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The Gardner Arts Centre is available to hire for all occasions. We can accomodate meetings, seminars, receptions, private functions, workshops and other special events.

There are 4 main spaces available for hire:

The Theatre
Theatre

Our seated auditorium is the largest facility in the building. With a large stage area, full lighting and sound rig (see ‘downloads’ for full tech spec) and 476 tiered seating arrangement this is an ideal space to hire for performances, school reviews and community productions. We can also offer full box office sales facilities, experienced theatre technicians and Front of House staff if required. This flexible space can also be adapted to host seminars and large-scale conferences.
Capacity: 476

The Music Room
Music Room

Set to the side of our exhibition space with access to the beautiful grounds of Sussex University and Stanmer Park, this unusual circular room with sky light and side window overlooking the fish pond is perfect for small meetings, receptions, and group discussions.
Approximate capacity: 30 – 50

The Studio A workspace best-suited to hosting practical workshops, and creative courses, with the use of our in house equipment.
Approximate capacity: 30

The Gallery
Gallery

A wonderful exhibition space with high ceiling and semi-circular glass-paned wall offers panoramic views over Sussex University and Stanmer Park. Spot lighting, polished tiled floor and expansive window make this an exceptional area for exhibitions of 3D and installation work. With the addition of in-house free-standing display blocks, the gallery can accommodate exhibitions of 2D and photographic work. As it is adjacent to the café and bar the space can also be used to host private receptions.
Approximate capacity: 150

In addition to these spaces we have a welcoming café and bar serving a range of freshly prepared hot meals, tasty sandwiches and snacks, hot and cold drinks and delicious cakes and pastries. We are able to cater for all requirements whether you need coffees and snacks, sandwiches and light-bites, or a full buffet supper.

Please note: The spaces are generally available to hire outside of the Gardner Arts Centre’s main artistic season.

For availability, prices and further detail about all spaces please contact the Gardner Arts Centre on 01273 685447.

Disabled Access is currently limited. Click here for more information or contact us for further details.