United Kingdom

St. Benedicts Street
Phone: 01603 660352
Fax: 01603 664806

Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre is a small, independently run venue with charitable status situated close to the centre of Norwich.

We aim to offer a broad range of performing and media arts of the highest quality to the community, together with a programme of participatory workshops and activities that offer good access to the arts.
It was originally opened in a disused department store on St Benedict's Street in 1977 and moved to its current site, St Swithin's Church on St Benedict's Street, in 1980.

Permanent Collection

We have a rolling exhibition programme. Norwich Arts Centre specialises in exhibiting photography and new media work, with a particular commitment to developing audiences for new media and opportunities for artists through a commissioning programme.



John Peel Archive

Saturday 6th October-Saturday 10th November

10am-6pm free entry

As part of Norwich Sound & Vision, the exhibition space at the Norwich Arts Centre will feature work from the project team behind the John Peel Archive, with original photography by Dave Guttridge and video installations from Dan Tombs celebrating music from the initial 100 records of each letter being made available online as part of

“With the help and support of John’s family, we have been taking the first steps in making John’s amazing record collection available through an interactive online archive. This exhibition showcases photos taken in John’s home studio and record rooms during the archive process, along with selected album sleeves and some of the many ‘extras’ found inside the record sleeves.

Each week we have released details of the first 100 records from each letter of the alphabet, along with John’s accompanying hand-typed cards, asterisk ratings and notes. John’s wife Sheila has selected a featured artist from each letter for which we have produced short documentary films. In addition, we have selected one particularly interesting record from each letter to take an in-depth look at in our ‘Hidden Gems’ blog.”

The John Peel Archive is featured on The Space - an Arts Council funded and BBC supported digital arts service that has been running since May 2012.

L’art pour l’art

Wednesday 17th October-Tuesday 30th October

11am-4pm Monday-Saturday, cafe gallery

L’art pour l’art…

…is a collection of paintings by four Fine Artists: Ed J Cooper, Helen Piffero, Davide Lakshmanasamy and Elizabet...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

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Exhibitions (3)

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Opening hours

Monday - Saturday; 11am - 5pm

We are not open Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Getting there

Please visit and click on Find Us for full directions


Cafe bar; toilets; easy access toilet; baby changing facilities. Please note that there is no wheelchair access to the mezzanine area of the gallery.

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News and events

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We can provide custom courses for small groups, in multimedia and photography. Please contact our Education Officer, Holly Rumble - to discuss.


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Norwich Arts Centre s a registered charity funded by the Arts Council of England, as well as Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council. We accept regular donations from companies and individuals which help to support our core activities and sustain the quality of our exhibition programme.