The Melville Centre is devoted to excellence in teaching, crafts and theatre.


In line with Welsh Government directives, our facilities are now open. The theatre can be booked (with lower capacity than usual, please email for information). We are also taking bookings for the classrooms and the café.
For more details on our COVID guidelines, please visit the NHS Covid App or call us!

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POETRY UPSTAIRS- 27th September

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Poetry Upstairs for: TUESDAY 27th September Don't miss this opportunity to join us - another three amazing poets to listen to and chat to... bar [...]

We are thrilled that Kirstie McLeod has accepted Emma Bevan's invitation to bring her amazing Project to the Melville Centre for the weekend of 8th [...]

POETRY UPSTAIRS – 25th October

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Poetry Upstairs biogs for: TUESDAY 25th October   Another fabulous opportunity to join the increasingly popular Poetry readings, and an opportunity to meet and chat [...]




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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