The Gate Arts Centre

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Coordinates: 51°29′28″N 3°10′08″W / 51.491°N 3.169°W / 51.491; -3.169

The logo of the Gate Arts Centre

The Gate Arts Centre (often just referred to as the Gate) is a vibrant community building which is located in Keppoch Street, just off City Road, in the Roath suburb of Cardiff. The Gate is in a Grade 2 listed building (in what was formerly the Plasnewydd Presbyterian Church) and was opened in September 2004.

Recently[when?] Songs of Praise was filmed here for BBC.


Throughout the week a variety of courses and workshops are held at the centre ranging from dance to creative writing. The Gate Arts Centre Weekly Classes


The Gate Arts Centre also offers drama classes. The theatre is often used for performances and plays. The Saturday morning theatre group, Performers, uses the venue regularly and uses the upstairs theatre for its performances.


The Gate Arts Centre

After four years of planning and refurbishment under the guidance of architect Rob Cruwys, it opened the Gate doors in September 2004.

The Grand Theatre, formerly an upper section of the church, is now a spectacular performance space seating up to 350 on the original wooden pews which now span a raked gallery floor. The architectural beauty of the original church provides an area to inspire performers and offers an intimate setting for audiences.

The Dance Studio still features the original intricately carved pulpit and elaborate columns, adding character to the highly functional dance space.

Two Exhibition Galleries are housed in the Gate, the first around a wonderful glazed screen and curved pew (originally the front entrance to the church), the other constructed against the original exterior stone wall which is still visible.

A stylish cafe bar has been formed in the original schoolroom, the oldest part of the building dating back to 1896

The Gate has a range of spaces available including an auditorium in which visiting theatre and musical groups are able to perform. There is also a bar and an exhibition space. Local celebrities have been known to hang out here including Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson.


Among the founders of the community was Rob Lacey, his wife Sandra Harnich-Lacey still uses the venue for her theatre school, "Performers".


Recently local musician and BBC Radio Wales presenter Mal Pope performed at the Gate. Oxjam Cardiff Chill also took place at the venue last October.


The Gate is housed in a 100-year-old Grade II listed building. Formally the Plasnewydd Presbyterian Church, it is located in Keppoch Street in the Roath area of Cardiff.

The Gate centre was purchased in 2000 and underwent a four-year redevelopment with the aid of £1.2M from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £1.2M from a private individual and £400,000 from the Welsh Assembly Government. After four years of planning and refurbishment under the guidance of architect Rob Cruwys, it opened its doors in September 2004.

It is now a modern, multi-functional arts centre with its architectural integrity completely preserved.

Our solicitors store a number of historical documents relating to the Gate including:

History at the Gate

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