Free Exhibitions



  • Lucy Jones (smaller)
  • Lucy Jones: Awkward Beauty

  • Gallery 1, 2 & 3
  • Saturday 27 July - Sunday 6 October
  • 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.


  • The national welfare rights organization marching to end hunger as part of the Poor People's Campaign Journeys to Justice
  • Journeys to Justice

  • Gallery 3
  • Friday 11 October  – Sunday 27 October
  • Journeys to Justice (JtoJ) galvanises people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements and struggles for change. JtoJ was created by people who believe in the power of ‘ordinary people’ to change the world. The Journeys to Justice exhibition showcases extra-ordinary stories of the US and UK civil rights movements, and will highlight Leicester’s rich history of activism.
  • Acceptable in the 80s Attenborough Arts
  • Acceptable in the 80s

  • Gallery 1
  • Thursday 17 October - Sunday 27 October
  • Throw on your best 80’s outfit and take an awkward prom photo. The 80’s is taking over our gallery space. We’re travelling back in time, and we want you to come with us..
  • The 80's is taking over our gallery space this October. We're travelling back in time, and we want you to come with us! Rummage through a vintage clothing sale, watch 80’s films in our pop up cinema, get your glow sticks on at our Yoga Rave or just throw on your best 80’s outfit and take an awkward prom photo. Related events including:
  • Thursday 17 October, 10am – 5pm: Vintage Kilo Sale
  • Sunday 20 October, 3pm – 8pm: 80’s Film Night
  • Tuesday 22 October, 7-8:30pm: Yoga Rave
  • Wednesday 23 October, 8-10:30pm: Prom Night (80’s fancy dress, quiz and karaoke!)


  • Sargy Mann Exhibition Attenborough Arts
  • Sargy Mann 1937 – 2015: A Retrospective

  • Gallery 1, 2 & 3
  • Saturday 9 November 2019 – Sunday 9 February 2020
  • Exhibition opening: Friday 9 November
  • Sargy Mann (29 May 1937 – 5 April 2015) was a British figurative painter. He was known as a colourist and his work was driven by a desire to capture a sense of light and space.
  • Although deeply influenced by Cezanne and Bonnard his paintings were remarkably original. This exhibition, which has been developed working closely with the artist’s estate, is the largest public showing of Mann’s work to date. It includes work from the very different periods of his practise which spans more than four decades. The exhibition includes an extensive collection of paintings and drawings, alongside never before shown archival material, photographs and audio recordings.
  • Sargy Mann was a painting student at Camberwell Art School (now Camberwell College of Arts) where he later became a teacher. Mann exhibited regularly in group shows in the 1970’s and by the end of his career he had had over twenty solo exhibitions. Notable recent shows include Euan Uglow / Sargy Mann (the Usher Collection, Lincoln, 2016-17) and Sargy Mann, Late Paintings curated by Chantal Joffe (Royal Drawing School, London 2019).

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