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CK Arts + Culture
CK Arts and Culture, Chatham Cultural Centre

Arts + Culture

In accordance with provincial government regulations, as of September 22, 2021, visitors will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of vaccination along with a valid ID in order to enter the following Arts + Culture facilities: Chatham Capitol Theatre, Kiwanis Theatre, Studio One and Studio Two at the Cultural Centre. Children who are 11 years of age and younger will be exempted from these requirements.

Please pre-book your CK Museum or Thames Art Gallery visit at Arts + Culture Online Registration or call 519-360-1998. Stay tuned for further Arts + Culture facility re-opening updates.


Explore and enjoy arts, culture and history in CK! Discover engaging museum and gallery exhibits, watch amazing theatre performances, and immerse yourself in the creative arts. 

Municipal Arts + Culture include: 

We welcome you to visit the Chatham Cultural Centre, CK Arts + Culture headquarters! Located in the heart of downtown Chatham across the road from Tecumseh Park. The Cultural Centre (CCC) is a welcoming and inspiring venue for organizations, groups, and individuals to enjoy and participate in diverse experiences for all ages. This one destination offers the Thames Art Gallery, CK Museum and Kiwanis Theatre. We exist to create awareness, appreciation, and pride in the artistic & cultural achievements of our community. We proudly host special events, exhibits, programs, camps, concerts and so much more. Anyone is welcome to rent and enjoy our two studio spaces available at the centre. Don't forget to check out our charming Gift Shop, full of unique items and gifts.


What's On

Register for Arts + Culture Programs

Chatham-Kent Hauntings Podcast

The CK Arts + Culture Department is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative, "Chatham-Kent Hauntings". Developed in partnership with authors, historians and Ghost Walks of Chatham-Kent organizers Shelia Gibbs, Lisa Gilbert and Jim Gilbert, the podcast explores some of the community's most well-known hauntings.

The first episode, which features the Capitol Theatre, Chatham Cultural Centre, Chatham Collegiate Institute, and the Milner Heritage House is set to launch on Monday, August 23, 2021, and can be found on Spotify. Listen to Chatham-Kent Hauntings.

Thames Art Gallery Exhibit

View Deanna Bowen, A Harlem Nocturne Book your gallery visit today!

CK Museum Exhibit

View A Taste of Science an interactive exhibition that highlights the role science plays in delaying food decay and keeping food nutritious and safe for us to eat. This bilingual exhibition is suitable for all ages and offers menu items for both the mind and the imagination. Enjoy playtime in Imagination Station and browse our Gift Shop during your scheduled visit. Book your museum visit today!

ARTspace Exhibit

A Quick Riff: Deanna Bowen at PUBLIC window gallery. View daily from 6:00-9:00 pm from October 1 to November 6, 2021.

Chatham Capitol Theatre Event

Welcome back to Wednesday Movie Nights!

To stay up-to-date with local arts and culture virtual programs and events, follow us on Facebook to plan your next adventure.


Programs

We offer a variety of engaging programs for all ages and skill levels to discover and learn in art, history and drama. We are pleased to offer an online registration service for your convenience. In order to register for a program in Arts + Culture, you will need to create an account in Arts + Culture Program Registration. Once you have your account set up, please browse through the available programs offered in galleries, museums and theatres. Need help registering? Please call 519-360-1998 or email ckccc@chatham-kent.ca.


Gift Shop

During your visit to the Chatham Cultural Centre, please be sure to shop in our charming gift shop! The Gift Shop is a pleasant surprise that offers many unique items and gifts for sale. Enter at the Museum/Gallery entrance off Murray Street. We accept cash, debit, MasterCard and Visa. Currently, we are unable to offer e-sales.


Venue Rentals

Looking for a meeting location? Planning an event? Presenting a show? We offer a wide range of rental spaces within our Arts + Culture facilities and can help you put together the perfect event. Let our Booking & Hospitality Coordinator assist you in finding the best space for your function. Please call 519-380-0174 or email ckccc@chatham-kent.ca.

Chatham Cultural Centre

  • Studio One: A multi-use room in a creative setting at the Chatham Cultural Centre. With its exposed brick walls and intimate atmosphere, Studio One is a popular choice for receptions, small weddings, birthdays, showers, meetings, performances, marketplaces, lectures, films and more. The room is equipped with many amenities, including a projector and sound system, and is fully licensed (bar service available on request). Room capacity: 100* guests.

  • Studio Two: Our stylishly cheerful gallery workshop space is perfect for small gatherings for art-making activities. Note: availability is limited due to ongoing classes and events.

  • Thames Art Gallery: An inspiring, art-filled space spread over two levels, with soaring ceilings and an aura of relaxed sophistication. The perfect venue for an elegant reception for your invited guests before a Kiwanis Theatre show. Bar service available upon request. Note: availability is limited due to the regular exhibition schedule. 

  • Kiwanis Theatre: A well-equipped mid-size theatre (679* seats) committed to providing visitors with high-quality, professional programs and events. The theatre is primarily used for performing arts activities but is also perfect for lectures, film screenings, town-hall-style meetings and graduations. The theatre has a proscenium (picture frame) stage with an extended apron in front.

Chatham Capitol Theatre

  • The Capitol Theatre is the venue of choice for large-scale concerts and events and is a popular stop for national and international touring artists. This 1210*-seat venue has 455 seats on the balcony level and 755 seats on the orchestra level. The 65-foot fly tower and state-of-the-art rigging allow for large-scale, technically advanced productions. The orchestra pit is designed for the optimal acoustic experience and can also be raised to floor or stage level as desired. Originally a bustling 1930s movie theatre, the Capitol Theatre is imbued with historical grandeur, with art deco detailing, gilded décor, opera boxes and an ornate ceiling. 

  • Mainstreet Lounge: Located on the second floor of the Capitol Theatre, the Mainstreet Lounge offers a birds-eye view of downtown Chatham. It features marquetry detailing, a gas fireplace, a deluxe bar and two spacious outdoor patios for use in warm weather. The Mainstreet Lounge can seat up to 35 guests and allows for 75 standing. Fully licensed (bar service available upon request). 

  • Rotary Lounge: This spacious and flexible room located on the lower level of the Chatham Capitol Theatre is an excellent choice for rehearsals, lectures, receptions and more. It can accommodate 150* for seated events and up to 250* for a standing reception. The Rotary Lounge is equipped with a spacious prep kitchen and is fully licensed (bar service available upon request). 

*Note: all room capacities are subject to limitations under the current COVID-19 restrictions.