Arts and culture

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

What's Happening?

Find out What's Happening, in North Ayrshire, by downloading our latest events magazine:

What's Happening (PDF, 3.42mb)

or browse North Ayrshire Community Events.

Live music

We bring an eclectic mix of live music to Ayrshire. Featuring a range of musical genres, including rock, country, folk, acoustic sessions and a regular slot from the New Orleans Joymakers, playing traditional jazz.


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.


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

Entry to our exhibition space is free.

To enquire about exhibiting your work, contact the Harbour Arts Centre.

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.


Experience live productions in our intimate theatre space. From edgy drama, to solo performances. From comedy to tragedy. Take a break from the TV and support the performing arts.

Workshops and classes

A programme of workshops and classes for all age groups facilitated by professional tutors. Choose from art, craft, drama, musical theatre, creative writing and more. 

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Nurturing Excellence in arts and culture

Supporting talented young people to realise their full potential in the field of arts and culture. Find out about the Nurturing Excellence Programme.

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 2 multi-purpose studio spaces, gallery space, an intimate theatre and a welcoming, café/bar.

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


Can you spare a few hours to volunteer? You could help with exhibitions, work front of house or behind the scenes, and gain experience working in an arts venue. Contact us to find out more.

Contact Harbour Arts Centre



01294 274059


Harbour Arts Centre, 114-116 Harbour Street, Irvine, KA12 8PZ

Opening hours

  • Monday - closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Friday - 9.30am to 4pm
  • Saturday, Sunday - when booked

Extended hours on performance nights.