Introducing The Rhodes Arts Complex
Established in 1963, the Rhodes Arts Complex is a multi-faceted community facility located on South Road Bishop’s Stortford. Although perhaps most famous for hosting up and coming artists in the 1960s and 70s who were to go on to become some of the most famous performers in the world (Bowie, The Who, Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John to name but a few) our greatest strength is, and always has been, the fantastic link that we have with our local community.
The Bishop’s Stortford Museum is based in Thorleyborne and Netteswell Houses, a pair of semi-detached late Georgian Villas which form the west side of the Arts Complex fronting on to South Road. Spread across two floors, the museum displays take you through the development of Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding area from pre-history through to the present day. In addition to the museum, the complex features a versatile 300 seat auditorium (retractable seating means that the auditorium can easily be reconfigured to a partial seated or fully open space), a small exhibition space, several multi-function rooms, a fully appointed Dance Studio and the recently refurbished “Maltings Bar”. We also have limited free on-site parking available on a “first-come, first served” basis.
With our great range of museum events and activites, full theatrical, performance and cinematic programme and flexible, user friendly rooms we are a popular entertainment and educational resource for all the community. We also host several regular classes ranging from WW and keep fit through to performing arts and even ukele! With on-site catering facilities our rooms are regularly hired for family events such as anniversaries, baby showers and wakes.