About us

The Ropewalk is a regionally acclaimed centre for the arts housing galleries, sculpture garden, coffee shop, and Ropery Hall – a venue for live music, theatre and cinema within a Grade II listed former rope factory. Other facilities include: a printmaking workshop; artists’ studios and meeting rooms available for outside lets.


The Ropewalk is on one level with good wheelchair access; we are a 5 minute walk from the Barton Transport Interchange with half-hourly buses to Hull and Scunthorpe and a 2-hourly rail service to Grimsby and the wider rail network.

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Privacy Statement


The Ropewalk is managed by The Waterside Artists’ Co-operative


The Waterside Artists’ Co-operative is:
Creative, inclusive, nurturing, stimulating, welcoming.

The Waterside Artists’ Co-operative is an organisation that:
i. Creates a gateway to artistic and cultural experiences that enrich lives.
ii. Deepens relationships between artists and audiences.
iii. Nurtures and celebrates artists
iv. Reflects the diversity of our local community and provides platforms for showcasing work from diverse artists, supporting the Creative Case.
v. Provides workspace and employment opportunities within the creative sector
vi. Has a responsible business model that supports our creative vision
vii. Is the creative community hub in Barton and the wider region