of the local community.


The show is running during Dementia awareness week (20 -26 May) and is contributing to the events taking place in Barry and the wider area, inviting anyone to enjoy with family and friends our recently awarded Dementia Friendly Gallery.


Opening Event: Saturday 18 May

Cardiff and the Vale College End of Year show

  • Saturday 8 June – Saturday 22 June

Cardiff and the Vale College student’s end of year show is an exciting collection of innovative and mixed media art and design work. Focussing on personal approaches to their subject areas and creative techniques, the exhibition evidences the challenges the students have addressed during their courses. Exhibiting in Art Central Gallery supports the student in achieving professional recognition in the development of their future careers.


Opening Event: Thursday 13 June, 6.00pm – 8.00pm


Exhibits 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.



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.  



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.