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.


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  • In My Shoes. Art and the Self since the 1990s

  • An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition.
  • Exhibition opening: Friday 6 July
  • Self-portraiture has provided a source of inspiration to artists throughout history, and in recent years many artists have revolutionised and extended the genre by incorporating action, performance, narrative and explorations of identity. This exhibition offers a timely opportunity to consider the legacies of the so-called 'Young British Artists' including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk, who received international attention for putting themselves in the frame with bold and confrontational works.
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  • BARCO Dance Collection

    Free event - all welcome!

  • Thursday 12 July, 3 PM - 7 PM
  • In our galleries
  • Join dancer and choreographer Dinis Machado on 12 July in our gallery space, currently showing our latest Arts Council touring exhibition ‘In My Shoes: Art and the self since the 1990’s’.
    In BARCO dance collection choreographers have been invited to create short solos for Dinis to perform as a dancer. Each piece lasts 10-15 minutes and will be performed in our galleries, with the durational work taking place from 3-7pm. Drop in and out to experience the performances at any time.
    The various choreographers involved have been asked to consider the possibility that the space where dance happens is not the room we are in, but within the body itself. The collection of dances aim to project dance and something which is looked and worked on as something autonomous.


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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