Arts at a Distance

Since 1997, Attenborough Arts Centre has proudly served the students of the University of Leicester and the people of Leicester.

With our much-loved venue closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as we play our part in preventing the spread of the virus, we are committed to keeping creatively connected with audiences during these extraordinary times.

Stay connected with arts, culture and us from home and explore a range of content to engage with online using the links below.

Attenborough Arts Online

Looking for something for the family to do, keep the children entertained and support their learning from home? Our brilliant learning team have been working hard all through lockdown to produce a number of activity packs for children, working in tandem with our Next Gen Creatives team.

You can access the packs here:

Session One - Colour

Session Two - Space

Sessions Three - Exploring paper

Attenborough Arts Creative Distancing group is now live on Facebook! If you've got some art to share, a question you need answering, or are looking for a creative prompt from one of our tutors, this is the perfect place for you.

Attenborough Arts Centre Podcast

Are you missing the buzz and conversation that comes with the Attenborough Arts Centre then look no further. With new episodes released every fortnight, our new AAC Podcast has local and national artists, theatre makers, and people of interest chat through their careers, worries, laughs, and anything else they really want to talk about. You can access it through Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, or your podcasting app.

Listen to our latest episode for free here


See the range of all our videos here from artist interviews, Gallery Lates and exhibitions.

Social media

Keep up to date with everything that's happening at the Attenborough Arts Centre, news about latest arts opportunities in the local area, and COVID updates.

Facebook - @attenborougharts

Twitter - @attenboroughac

Instagram - @attenboroughac

Coming soon: digital commissions

We have been working with a number of fantastic Leicester artists, who have been commissioned to produce new work, devised, created, and produced during lockdown.

Museums and Galleries

These 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch. Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.

Art Rabbit have put together a comprehensive list of Galleries that have interactive exhibitions. You can take a walk through art history with the Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History or take a tour around PACE's digital exhibits from around the world.

You can access all of them here.

Criminal Ornamentation, a highly detailed and evocative exhibition curated by Yinka Shonibare is available to walk through as a virtual gallery, thanks to Arts Council Collection.

You can experience it here.

Live Performances

The Show Must Go Online - weekly live Shakespeare streamed through YouTube.

Showstopper; The Improvised Musical - a completely made up musical live from the Lyric Theatre

The 24 Hour Plays

Le Jardin, Le Salon, Le Sou Sol - Belgian dance-theatre company present their brand of domestic terror, hope and ennui which will strike a chord at this troubling time.

Since U Been Gone - Teddy Lamb's musical from Edinburgh Fringe 2019, looking about the loss of a loved one

Bubble - A Facebook performed play from Theatre Uncut

The Wind in the Willows - Live from the West End (well it was, recorded in 207)

Operas and concerts


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