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Arts and culture

North Ayrshire Council’s ever changing exhibition programme captures a fantastic range of both traditional and contemporary art from local and national artists.

There’s also a variety of music, comedy and theatre waiting to be discovered.


We have exhibition spaces in North Ayrshire Heritage Centre and Harbour Arts Centre.

Entry to all of our gallery spaces is free. 

Harbour Arts Centre

Irvine’s Harbour Arts Centre is North Ayrshire's venue for music, comedy, theatre and arts. Situated on the picturesque harbourside, this welcoming multifunctional arts centre provides a quality programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy. You can also call into the hacbar for food and drink in informal surroundings.

For more information visit Harbour Arts Centre.

Opening hours
  • Monday: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 10 am - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Friday: 9:30am - 4pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 4:30pm
  • Sunday: 11am - 4:30pm

Extended hours on performance nights.

Events and classes

Please visit our local events page, view our What's Happening in North Ayrshire brochure for arts activities and performances throughout North Ayrshire, or visit the Harbour Arts Centre web page to see what's on.

Regular events include:

  • Friday Night Live
  • Theatre +
  • Side Splitters Comedy Club
  • Sunday Jazz
  • Pov99 Film Club 
  • Exhibitions
  • Classes for Adults, Children and Young People

How to book

Join our texting service or mailing list

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

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

You can also join our mailing list and receive regular updates on up and coming events in the area that interest you. Simply fill in our Mailing List Request Form (Word, 41kb) and return it to us.

Nurturing emerging talent

This grant aid scheme is open to individuals resident in North Ayrshire aged 11 – 25 years who are seeking to improve their skills in the creative arts. Further information can be found on our Nurturing Excellence page.

Contact Us

Contact Harbour Arts Centre

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