Events and Workshops

Free Family workshops

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  • Saturdays during our exhibitions
  • 1pm - 3pm
  • Every Saturday during our exhibitions we host free themed activities for the whole family to get involved with. Our friendly workshop leaders will guide you through a creative and hands-on afternoon of fun tailored for all ages – so bring the whole family down.

In conversation with Yinka Shonibare MBE

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  • Saturday 22 September, 2pm - 3pm
  • An engaging event perfect for artists looking to develop their knowledge or anyone with an interest in contemporary art and craft.
  • Join Arts Council Collection curator Beth Hughes and artist Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) as they discuss his new touring exhibition Criminal Ornamentation. Topics will include Shonibare’s acclaimed artistic practise, the differences between making and curation, as well as the ideas behind the exhibition and selected works.
  • Book now


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

  • 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
  • Book now for the exhibition opening


Learning and outreach

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  • For Schools: Our new gallery has a fantastic programme of exhibitions that can unlock access to learning and culture in a new and engaging way for Leicester. We offer tailored guided tours for a range of subjects and curriculum themes for each exhibition. Please contact us by email or call 0116 252 2455. Keep in touch and subscribe to our free, termly learning newsletter, to find out about teachers CPD, artist talks, symposia, networking events, arts award support and lots more!.


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