Lucy Jones: Awkward Beauty

Galleries 1, 2 and 3
Saturday 27 July – Sunday 6 October

Lucy Jones: Awkward Beauty is the artist’s first career retrospective, spanning 25 years of work. For the first time her self-portraits, landscapes, and works on paper will be exhibited together, offering a deep insight into Jones’ prolific and varied practice. Expressive colour, painterly brush work and bold simplicity distinguish her as one of the most significant British painters working today. Often viewed as divergent, Jones sees her portraiture and landscape painting as closely linked, equally important within her practice and contributing to each other.

Jones studied at Camberwell School of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art, where she won a Rome scholarship in 1982. Born in London, she now lives in Ludlow, and is much inspired by the landscape area bordering Wales, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

“Her unflinching self portraits could rival any Hockney”. The Guardian, June 2019

The exhibition will also feature a new portrait of Grayson Perry, titled The Seeing Orator, recently commissioned by the Attenborough Arts Centre, and a stunning collection of Jones’ landscape paintings.



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Sargy Mann: Let it be felt that the painter was there

Saturday 9 November 2019 – Sunday23 February 2020
Launch Friday 8 November (5.30pm - 8pm)

Sargy Mann (29 May 1937 – 5 April 2015) was a British figurative painter. He was known as a colourist and his work was driven by a desire to capture a sense of light and space.
Although deeply influenced by Cezanne and Bonnard his paintings were remarkably original. This exhibition, which has been developed working closely with the artist’s estate, is the largest public showing of Mann’s work to date. It includes work from the very different periods of his practise which spans more than four decades. The exhibition includes an extensive collection of paintings and drawings, alongside never before shown archival material, photographs and audio recordings.

Sargy Mann was a painting student at Camberwell Art School (now Camberwell College of Arts) where he later became a teacher. Mann exhibited regularly in group shows in the 1970’s and by the end of his career he had had over twenty solo exhibitions. Notable recent shows include Euan Uglow / Sargy Mann (the Usher Collection, Lincoln, 2016-17) and Sargy Mann, Late Paintings curated by Chantal Joffe (Royal Drawing School, London 2019).


Friday 25th October – Sunday 3rd November 2019

Launch Thursday 24th October

MMPI.jpgRadar, Loughborough University’s contemporary art commissioning programme, take over gallery 2 for a ten-day residency, presenting artworks produced as part of their Bodies of Knowledge project as well as using the gallery as a site of production in which new work is made.

The body of work displayed presents and draws on images produced during a series of artist-led, interdisciplinary workshops exploring how bodies hold and produce knowledge in different contexts. Artist Tara Fatehi Irani and Kathak dancer Kesha Raithatha, in collaboration with researchers working on the Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination project, explored the ways in which memory, migration and narrative are coded in dance and movement. Collaborating with pro-wrestler Cara Noir and Dr Claire Warden, artist Joe Moran explored crossovers in the practices of wrestling and contemporary dance connected to ideas of ‘the real’ vs the performed. The resulting film was created by artist and filmmaker Sam Williams. Finally artist Raju Rage, working with people under the trans umbrella, as members of Nottingham-based organisation Notts Trans Hub amongst others, is in the process of exploring embodiment and self-representation as empowerment, using still and moving images.

The final workshop of the programme, led by Raju Rage, will take place in the Attenborough Arts Centre gallery space during the residency, rounding off the developmental phase of the Bodies of Knowledge project. A full exhibition, presenting in full artworks made as part of the project, and a publication, will follow.

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Journeys to Justice

Friday 11th October 2019 – Sunday 27th October 2019

The national welfare rights organization marching to end hunger as part of the Poor People's Campaign Journeys to JusticeJourneys to Justice (JtoJ) galvanises people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements and struggles for change. JtoJ was created by people who believe in the power of ‘ordinary people’ to change the world. The Journeys to Justice exhibition showcases extra-ordinary stories of the US and UK civil rights movements, and will highlight Leicester’s rich history of activism.



Attenborough Arts Centre Craft, Art and Food Fair

Saturday 26 October 2019, 11am - 5pm

Come and browse, sample and shop the work of over 60 selected exhibitors showcasing some of the best local art, craft and artisan foods in our area.Illustrated birds and flowers on white background.

We’ll have an inspiring range of ceramics, glass, textiles, homewares, jewellery, accessories, woodturning, painting, photography, printmaking, stationary, seasonal goodies, food, drink and more. Buy for yourself or kick start your Christmas shopping - with prices from just £1 up to £500, there’ll be something to suit all budgets.

Also featuring…

Fresh! We’re proud to be supporting new and emerging local artists and makers - be amongst the first to buy from these guys!

Leicester Print Workshop’s Print Studio - get hands on and try or buy from a selection of LPW’s talented print makers.

The galleries, our shop and the Attenborough Cafe will also be open all day, so come and make a day of it!



Leicester Art Week: Artist Talk

Saturday 23rd November

We’re excited to be taking part in Leicester Art Week this November. Look out for further details on our website and social media. As part of this, Internationally acclaimed sculptor, performance artist and painter Bruce McLean will be giving a free talk on Saturday 23 November 2019 – booking details announced soon.

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