Sargy Mann: Let it be felt the painter was there

Saturday 9 November 2019 – Sunday 23 February 2020

Sargy Mann (29 May 1937 – 5 April 2015) was a British Painter and one of the most extraordinary artists of recent time. Both a landscape and figurative painter, his diverse works are recognisable by their bright colour scheme and focus on light. Although deeply influenced by Cezanne and Bonnard his paintings attain a remarkable originality.

Mann was the first postgraduate painting student to attend Camberwell Art School (now Camberwell College of Arts) where he later became a teacher. He exhibited regularly in group shows and in over twenty solo exhibitions. Notable recent shows include Euan Uglow/Sargy Mann (the Usher Collection, Lincoln 2016) and Sargy Mann, Late Paintings curated by Chantal Joffe (Royal Drawing School, London 2019). Mann’s works are held in private and several public collections both nationally and internationally.

This exhibition, which has been developed in close collaboration with the artist’s family, will be the largest public showing of Mann’s work. Spanning over fifty years of painting, the show will include never before seen work alongside audio recordings and archival material.


Gallery Late

Friday 6 December, 8pm - 11pmGallery Lates

Join us for our latest Gallery Late, an opportunity to see our Sargy Mann exhibition after hours whilst enjoying Life Drawing in the galleries, and a night of film, spoken word, debate, Christmas card making, mulled wine, a brownie bar and more.
Tickets for this event are free but booking is recommended.






In 2020 Attenborough Arts Centre will be hosting a year-long celebration of space, linked to the opening of the University of Leicester’s new space park. The programme will launch with the presentation of Kelly Richardson’s 3 screen video installation Mariner 9, alongside an immersive installation by Katie Paterson.

Kelly Richardson: Mariner 9

Saturday 7 March – Sunday 28 JuneKelly Richardson - Mariner 9

Mariner 9 (2012) presents a video of panoramic view of the Mars landscape hundreds of years in the future, littered with the rusting remains of various missions to the planet. Created with software used by the film and gaming industries, and using data from NASA’s missions to Mars, Richardson has created a realistic representation of the Mars landscape covered by the debris of centuries of exploration. Despite the apparent abandoned state of the planet, some of the spacecraft continue to work, looking for signs of life.

Kelly Richardson (b. 1972, Canada) is one of the leading members of a new generation of artists using digital technologies to create hyper-real, highly charged landscapes. Recent solo exhibitions include Dundee Contemporary Arts, CAG Vancouver, VOID Derry and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Her video installations have been included in presentations at the Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.



Katie Paterson: Totality

Saturday 7 March – Sunday 14 JuneKatie Paterson - Totality

Katie Paterson (b. 1981, Scotland) collaborates with scientists and researchers from across the world to make artworks that explore our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change. Combining a Romantic sensibility with a research-based approach, her work collapses the distance between the viewer and the furthest edges of space and time. Totality is a large mirrorball featuring images of almost every solar eclipse that has been documented by humankind, printed onto each of the 10,000 mirror tiles.



Balcony Gallery Balcony Gallery

Situated on the first floor, our balcony gallery connects our bustling studio spaces with our café and theatre, and, like our main galleries, is free to enjoy.

We host four to six exhibitions each year, with a strong focus on artists living in the region who are connected to Attenborough Arts Centre through our Creative Learning programme or projects.

Next time you visit, come upstairs and explore our latest exhibition.



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