Chapter Arts Centre (often just referred to as Chapter) is an arts centre in Canton, Cardiff, Wales. It hosts films, plays, performance art and live music, and includes a free art gallery, café and bars. There are also over 60 work spaces, used for an eclectic range of purposes including Chapter's own training courses. Income for the venue largely derives from the film theatre: as well as showing mainstream Hollywood films, it is the only theatre in Cardiff to show a considerable array of foreign and independent films on a regular basis.

Spaces
  • Gallery spaces
  • Two film theatres (capacities: 188 and 57)
  • Two theatres (capacities: 96 and 60 seated, also standing)
  • Two bars (ground floor has normal opening hours; upstairs is open for specific events)
  • Café
  • Shop
  • Several spaces for hire (varying sizes)
  • Many spaces for ongoing art production, resident artists, etc


History
Local artists, Christine Kinsey and Bryan Jones with journalist Mik Flood first discussed the idea of setting up an Arts Centre for Wales late in 1968. Over the next two years they found a home for the centre at the old Canton High School and put in place a series of events to raise money and generate interest in the idea of an arts centre. Working under the title 'The Arts Centre Project Group' this included a 12-hour pop concert in Sophia Gardens with Pink Floyd topping the bill and Black Sabbath and Quintessence in support. Within a short space of time painters, print makers, sculptors, potters, instrument makers and other artists moved into the building. Amateur groups like the South Wales Arts Society and Everyman Theatre Company also joined the centre and the Cardiff Cine Society led the way in the conversion of the old girl's cloakroom into one of the best small cinema spaces in South Wales. Classrooms were converted into a gallery, the old school hall became a theatre, Moving Being, Cardiff Laboratory Theatre and Paupers Carnival moved in and Chapter became a real focus for both artists and audiences. In 2008 Chapter underwent a multi-million pound redevelopment designed by architects Ash Sakula. The centre remained open through the redevelopment and the new Chapter opened in November 2009 to nationwide plaudits. The redesign has enhanced the visitor experience; created new spaces and refurbished existing spaces for artistic, education and outreach activity; improved the centre’s accessibility and ensure its continued sustainability. The centre now welcomes nearly 750,000 visitors a year and provides facilities for 150 voluntary organisations