Host Your Event at Art Works!

We love hosting art centric events, poetry readings, book openings, classes, yoga classes, dance classes, seminars, lectures, and your group’s meeting.

Please contact us and provide details below. We will respond within 48 hours.

Because we are focused on the arts and community, we no longer host wedding receptions and private parties.


Our staff and event managers will ensure a smooth event and can help with planning, coordinating vendors, and will be onsite throughout your event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Normal Occupancy

  • Main Gallery 200
  • Center Gallery 30

Yes. We have tables and chairs for 100. If you need more, we can provide names and contact information for rental companies where you can rent any extras that you need.

We do not supply linens however we can supply you with names of vendors that have a wide variety of choices for your event.

Yes. We have a list of vendors that we have worked with that provided great service and with whom we have worked with over the years.

We can arrange for a parking lot close by for a fee. There is a public garage on East 5th Street, one block away. It is $3 per hour.

For evening events we can arrange for security (off duty police officers).

Rent the galleries for as many hours as you require for your seminar, class, etc. We work with you individually to determine your needs.

Art Works will set-up your event and breakdown the event after it is over. We clean up the gallery, too. All you need to do is take your personal things with you at the end of the event.

We have a projector, screen, microphone, and amplifier.

If you are serving food, then you need to have a caterer. You may use any caterer you like. Your caterer needs to be licensed and insured. We do not allow self-catering for safety and health reasons. We can provide you a list of caterers that we have worked with and who are familiar with the facility.

The great thing about the galleries is that the artwork on the wall provides a wonderful backdrop for your event–so there are no bare walls you have to spruce up to add ambiance. You can decorate your tables with center pieces, balloons–whatever you like. Candles are not permitted.

Alcohol is permitted and you can bring your own. You must follow Virginia ABC laws. We can assist you with this.

Yes, the Main Gallery, Centre Gallery and classroom is handicap accessible.

Manchester is a thriving urban neighborhood with condos, apartments, offices and retail stores, where people live and work. You will see people going to work, walking their dogs and pushing baby strollers–a real urban neighborhood. Enjoy restaurants such as Hatch Local, The Continental,¬† Manchester Table, and Legend Brewery. The James river is 2 blocks from Art Works and makes a nice walk. The Railroad Museum is only 2 blocks away and it’s just a short walk across the Mayo Bridge to downtown Richmond.

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