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Acceptable in the 80s

Thursday 17 October to Thursday 24 October

The 80's is taking over our gallery space this October. We're travelling back in time, and we want you to come with us!
Rummage through a vintage clothing sale, watch 80’s films in our pop up cinema, get your glow sticks on at our Yoga Rave or just throw on your best 80’s outfit and take an awkward prom photo.


Journey to Justice

Friday 11th October 2019 – Sunday 27th October 2019

Journey 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 Journey to Justice exhibition showcases extra-ordinary stories of the US and UK civil rights movements, and will highlight Leicester’s rich history of activism.


Bodies of Knowledge in Residence

Friday 25th October – Sunday 3rd November 2019

Launch Thursday 24th October

Radar, 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. image copyright Sam Williams. A still from the film by Sam Williams and Joe Moran, using footage captured during
the workshops delivered by Joe Moran and Cara Noir.

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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
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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!

Sargy Mann: Let it be known 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).

Leicester Art Week: Bruce McLean - How to be an Artist

Saturday 23 November, 11am - 12:30pm

We’re excited to be taking part in Leicester Art Week this November.  As part of this, Internationally acclaimed sculptor, performance artist
and painter Bruce McLean will be giving a free talk on Saturday 23 November 2019.

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Book now for your FREE tickets.A special live event with internationally acclaimed Scottish artist Bruce McLean. McLean has produced paintings, ceramics, prints, work with film, theatre and books. McLean was Head of Graduate Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art London He has had one man exhibitions including Tate Gallery in London, The Modern Art Gallery in Vienna and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.

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