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Attenborough Arts Centre presents the largest solo showing to date of the critical acclaimed British artist Aaron Williamson. Spanning 300 metres of gallery space, the exhibition features a major new project ‘Inspiration Archives’, which has been commissioned by Attenborough Arts. This exhibition of more than 50 objects sits alongside a retrospective of past solo and collaborative projects, including film, performance, objects, text and photography.

Over the last twenty-five years renowned British artist Aaron Williamson has created over 300 performances, videos, installations and publications in Britain, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, American, South America, Canada and many other countries around the world. Williamsons’ eclectic practice spans performance, objects, place and space, informed by his experience of becoming deaf and by a politicised, yet humorous, sensibility towards disability.

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.


Please be aware that our gallery opening times have changed:

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


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  • Aaron Williamson

  • Gallery 1 (Inspiration Archives)
  • Galleries 2 & 3 (Retrospective)
  • Saturday 11 May – Sunday 14 July
  • Exhibition opening: Friday 10 May from 5.30pm
  • This new exhibition, Williamson’s largest solo showing to date, features a brand new project ‘Inspiration Archives’, which has been commissioned by Attenborough Arts. Inspiration Archives brings together never before seen collections of objects, artefacts, ephemera, film footage and photography, which document the lives of several historically overlooked personalities. Characters include; Deaf wrestler Cain in Chains; the zoological illustrator Carlotta Waterton, great grand-daughter of the famous explorer and naturalist Charles Waterton; and paraplegic traveller and explorer ‘Parachute Susan’ O’Sullivan, alongside various other inspirational historic figures of differing professions and backgrounds.
  • To accompany the ‘Inspiration Archives’ installation, Attenborough Arts Centre and Aaron Williamson have curated a retrospective of past solo and collaborative projects including film, performance, objects, text and photography.
  • RSVP to the exhibition opening at 5.30pm on Friday 10 May

Balcony Gallery


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  • Saturday 11 May – Sunday 14 July
  • After a day of walking through woods, fields and the beach, Chloe and her friends find themselves in a forest by the M11, about to set off the mushroom-smoke-hats that she had made for the journey. Taken over by excitement, she doesn’t share in her friends concerns, ignoring the broken glass, bottles, and other rubbish at her feet, ignoring the man watching them from a distance. Messages from the M11 recasts and recreates this (somewhat) magical event and explores its mythic resonance. Was the onlooker a trucker taking a rest, or had they accidentally conjured a witch?

Gallery Lates


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  • Friday 14 June, 8pm
  • FREE
  • Expand, create and engage. Relax, unravel and unwind. We are opening our galley, café and courtyard after hours for an immersive experience, presenting the best in local live music, dance and visual art, whilst also inviting you to collaboratively create throughout the evening too. Be it with life drawing in our galleries or dancing to DJs in our café, expect to enjoy ambient atmospheres and exploratory good vibes to start your weekend with a zing.
  • Book now

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