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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  • Join the party after hours at our Gallery Late: Pattern
  • Friday 30 November, 8pm - 10.30pm
  • We’re opening our gallery doors after hours for a free immersive live art experience. Inspired by the exploration of pattern in our current exhibition Criminal Ornamentation, we’ve let loose street artists, illustrators, musicians and dancers to transform our galleries and café.
  • Here’s what to look forward to:
  • - Making your mark on our collaborative art wall with street artists and illustrators, led by graphic artist Nick Shove
  • - Drawgasm, drink and draw in our cafe bar
  • - Live music from Mythm (
  • -Dance performance by flex dancer Jamal Sterrett, winner of the Young Creative Awards 2015
  • -Live music from Aaron Dudfield & Oscar Prince
  • -Life drawing inspired by pattern in the gallery
  • -Vinyl DJ set from Mr. Hickford
  • -Origami making chill out space in the gallery
  • -Moiré projection
  • Free event, part of Leicester Art Week 2018
  • Book now


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  • Africa Student Networking Reception
  • Tuesday 4 December, 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • What’s on?
  • - Private tour of Yinka Shonibare’s engaging ‘Criminal Ornamentation’ exhibition
  • - Live relaxing music
  • - African inspired food
  • - Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage’s
  • 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.
  • Why should you attend?
  • ·        Socialise with friends
  • ·        Talk to UoL Staff and maximise your opportunities at Leicester
  • ·        Meet Alumni and hear about the benefits of the Alumni network when you return home
  • ·        Meet other students from across Africa - build your connections and increase your confidence through networking.
  • ·        Its free!
  • Limited places available. To secure your place at the event please RSVP –
  • Book now



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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