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Arts and culture

Providing a modern, dynamic, responsive and innovative arts service to the communities of North Ayrshire and beyond.

What's Happening brochure

Download our quarterly What's Happening in North Ayrshire brochure to browse arts and culture activities and performances, or pick up a copy from one of our venues.

Live music

We bring an eclectic mix of live music to Ayrshire, from established and up and coming artists. Our programme features a wide range of musical genres, including rock, country, folk, acoustic sessions and a regular slot from the New Orleans Joymakers, playing traditional jazz. Find live music.

Comedy

Side Splitters Comedy Club brings acts from the comedy circuit to Ayrshire. From established comedians to new kids on the block, our monthly club brings a little light entertainment. Find comedy.

Exhibitions

Our exhibition programme captures a range of both traditional and contemporary art from local and national artists, in a variety of different media. Sometimes vibrant, sometimes challenging, but always thought provoking.

Entry to our exhibition space is free. Find exhibitions.

Enquire about exhibiting your work in our gallery space. 

Art online

The Public Catalogue Foundation has digitised the UK's national collection of oil paintings, making art in public collections more accessible. Enjoy our art collection from your arm chair.

Theatre

Experience live productions in our intimate theatre space. From edgy drama, to one man performances. From comedy to tragedy. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be on the edge of your seat as you are gripped by the storylines and moved by the performers. Take a break from TV soap operas and support the performing arts. Find theatre.

Workshops and classes

Encouraging and developing creativity, we have an extensive programme of workshops and classes for all age groups facilitated by professional tutors. Choose from art, craft, drama, musical theatre, creative writing and more. Try something new or develop your passion. Find classes.

How to buy tickets

Join our text alert service or mailing list

Sign up for our texting service to receive information on a variety of events.

Text your NAME and one, or some, of the following; Arts, Authors, Book Groups, Children’s Events, Classes, Comedy, Exhibitions, Film, Music, Theatre to 07950080709.

Join our mailing list and receive regular updates on up and coming events. Fill in a Mailing List Request Form (Word, 41kb) and return it to us.

Nurturing Excellence in arts and culture

Supporting talented young people to realise their full potential in the field of arts and culture. Find out more.

Hire the Harbour Arts Centre

Need a venue? The Harbour Arts Centre could be the unique venue you are looking for to host your; conference, seminar, corporate entertaining, product launch or private function. Situated on the picturesque Irvine harbour side, the arts centre has two multi-purpose studio spaces, gallery space, an intimate theatre and a welcoming, family run, café/bar.

To discuss your requirements or arrange a visit please contact us.

Friends of the Harbour Arts Centre

Are you passionate about arts and culture in North Ayrshire? Would you like to gain some experience working in an arts venue? If you can spare a few hours, why not consider volunteering as a Friend of the Harbour Arts Centre? You could help with exhibitions or administration, work front of house or behind the scenes. Find out more about volunteering.

Contact Us

Contact Harbour Arts Centre