The ground floor gallery has been completely revamped in a £75,000 project.
It is the second phase of major work since Stroud Town Council bought the hall and saved it from closure.
The payment for this phase of the improvements was provided by a £45,000 contribution from the town council and a £30,000 grant from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust with donations from the Cory Landfill Trust.
The improvements included reopening the hall’s original entrance from Lansdown which had been blocked off for almost 100 years, with the addition of a ramp to provide accessibility for all directly from the street.
The gallery space has been enlarged and modernised with additional ramps to a new accessible toilet. Some essential staff and backstage facilities have also been upgraded.
Part of the opening included the Sustain ’12 exhibition which featured the work of such established Stroud artists as Cleo Mussi, Hannah Mathison, Corinne Hockley and Ursula Jeakins.
Further work is planned for the hall and fundraising is under way to develop and enhance the facility.
“We’re delighted with the refurbishment which not only makes it a great venue but also more accessible for everyone,” said Amanda Moriarty. “The town council believed that Stroud deserved its own community facility and we are proud to be involved with this project.”