About Us



Our aim at the Gardner is to create a friendly and welcoming environment where all sorts of people can experience and enjoy a stimulating programme of work from a range of artists, directors and choreographers including the latest works available on the local, national and international scene.

The Gardner Arts Centre building.

The Gardner Arts Centre has a growing national reputation for its programme of stunning contemporary theatre, dance and its exhibitions of modern visual art. In addition the centre puts on a range of films, comedy and music events. It is also an important local centre for many adults and youngsters to express their own creativity in our extensive range of art classes and workshops.

Based on the campus of the University of Sussex and housed in an eccentric Grade II listed building designed by Sir Basil Spence, the Gardner Arts Centre was opened in 1969 as the first university campus arts centre. It has a 480 seat purpose built theatre, a visual art gallery and studio space. It has its own popular bar and café facilities and offers a warm, friendly environment in which everyone can appreciate or participate in the arts or just relax with friends.

Situated on the A27, four miles from the centre of both Brighton and Lewes, the Gardner Arts centre enjoys the beautiful surroundings of Stanmer Park.