When Sir Ian McKellen came to perform at the Arts Centre in February 2019, all the money raised from ticket sales and donations during his visit was kept safe to be used for supporting the Arts Centre’s work with young people.

In honour of such an inspirational man, we have established Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Ian McKellen Award. This special award will be open to a young person between the ages of 16 – 25 who intends to continue their vocational training in the creative arts – including, but not limited to, theatre, dance and the visual arts. One award of £500 will be given annually to an individual who can demonstrate artistic promise and the passion for their artform, and who are in receipt of a place for study during the following academic year.

Applications for the 2020 award are now open!

To apply, please submit an application form and return it to Aberystwyth Arts Centre by 7th August 2020. Applicants will be required to attend a short interview to discuss their application during August 2020. For any enquiries, please contact artsadmin@aber.ac.uk.


  • Aberystwyth University
  • Arts Council of Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • National Lottery
  • Ceredigion County Coucil

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