A truly unique space to pursue your talents and artistic aspirations. The Nepean Creative Arts Centre offers visual and performing arts classes taught by accomplished artists - painters, actors, filmmakers, writers, photographers, musicians - in custom studio spaces for participants of all levels of ability. Our goal is to provide an experience that enriches quality of life through art and culture. From preschool to adult, students experience a diversity of arts instruction.

The NCAC's arts-specific studios include music, dance and visual arts studios, a black box theatre and set construction workshop.

Arts-specific facilities include:

  • high quality instruction 
  • specialized studios equipped for visual and performing arts
  • dance studios with sprung floors, barres and floor-to-ceiling mirrors 
  • soundproofed music studios
  • black box theatre
  • natural lighting
  • exhibition and performance opportunities

Our sister facility - The Nepean Visual Arts Centre offers programming in visual arts including pottery. The pottery studio includes a handbuilding studio, wheel room with 12 wheels including an accessible wheel and pottery technicians on site. Glazing and firing is also provided on site.

NCAC Black Box Theatre Studio Event:
The Last Polar Bears presented by Rag and Bone

The Last Polar BearsA grandfather’s unlikely trip to the Arctic with his opinionated dog, Roo, will touch and delight families with a hilarious performance on Friday October 7, 2016 at 1:30 pm - a great PD day activity to start off the Thanksgiving weekend. Tickets are available online - $10 each or $32 for 4. 





The NVAC NCAC Arts Guide

fall and winter guide 2016-2017

The NVAC NCAC Arts Guide is an excellent tool for you to get an inside view on the numerous programs and activities offered. Pick up a copy of the guide at a local recreation facility or client service centre. Request a printed copy of the guide and have it sent to you.

Fall Winter 2016-17

Find a full list of preschool, children, youth, family, and adult programs in the Recreation Guide.  
Note: Fall Winter 2016-17 Registration begins: Online/Touch Tone 9 pm August 10. In person August 11 during business hours.

Preschool - Arts Centres
Children - Arts Centres
Youth - Arts Centres
Family - Arts Centres
Adult - Arts Centres


Parent and child workshops and classes - Exploring art together 

parent child workshopsArt is an amazing way to bond. Take some time to explore art together and create new memories!









Our inspiring one day workshops are the perfect fix for artists with busy schedules. Try something new this Spring with one of our workshops. These short-term commitments may just turn into a lifetime passion! 





arts instructors

Arts instructors 

Arts centre courses are taught by artists. These teachers are specialists in their particular discipline or medium with fine arts degrees, exhibitions or performance experience to their credit. They bring such experience as a performance background with a professional dance company, symphony orchestra or jazz ensemble, or they may have published articles or books or have experience in spoken word performance. They may be professional actors or theatre technicians, painters, potters, singers and teachers.



Our partners deliver formal training in ballet and music.

Bells Corners Academy of Music, a non-profit and education registered music school provides musical activities that appeal to beginners, music enthusiasts and students preparing for a professional career in music. The school offers a broad selection of instrumental, vocal and theoretical courses, as well as ensemble playing, concert performance experience, and preparation for competitions and exams.

Les Petits Ballets, founded in 1976, is a registered non-profit organization run by a volunteer board of directors. Les Petits Ballets performs full-length ballets which blends professional guest dancers with young local talent. In association with the City of Ottawa, Les Petits Ballets offers recreational instruction in ballet and creative dance at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre and locations throughout Ottawa.





The NCAC studios are available for rental. We welcome meetings, workshops, rehearsals, performances and more. Our rooms are versatile and accommodating! 



Dance studios 

Dance studios are available for rehearsals, performances and workshops featuring sprung floors, floor to ceiling mirrors, and full sound systems.

Music studios

Music studios are available for practice.

Black box theatre studio

Compact and versatile black box space for workshops, dance recitals, and small scale theatre performances featuring:

  • ramp and stairway entry
  • paintable, moveable 12 foot flats
  • stock lighting plot with 12 Fresnels,
  • 14 Lekos, Smartfade lighting board
  • sound system
  • backstage space
  • dressing rooms
  • green room
  • seating for approximately 70

Rehearsal studio

A large recital hall for workshops, rehearsals, and recitals.

  • Yamaha baby grand piano
  • acoustically treated hall
  • new flooring
  • seating for approximately 90

Set construction shop

The centre has a large workshop for building and painting set pieces and props. Bring your own tools and materials.

Studio 10

A large studio for meetings, workshops, rehearsals featuring:

  • mirrored wall
  • natural light
  • polished floors
  • seating for approximately 50

Parties – Visual or performing arts

Interested in hosting an arts workshop or party for your friends, organization or team? The arts centres are able to help coordinate space and schedule an arts instructor. Contact us for more information.

Nepean Visual Arts Centre (NVAC) 613-580-2424 ext. 46652

Nepean Creative Arts Centre (NCAC) 613-596-5783


35 Stafford Road, Bells Corners


September to June:
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Please call the centre for evening and weekend hours.

July and August:
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Please call the centre for evening hours.


The Nepean Creative Arts Centre is located in Bells Corners and offers free parking and bus service.

From Highway 417 East

Take the Moodie Drive exit #134 and merge onto Moodie Drive. Turn left onto Robertson Rd, then left onto Staafford Road. The Nepean Creative Arts Centre is on the left.

From Highway 417 West

Take exit 130 for Richmond Road South and turn left onto Richmond Road. Continue onto Robertson Road and make a right onto Stafford Road. The Nepean Creative Arts Centre is on the left.

OC Transpo

Bus #118 (direction Kanata / west) or  bus #118 (direction Hurdman / east)
Visit OC Transpo for schedule information.

Accessibility features

While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time.


  • 4 designated accessible parking space
  • 10 metres from parking space to the door


  • 10 accessible entrances
  • Ramp
  • Wide door (with power door opener) for wheelchair passage
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator


  • Reception desks
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair
  • Swipe access
  • Low pile carpet
  • Lowered drinking fountains


  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage


  • Washroom with power door opener
  • Lowered sink counters

Learn more about special needs and accessible services.