Events and Workshops

Virtual Vauxhall Gardens

  • Old illustration of Vauxhall Gardens - the inside of an elegant music room
  • Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS): Virtual Vauxhall multi-sensory virtual reality launch
  • Saturday 20 July
  • 10am - 5pm, Free admission
  • Go back in time to experience a multi-sensory virtual reality; bringing together audio, visual and smell simulations to reconstruct the experience of London's Vauxhall Gardens in 1752; the first and most significant of the true Pleasure Gardens of Georgian London.

    Designed to encapsulate the lived experience of the Vauxhall pleasure gardens, the project provides a platform to invite questions surrounding the economic, historical and cultural spheres past and present, by utilising the effects of multi-sensory experiences on user behaviour, and the Virtual Reality environment.

  • Find out more about the exhibition and the research project

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

  • Lucy Jones (smaller)
  • Lucy Jones: Awkward beauty
  • Exhibition Preview: Friday 26 July from 5:30pm
  • Join us for our free exhibition opening, and enjoy the first glass of something cool on us, to celebrate the opening of Lucy Jones' landmark exhibition, Lucy Jones: Awkward Beauty.
  • Lucy Jones: Awkward Beauty is the artist’s first career retrospective, spanning 25 years of work. For the first time her self-portraits, landscapes, and works on paper will be exhibited together, offering a deep insight into Jones’ prolific and varied practice. Expressive colour, painterly brush work and bold simplicity distinguish her as one of the most significant British painters working today. Often viewed as divergent, Jones sees her portraiture and landscape painting as closely linked, equally important within her practice and contributing to each other.
  • Jones studied at Camberwell School of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art, where she won a Rome scholarship in 1982. Born in London, she now lives in Ludlow, and is much inspired by the landscape area bordering Wales, Herefordshire and Shropshire.
  • “Her unflinching self portraits could rival any Hockney”. The Guardian, June 2019
  • The exhibition will also feature a new portrait of Grayson Perry, titled The Seeing Orator, recently commissioned by the Attenborough Arts Centre, and a stunning collection of Jones’ landscape paintings.
  • This is a free event but booking is recommended. Free parking available in the Maurice Shock Building car park next door on Lancaster Road. All welcome!
  • Book now


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