Chapter Arts Centre

Front entrance taken June 2009

Chapter Arts Centre (often just referred to as Chapter) is an arts centre in Canton, Cardiff, Wales, opened in 1971.


Chapter hosts films, plays, performance art and live music, and includes a free art gallery, café and bars. There are also over 60 work spaces, used for an eclectic range of purposes including Chapter's own training courses.

Twenty percent of the centre's income comes from the film theatres.[1] It shows mainstream Hollywood films as well as a considerable array of foreign and independent films[2][3] on a regular basis.

The centre receives a major annual grant from the Arts Council for Wales.[1]


  • Gallery spaces
  • Two film theatres (capacities: 188 and 57)
  • Two theatres (capacities: 96 and 60 seated, also standing)
  • Two bars (ground floor has normal opening hours; upstairs is open for specific events)
  • Café
  • Shop
  • Several spaces for hire (varying sizes)
  • Many spaces for ongoing art production, resident artists, etc.


Image taken in 2006, prior to the redevelopment

Chapter was founded by Welsh artists, Christine Kinsey and Bryan Jones with journalist Mike Flood and opened in 1971.[4] The building was previously a school, Canton High School, and was built in 1905.[5]

More recently Chapter underwent a £3.8 million redevelopment, designed by architects Ash Sakula Architects, who were appointed in 2006. The practice prioritised remodelling of the public areas on the ground floor, while adding a storey-high 'light box' above the main entrance as an 'artistic billboard'.[5] The centre remained open through the redevelopment and the new Chapter opened in November 2009. The building won a R.I.B.A. Wales Award in 2010.[6] The new open-plan design was described as user friendly with many great details.[5]

Following the Centre's refurbishment in 2009, the number of visitors doubled to 800,000 per year, making it the second most popular attraction in Cardiff.[7]

As of March 2014 Chapter installed 60 photovoltaic solar panels to their roof providing up to 15KW of electricity.[citation needed]

In the autumn of 2014 Chapter became a venue for the international Artes Mundi exhibition and art prize, which expanded for the first time beyond the National Museum Cardiff.[8]

In December 2015 Chapter announced that the main Theatre and Stiwdio spaces would be renamed to celebrate a significant donation from David Seligman. The spaces will be known as Theatr Seligman Theatre and Stiwdio Seligman.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "More visitors at Chapter Arts Centre despite recession". Wales Online. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Chapter | Film Hub Wales | Canolfan Ffilm Cymru". Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Chapter". Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  4. ^ A Brief History of Chapter Archived 3 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Chapter Arts Centre website. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  5. ^ a b c Rory Olcayto Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, by Ash Sakula Architects, The Architects' Journal, 11 March 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  6. ^ RIBA Awards Archived 10 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, R.I.B.A. website. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  7. ^ Cathy Owen (11 April 2014) "Chapter Arts Centre unveils plans for £6m expansion", WalesOnline. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  8. ^ Emma Crichton-Miller (13 November 2014). "Artes Mundi: international art in Cardiff". Apollo Magazine. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Chapter celebrates significant donation from David Seligman". Chapter. Retrieved 10 December 2015.

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Coordinates: 51°28′59″N 3°12′13″W / 51.48309°N 3.20358°W / 51.48309; -3.20358