Culture on Campus

Lancaster Arts

Sited at the north end of campus, Lancaster Arts brings a wealth of UK and international artists of the highest calibre to Lancaster every year in public programmes of professional theatre, dance, exhibitions and concerts. Lancaster Arts has a nationally important role as a 'safe-house' for the development of innovative contemporary arts, nurturing generations of artists. It also delivers a range of projects with young people and local residents.

Many of the events found in the Lancaster Arts programme tour to organisations such as the Barbican, South Bank Centre, The Lowry (Manchester), and West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds), and our audiences travel across the entire north to enjoy our events.

Lancaster Arts venues include Lancaster International Concerts, the Peter Scott Gallery and the Nuffield Theatre. All three are sited within the Great Hall complex, and we welcome the public, staff and all students (regardless of subject of study).


Lancaster Arts is a major provider of classical and world music in north Lancashire. Between October and March you will find a varied programme of music including orchestral concerts, chamber music, jazz, world music, opera and new music. 'Meet the artist' sessions take place before events, providing an invaluable insight into the creative process for the public, staff and students.

Many of our artists are seen in the major concert halls of Europe, and some heavyweight international artists have played in Lancaster over the last 43 years. Recent visiting orchestras include the BBC Philharmonic, Opera North and Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio.

Theatre and Dance

The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad (recently Forced Entertainment, Station House Opera, Candoco, Lone Twin, Gob Squad and Goat Island).

The focus of the work is new and experimental performance, a focus it shares with many of the teaching and research interests of LICA. As well as up to 30 visiting professional shows a year, the theatre also presents public performances by students and societies, plus a range of local community organisations.


Visual art exhibitions take place in the Peter Scott Gallery, a small gem of a contemporary art gallery, open to the public free of charge. The Peter Scott Gallery is also home to the University's international art collection, that includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, works by twentieth century British artists and prints by significant European names such as Dürer, Miró, Ernst and Vasarely.

Throughout the year the gallery presents a series of artist talks and is the venue for the LICA Fine Art undergraduate and postgraduate art exhibitions.


Lancaster Arts keep offers reduced prices for students, and currently its student web-advance tickets are just £7 per event. Alternatively, a student 'membership' costs just £35 for 6 events (concerts and/or theatre).

Contact Lancaster Arts

Box Office: +44 (0)1524 594151