BMJazz Katz

January 23 @ 5:00 pm - March 10 @ 10:00 pm

Black Mountain Jazz launched its youth big band project at the start of 2023. Its future looks healthy for at least another three years with [...]

The Marvin Muoneké Quartet

February 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Marvin Muoneké, one of the South West’s up and coming jazz artists, is a singer-songwriter and performing artist with a voice that has been often [...]

An evening with Len Pennie

February 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for an evening with Len Pennie discussing her new highly anticipated poetry collection, Poyums! The event will take place in the Melville Theatre, [...]


March 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Rholben’s interpretations of the traditional music of Wales are full of tenderness, wit, and deep emotion. The sublime voice of Siriol Davies, who grew up [...]


March 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Swing from Paris biography: Often described as ‘the finest gypsy jazz in the Cotswolds’, Swing from Paris are a UK quartet of violin, guitars and [...]

The Steady Edd Trio

March 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Immerse yourself in an evening of musical mayhem at the 'All the Right Notes' Tour 2024! Join the renowned Steady Edd and his Tro for [...]


Feng Shou-Kung Fu

Starts Wednesday 28th February - 7.30pm to 8.30pm A new beginners 4 week taster course on the Chinese martial art [...]


Beginners 4 week taster course. Starts Tues February 27th 6.30pm to 7.30pm Open to everyone.... Any Age, Gender or Ethnicity. [...]


The Melville Centre warmly welcomes people with disabilities.
Please let us know in advance of any particular access arrangement you would require.
We have a disabled parking space at the rear of the building.  Please contact us beforehand to open this for you.
We also have fully accessible toilet facilities, plus changing facilities for babies, and all rooms are accessible.


Abergavenny’s hidden gem – an intimate theatre, rehearsal and event rooms and a bar.

  • Welsh Courses – learn Welsh in the evening

  • Crafts – we encourage learning and growth

  • People not profits – education is a right not a privilege

  • Room hire – for individuals, groups or events


Working with the community all the way, it is our aim to construct a sustainable 21st Century Arts Centre, with good amenities, on the Pen y Pound site, extending the range of inclusive activities, events and learning currently available.

In 2016 the listed buildings and much of the site was identified by Monmouthshire County Council as available for community asset transfer (CAT).

In January 2019, after many discussions, MCC agreed a procedure for community asset transfer of the site to Melville Centre for the Arts CIC.

Our business plan 2018 – 2021is convincing; it reflects the potential which can be unlocked by asset transfer of the town’s old grammar school buildings and grounds. Community asset transfer will be achieved when our applications for funding for agreed developments are successful. This may take some time yet, but progress is being made; the journey continues….

On site MCA CIC  hosts  Abergavenny Film Society, Black Mountain Jazz, Rare Seed Theatre Company, Suitcase Theatre Company, many Coleg Gwent Dysgu Cymraeg classes and several community groups, including Stitch Together, Writing for Fun, Uskelele, and Blodeuo, our Arts Council for Wales sponsored, diverse ability drama project AND MANY MORE..

Melville Centre for the Arts CIC manages the main building of the Melville Centre and its classrooms, meeting rooms, coffee-bar, the Melville Theatre (75 seats) and office suites are all available for hire. Book your space here.

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