Kelly Richardson: Mariner 9

Kelly Richardson - Mariner 9

Saturday 7 March – Sunday 28 June

We 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.

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.



Justin Edgar: Reasonable Adjustment

The group Reasonable Adjustment, or RAD, were formed in 1989 in protest at the treatment of disabled people, and were active during the late eighties and early nineties. What made RAD unique was the advocacy of armed resistance in the face of what they saw as unfair treatment of disabled people by the right-wing conservative government of Margaret Thatcher.

Between 1989 and 1994 they carried out a series of attacks including a shooting at the BBC and the bombing of Euston Station. Reasonable Adjustment modelled themselves on other historical armed resistance movements and are comparable to direct action groups such as the Animal Liberation Front, however, no one was seriously injured or killed in their campaign of violence.

At the time of Reasonable Adjustment, Justin Edgar was a student at Portsmouth Art College. He first noticed graffiti depicting RAD’s distinctive logo when taking photographs for an assignment on the city environment. He began to document the movement and this exhibition presents items from his personal collection of the last thirty years as well as borrowed items.



Gallery Late

Gallery Lates

Friday 3 April, 8pm - 11pm

Join us for our latest Gallery Late, an opportunity to see the current exhibition after hours whilst enjoying Life Drawing in the galleries, and a night of film, spoken word, debate, arts and crafts, a brownie bar and more.

Tickets for this event are free but booking is recommended.

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The Sky Above Your Head

Saturday 18 July - Sunday 6 December


The Sky Above Your Head will survey the many ways in which contemporary artists have responded to the subject of outer space. Some artists have used space as direct subject matter or have undertaken creative investigations of materials that exist beyond earth, whilst other artists have taken the idea of the universe as a starting point for exploring the human condition.






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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