Facilities

Room Hire

The Centre has a number of accessible and flexible spaces for hire and has played host to a wide range of uses from seminars, training sessions, presentations, board meetings, debates, drama, musical events, dance sessions, storytelling, wedding blessings and even the Northern Ireland Executive.


Spaces make an enquiry!


Debating Chamber

Debating Chamber

The twin tiered seating arrangement in this room provides the area with a multiple of uses which include debates, meetings and performances. The Debating Chamber and Blue Coat Room can also be opened up to form a single, large performance/meeting space.

50 people
22ft x 20ft
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Access available via Lift.

Facilities include:
- Debating Lecterns
- Theatre and house lighting
- 12 networked computer terminals make an enquiry!


Blue Coat Room

Blue Coat Room

This room was formerly the assembly hall of First Derry School. It has been sensitively restored retaining all of its original features whilst incorporating the latest in audio/visual and IT equipment.

Two resplendent bardic chairs and flexible lecterns crafted from maple and walnut handmade by craftsman Michael Bell add an artistic and practical touch to the room.

140 people
22ft x 43ft
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Facilities include:
- In-built exhibition screens and lighting
- In-built 12’ x 12’ overhead projector screen
- Theatre and house lighting
- PA System
- Induction Loop System
- 16 networked computer terminals
- Access via lift make an enquiry!


Exhibition Space/Reception

Exhibition Space/Reception

This area originally served as a covered play area and now features an exact representation of a Louis Le Brocquy drawing executed in ceramic tiles. It is suitable for small receptions, exhibitions and book launches and is ideal for event registration with direct access to Derry's walls.

45 people
0ft x 0ft
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Facilities include:
- PA System make an enquiry!


Recording Studio

Recording Studio

Located on the ground floor at the heart of this historic building is a purpose built
recording studio designed and built by specialist acoustic engineers and interior
designers. This unit has a comfortable air conditioned live room and control
room. The studio’s live room is ideal for traditional and acoustic music, also
intimate enough for individual readings.

30 people
0ft x 0ft
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Facilities include:
- Under floor heating
- Adjustable heating
- Black-out or white-out facility make an enquiry!


Café On The Walls

Cafe on the Walls is the only coffee house directly opening onto the walls. We are situated in the Verbal Arts Centre right beside the double bastion, the home of the famous Roaring Meg cannon.

As well as being in an excellent location with good home cooking, like scones, stews and soups we have an eclectic range of books to browse or buy.

           

History

The architect and client worked together to establish a narrative thread which progresses from dark to light, rising through the levels of the building to reveal the expressive range of singing and the verbal arts.

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Art

PUBLIC ART

Verbal Arts Centre has a number of commissioned works by leading Irish artists, sculptors, designers and craftsmen which provide a visual counterpoint to each floor.

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