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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 Centre. The 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 © In My Shoes Arts Council Collection

Please be aware that our gallery opening times have changed:

Tuesday - Friday 12pm - 6pm,

Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Sunday, 12pm - 4pm



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  • Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection

  • 22 September – 16 December
  • Exhibition opening: Friday 21 September
  • Criminal Ornamentation is about the political, cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in art and craft. The exhibition is not about the hierarchy of taste as it manifests between high and low culture, but rather about the cultural and political manifestation of pattern within craft, sculpture, painting, costume design, film and photography. Criminal Ornamentation celebrates the impolite and unapologetic display of pattern, repetition and colour as freedom from the elitism of good taste, rejoicing the radical deviancy of pattern.
  • An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

Balcony Gallery


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  • Housing Crisis

  • Artist Christopher Samuel’s first solo show
  • 21 September - 11 November
  • Housing crisis shows a series of prints created from a string of email exchanges between a care company and care and health solicitor about the laws, and rights and responsibility disabled people have in accessing independent living.



























































































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