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.

Launch Nights and Live Events

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  • Talking Heads exhibition opening

  • Mel Brimfield
  • Galleries 1, 2 and 3
  • Exhibition opening: Friday 18 January from 5.30pm
  • Commissioned by Attenborough Arts Centre, Mel Brimfield has created Talking Heads an exhibition of new work that includes a range of sound installations, sculptural, multiple films and large scale comic-like drawings. The exhibition reflects her lively collaborative approach that draws on an interdisciplinary practice encompassing theatre, visual art and performance. The commission is rooted in a long period of research undertaken by Mel at the Department of Psychosis Studies at Kings College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and the National Psychosis Unit at Bethlem Hospital, London, and explores the experiences of a national community of people living with and recovering from psychosis, and of the carers, nurses, neuroscientists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and academics who work to understand and provide support. Mel’s Collaborators on this project include Professor of Psychiatry Sukhwinder Shergill,composer Gwyneth Herbert, filmmakers Nick Abrahams and Milo Creese, composer/ sound designers Paul Higgs and Gareth Fry, and Men In Sheds. The exhibition will tour to the Tetley (Leeds) and Chapter Arts (Cardiff). The project is supported by funding from the Arts Council England and Kings College Cultural Institute.
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  • Gallery Lates

  • Friday 8 March
    8pm - 11pm
  • Everyone welcome, FREE
  • Expand, create and engage. Relax, unravel and unwind. We are opening our galleries, 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 DJ’s in our café, expect to enjoy ambient atmospheres and exploratory good vibes to start your weekend off with zing.
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  • University of Leicester’s The Yellow Book Launch

  • Balcony Gallery
  • Friday 15 March, 5pm – 8pm, live music from 6pm.
  • Everyone welcome, FREE
  • We’ll be first in line to get our copy of the University of Leicester’s version of The Yellow Book. Our free book is filled with positive mental health and wellbeing art submissions that express ‘I Feel Better When…’ We’ll see the original artworks hung in our Balcony Gallery as we celebrate the launch with live music from Refuge.
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  • Inhabited Sky: Are You Sure It's What They Want?

  • Thursday 21 March, Drop in between 6pm – 10pm
  • FREE
  • Join us for a night of music in our gallery. The Inhabited Sky perform durational improvised musical pieces over recorded spoken word inspired by our exhibition Talking Heads. Lie back, relax and stay as long as you like.


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