Chapter Arts Centre

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Front entrance taken June 2009

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

Income for the venue largely derives from the film theatre.[citation needed] It shows mainstream Hollywood films as well as a considerable array of foreign and independent films on a regular basis.


  • 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 local artists, Christine Kinsey and Bryan Jones with journalist Mike Flood and opened in 1971.[1] The building was previously a school, Canton High School, and was built in 1905.[2]

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'.[2] 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.[3] The new open-plan design was described as user friendly with many great details.[2]

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.[4] In April 2014 Chapter announced plans for a further £6 million expansion.[4]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A Brief History of Chapter, Chapter Arts Centre website. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  2. ^ a b c Rory Olcayto Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, by Ash Sakula Architects, The Architects' Journal, 11 March 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  3. ^ RIBA Awards, R.I.B.A. website. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  4. ^ a b Cathy Owen (11 April 2014) "Chapter Arts Centre unveils plans for £6m expansion", WalesOnline. Retrieved 2014-04-14.

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