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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 will focus on art that is relevant, engaging and accessible, critical and progressive. Our exhibitions will 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.

Exhibit your work in the Balcony Gallery at Attenborough Arts CentreThe 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. Local artists and groups can hire the gallery for a minimum of two weeks. Find out more information here.

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.

Slideshow images © Amartey Golding, courtesy, Young Masters / The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

April - June

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  • Exhibition Opening: Amartey Golding and In Out There

  • Friday 13 April. 5.30pm - 8pm.
  • FREE
  • Join us for the opening of Attenborough Art Centre's two new exhibitions by multimedia artist Amartey Golding and In Out There, a major exhibition by four artists drawing influence from renowned disabled artist Adam Reynolds. Book your free place and enjoy a drink on us!
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  • Amartey Golding

  • Is it me, or is it you?
  • Sat 14 April - Sunday 17 June
  • Amartey Golding is a multimedia artist whose work addresses subjects of cultural identity and intolerance. During his childhood, Golding's family moved house regularly, not only to various contrasting communities in London but also overseas to Ghana, West Africa.  These experiences of continuous fluidity and movement have undoubtedly influenced Goldingís artwork. Golding will premier two new films alongside his 2016 film Chainmail which forms a loose portrait of his younger brother Solomon, the first black British male dancer of The Royal Ballet.
  • Produced in association with Young Masters and The Cynthia Corbett Gallery. Supported by Arts Council Funding.
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  • In Out There

  • Saturday 14 April - Sunday 17 June
  • Attenborough Arts Centre and Shape Arts present a major exhibition by four artists drawing influence from the work of renowned disabled artist, gallerist, and activist Adam Reynolds. In Out There features new work by Terrence Birch, Sarah Carpenter, Nicola Lane and Catherine Cleary, who were shortlisted for the 2018 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. The exhibition places this work alongside Reynolds' own practice, with archival material relating to the history of the gallery, The Adam Gallery.
  • Supported by Arts Council England and Garfield Weston Foundation

 

June

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  • The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts START Summer Exhibition

  • with Attenborough Arts Centre
  • 5 June - 29 June
  • The START Summer exhibition is a celebration of artwork made by children and young people from three Leicester schools in response to the exhibitions at Attenborough Arts Centre this year. Pupils from Catherine Infants, Bridge Juniors and Moat Academy have spent a year working with artists exploring our exhibitions and working on their Arts Awards to produce this brilliantly colourful exhibition.
  • Generously supported by The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts, we are proud to be a START partner, producing exciting cultural opportunities with Leicester schools.

July

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  • In My Shoes. Art and the Self since the 1990s

  • An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition.
  • Exhibition opening: Friday 6 July
  • 7 July - 26 August
  • Self-portraiture has provided a source of inspiration to artists throughout history, and in recent years many artists have revolutionised and extended the genre by incorporating action, performance, narrative and explorations of identity. This exhibition offers a timely opportunity to consider the legacies of the so-called 'Young British Artists' including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk, who received international attention for putting themselves in the frame with bold and confrontational works.

Balcony Gallery

March

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  • How we've grown

  • 10 March -  25 March
  • Everyone is invited to celebrate with us as we come to the end of our first three years running the inclusive Youth Arts Programme funded by BBC Children in Need. See a colourful exhibition of artwork made by children and young people throughout the years, photos of events and performances, plus a visual timeline to show how far we have come!

April

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  • Grunts and Grapples

  • 13 April - 27 May
  • FREE
  • Grunts and Grapples profiles the golden age of British Wrestling from the 1950s until the 1990s. Wrestling was a central part of British life, with iconic figures such as Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy appearing in hundreds of UK town halls and theatres night after night, as well as featuring on national TV. This exhibition explores how the showmanship of wrestling drew on earlier traditions of public entertainment such as music hall and circus, and how this informed the development of the characters, storylines and audience participation unique to the sport. Curated by design historian Kerry William Purcell.

 

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