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Attenborough Arts Centre offers a stimulating visual arts programme of new, socially engaged exhibitions and events that have a positive impact in the promotion and research of disability culture. Our visual arts programme will focus on art that is relevant, engaging and accessible, critical and progressive. Our exhibitions will have a social motivation exploring the changing role of contemporary art, its local and global relevance; supporting practical, aesthetic, and poetic new approaches to our society, our environment and our place within the two.

Exhibit your work in the Balcony Gallery at Attenborough Arts Centre. The Balcony Gallery sits on the first floor of Attenborough Arts Centre and is a key feature for visitors as it connects our art studios and offices to the bustling Attenborough Café, Diana Princess of Wales Hall, Front of House and new galleries. Local artists and groups can hire the gallery for a minimum of two weeks. Find out more information here.

Attenborough Arts Centre is part of the University of Leicester’s Division of External Relations and our exhibition programme significantly contributes to the University’s strategic research goals and wider public engagement. It specifically aims to explore issues of human identity and inter-cultural interactions, promote inter-discipline, attract high-calibre collaborators and encourage new imaginative approaches that culminate in exhibition projects.

Slideshow images © In My Shoes Arts Council Collection

Please be aware that our gallery opening times have changed:

Tuesday - Friday 12pm - 6pm,

Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Sunday, 12pm - 4pm



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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
  • 7 July - 26 August
  • 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.
  • Book now for the exhibition opening
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  • Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection

  • 22 September – 21 December
  • 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
  • Design us a temporary tattoo for the opening night CLICK HERE for more information

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  • The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts START Summer Exhibition

  • with Attenborough Arts Centre
  • 5 June - 29 June
  • The START Summer exhibition is a celebration of artwork made by children and young people from three Leicester schools in response to the exhibitions at Attenborough Arts Centre this year. Pupils from Catherine Infants, Bridge Juniors and Moat Academy have spent a year working with artists exploring our exhibitions and working on their Arts Awards to produce this brilliantly colourful exhibition.
  • Generously supported by The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts, we are proud to be a START partner, producing exciting cultural opportunities with Leicester schools.













  • Curious Creatures, Animal Magic and Other Beasts and Me

  • 7 July - 26 August
  • Jack’s love for animals has been a major influence in his life and is a driving force in his artwork that spans print, paint, sculpture and embroidery. What others might consider minor and unimportant details are the things that inspire his work. Jack is fascinated by the small details of different animals, from the gorilla’s cheeks to the anteater’s claws. His portraits of animals appear fanciful, majestic and, at times, desperate.
  • Jack expresses his pure love for the act of creating animals, however, Jack’s cognitive impairment means that he has difficulty relating to humans. He finds them and the world unfathomable at times. Animals help Jack manage his feelings of isolation and allow him to build bridges with people.
  • No Tipping, 2018 is a digital embroidery work that delves deeper into Jack’s own psyche. Jack explores the contents of his own head, where memories, fantasy and intrusive thoughts all battle together, clouding his mind. We can see animals and humans, as well as imagery from 80’s films, another of Jack’s passions. Jack’s work expresses his frustrations about people not understanding him, as well as the thousand other images that sometimes flood his mind uncontrollably, affecting his grip on reality.








































































































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