Ucheldre CentreHolyhead, Anglesey
Ucheldre Centre is Anglesey’s Premier Community arts centre, holding an art gallery display in the former chapel building of Holyhead’s Bon Sauveur Order of nuns convent! There is plenty to see and do here at this ‘one of a kind’ gallery in its wonderfully historical venue! In addition to viewing the fabulous artwork of local and international artists, you will be able to see the buildings’ original period features and watch live performances in the amphitheatre!
Spoilt for choice! The main hall is home to drama performances, cinema films, literary events, concerts and more. The walls are adorned with the regularly changing exhibitions including classical paintings, while avant-garde sculptures can be found in the garden. Whether you consider yourself quite the expert or a novice, you will find yourself welcome at the Saturday Art club workshops and completely drawn in by the striking architecture and artwork. The small bar tempting you to a celebratory drink while enjoying live music in the courtyard certainly has us sold!
Ucheldre centre is the art enthusiasts’ paradise! At the entrance of the centre, you will find the remains of the old cloister, with the old tower beside which contains the old chapel bell. The bell is still rung during special occasions, adding to the remarkable atmosphere of the venue! The building spotted to the right of the centre, which is now part of the local housing development, was formerly the home of the nuns. They would have previously left this building to walk through the cloisters, past the chapel and to the school which is now the amphitheatre! While wandering the grounds you will be treading the footsteps of previous residents envisioning the building as they once did.
Along the way, you will see wonderful stone archways, the original oak doors, stained glass windows, and old slate plaques. The Ucheldre Centre oozes charm which is simply impossible to resist! The shop room contains the box office and a collection of artwork on sale, as well as a selection of souvenirs to purchase. There is also a kitchen restaurant on site which is ideal for lunches, afternoon teas and private functions! Heading into the courtyard and garden you will find a series of beautiful sculptures and and outdoor seating area - this is a wonderful place to reflect on the spiritual side of the building.
If you find yourself completely transfixed by Ucheldre’s history then you may want to buy one of the books available in the centre detailing its fascinating tale. People say ‘don’t dwell on the past’, but in this case, you definitely should!
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 2pm - 5pm
There is no designated picnic area, but there is seating outside.
There is level and ramp access throughout the centre enabling ease of access for wheelchair and pushchair users. There is a side entrance in close proximity to the car park for those who need a shorter walk. With a phone call or email prior to your arrival, staff can ensure that any further requirements needed are met to make your visit better (i.e. space for wheelchairs with good views of the stage during performances, etc).
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