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Attenborough Arts Centre offers a stimulating visual arts programme of new, socially engaged exhibitions and events that have a positive impact in the promotion and research of disability culture. Our visual arts programme focuses on art that is relevant, engaging and accessible, critical and progressive.

Our exhibitions have a social motivation exploring the changing role of contemporary art, its local and global relevance; supporting practical, aesthetic, and poetic new approaches to our society, our environment and our place within the two.

The Balcony Gallery sits on the first floor of Attenborough Arts Centre and is a key feature for visitors as it connects our art studios and offices to the bustling Attenborough Café, Diana Princess of Wales Hall, Front of House and new galleries.

Attenborough Arts Centre is part of the University of Leicester’s Division of External Relations and our exhibition programme significantly contributes to the University’s strategic research goals and wider public engagement. It specifically aims to explore issues of human identity and inter-cultural interactions, promote inter-discipline, attract high-calibre collaborators and encourage new imaginative approaches that culminate in exhibition projects.

Please be aware that our gallery opening times have changed:

  • Tuesday - Friday 12pm - 6pm,
    Saturday, 10am - 5pm
    Sunday, 12pm - 4pm


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  • Talking Heads

  • Mel Brimfield
  • Galleries 1, 2 and 3
  • 19 January - 17 April
  • Exhibition opening: Friday 18 January from 5.30pm
  • Commissioned by Attenborough Arts Centre, Mel Brimfield has created Talking Heads an exhibition of new work that includes a range of sound installations, sculpture, multiple films and large scale comic-like drawings. The exhibition reflects her lively collaborative approach that draws on an interdisciplinary practice encompassing theatre, visual art and performance. The commission is rooted in a long period of research undertaken by Mel at the Department of Psychosis Studies at Kings College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and the National Psychosis Unit at Bethlem Hospital, London, and explores the experiences of a national community of people living with and recovering from psychosis, and of the carers, nurses, neuroscientists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and academics who work to understand and provide support. Mel’s Collaborators on this project include Professor of Psychiatry Sukhwinder Shergill,composer Gwyneth Herbert, filmmakers Nick Abrahams and Milo Creese, composer/ sound designers Paul Higgs and Gareth Fry. The exhibition will tour to the Tetley (Leeds) and Chapter Arts (Cardiff). The project is supported by funding from the Arts Council England and Kings College Cultural Institute

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  • University of Leicester’s The Yellow Book

  • Friday 15 March - 31 March
  • We’ll be first in line to get our copy of the University of Leicester’s version of The Yellow Book. Our free book is filled with positive mental health and wellbeing art submissions that express ‘I Feel Better When…’ We’ll see the original artworks hung in our Balcony Gallery.

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