Run by the department for culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Santa Mònica Arts Centre (in Catalan ‘Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica’) is a place which, in spite of having many interesting exhibitions and events, still hasn’t become very well known by Barcelona’s locals and tourists who visit the city, and because of this, it’s a real favourite with its loyal visitors.
As its name clearly suggests, it’s a centre dedicated to the promotion of art, and not just contemporary art, usually related to the performing arts such as cinema, theatre, music, dance, literature or architecture.
Just as with many other places of interest, whether museums or arts centres in Barcelona, the Santa Mònica Arts Centre is housed in a building that has been declared a ‘monument artístic d’interès nacional’ (a monument of national historical and artistic interest), which was built as a convent in 1636. Without being armed with this information it’s possible that the building’s structure would go un-noticed, but knowing its history you can immediately see what the Santa Mònica Convent was like in its day.
Some of the exhibitions that are organised are more interesting than others, but all of them offer something slightly different to what you’ll find in the city’s other art galleries. The ones that usually attract the public’s attention are those related to photography and cinema, but all of them have their place.
From book launches to performances and conferences, including concerts, the Santa Mònica Arts Centre’s activities are varied and well worth exploring.
La Rambla, 7, Barcelona.
Tuesday to Saturday: from 11:00 to 21:00.
Sunday and public holidays: from 11:00 to 17:00.
Closed: Good Friday, 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 25 and 26 December.
How to get there?
Metro: Drassanes (line 3).
Bus: linee 59, 91, 120, D20, H14, V13 and tourist bus.
On foot: it’s just a short walk from the end of Las Ramblas, so if you’re already in the vicinity it will be easy to walk to the Santa Mònica Arts Centre.