We're reopening on Wed 28 April

22 March 2021

We're delighted to announce our plans to reopen to the public on Wed 28 April. The galleries, print studio, create space and shop will all open on this date, subject to the latest government guidance, with cinema to follow as soon as restrictions allow.

Jute Café Bar will open again from Mon 26 April with food and soft drinks available indoors (book here), and the terrace open for food and drinks on a first come, first serve basis.

After this second lockdown and over a year of disruption we are incredibly excited at the prospect of welcoming audiences back into our building. We have heard from so many people who miss being able to visit and we have missed seeing our audiences just as much. Online booking is now open for our reopening proramme, with our Box Office opening on Mon 26 April.

We’re thrilled to be reopening DCA Galleries with Ghost Calls by Emma Talbot. For this exhibition, Talbot imagines future environments where humankind has been flung out of a capitalist-driven society of digital technologies and must look towards more ancient and holistic ways of crafting, making and belonging to survive.  

To visit the exhibition you must book a free ticket, which will give you an hour in the space. Find out more and book here.

Create Space
Our Create Space will return in Gallery 1 to allow more space for children and families to enjoy getting creative together. In it you'll find pre-packed Art Activity Packs inspired by Emma Talbot's exhibition and a socially distant seating area to get creative in. There's also a display of work by community groups, and the chance to share your own art.

To visit Create Space you must book a free ticket, which will give you 50 minutes in the space. Book here.

Print Studio

We're looking forward to welcoming Print Studio registered users back into the studio, and to our temporary Print Space on the ground floor. We’ll be operating slightly reduced opening hours, with fewer sessions in the day.

Users must book their sessions at least two days in advance by contacting the team at More information about booking can be found here.

All of the safety measures we introduced when we reopened in September will remain in place, from social distancing and reduced capacities to ticketed entry to the galleries and rigorous cleaning schedules. Read our Visitor Information to find out more about what to expect when you visit.

We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to reopen our doors after nearly a year of closure, but we still face many challenges. With costly safety measures and reduced capacities still in place, it will be some time before we can hope for any return to financial stability. Our ticket prices will remain the same, but we are asking for donations from anyone who is able to support us.

We will continue to share updates about our reopening plans over the coming weeks, and can’t wait to see our staff, audiences and partners back in the building soon.

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