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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 focuses on art that is relevant, engaging and accessible, critical and progressive.

Our exhibitions 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.

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.

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.

Please be aware that our gallery opening times have changed:

  • Tuesday - Friday 12pm - 6pm,
    Saturday, 10am - 5pm
    Sunday, 12pm - 4pm


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  • Aaron Williamson

  • Gallery 1 (Inspiration Archives)
  • Galleries 2 & 3 (Retrospective)
  • Saturday 11 May – Sunday 14 July
  • Exhibition opening: Friday 10 May from 5.30pm
  • Over the last twenty-five years renowned British artist Aaron Williamson has created over 300 performances, videos, installations and publications in Britain, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, American, South America, Canada and many other countries around the world. Williamsons’ eclectic practice spans performance, objects, place and space, informed by his experience of becoming deaf and by a politicised, yet humorous, sensibility towards disability.
  • This new exhibition, Williamson’s largest solo showing to date, features a brand new project ‘Inspiration Archives’, which has been commissioned by Attenborough Arts. Inspiration Archives brings together never before seen collections of objects, artefacts, ephemera, film footage and photography, which document the lives of several historically overlooked personalities. Characters include; Deaf wrestler Cain in Chains; the zoological illustrator Carlotta Waterton, great grand-daughter of the famous explorer and naturalist Charles Waterton; and paraplegic traveller and explorer ‘Parachute Susan’ O’Sullivan, alongside various other inspirational historic figures of differing professions and backgrounds.
  • To accompany the ‘Inspiration Archives’ installation, Attenborough Arts Centre and Aaron Williamson have curated a retrospective of past solo and collaborative projects including film, performance, objects, text and photography.
  • RSVP to the exhibition opening at 5.30pm on Friday 10 May

Balcony Gallery


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  • Saturday 11 May – Sunday 14 July
  • After a day of walking through woods, fields and the beach, Chloe and her friends find themselves in a forest by the M11, about to set off the mushroom-smoke-hats that she had made for the journey. Taken over by excitement, she doesn’t share in her friends concerns, ignoring the broken glass, bottles, and other rubbish at her feet, ignoring the man watching them from a distance. Messages from the M11 recasts and recreates this (somewhat) magical event and explores its mythic resonance. Was the onlooker a trucker taking a rest, or had they accidentally conjured a witch?

Gallery Lates


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  • Friday 14 June, 8pm
  • FREE
  • Expand, create and engage. Relax, unravel and unwind. We are opening our galley, 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 DJs in our café, expect to enjoy ambient atmospheres and exploratory good vibes to start your weekend with a zing.
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