Waterside Arts Centre is a thriving and vibrant arts venue in the heart of Sale in Greater Manchester. Comprising a theatre, art galleries, studios and workspaces, the centre is an important regional hub for both performance and visual art. It is a major touring venue for theatre productions, music groups, comedians and art exhibitions, while at the same time providing a vital resource for the local community. Waterside Arts Centre hosts classes, seminars, weddings, conferences and workshops ranging from drama to salsa and poetry to tai chi.
Waterside Arts Centre occupies the site of the old Sale Civic Theatre as well as part of the former Trafford Council Town Hall. Following the closure of the theatre and the relocation of the town hall to Stretford, plans were made to rebuild and update the site into a new arts venue. After 10 years of work, the Waterside Arts Centre was able to launch its first artistic programme in November 2004.
Waterside Arts Centre’s Lauriston Gallery also commemorates the Trafford-based Lauriston Trust. The aim of the trust is to promote the arts in all their forms to young people in Trafford and Greater Manchester.