Embrace Arts winner at the Excellence in Tourism Awards

Posted by pt91 at Nov 25, 2014 11:06 AM |
University's arts centre recognised for improving access to the arts

Issued by Embrace Arts on 25 November 2014

The University of Leicester’s arts centre, Embrace Arts, is thrilled to be the winner of the Leicester and Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards, under the Access for All category. Professor Mark Peel, Head of the College of Arts, Humanities & Law at the University of Leicester, said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for Embrace Arts, and another indication of the quality of its contributions to our city and region. This award is further encouragement for the view that access to the arts, culture and education is one of the most important commitments of our University and College.”

The award, granted by Leicester Shire Promotions and VisitEngland, celebrates organisations that provide high value access for all visitors, particularly people with disabilities and access needs.

Michaela Butter, Director of Embrace Arts, said:

“We are delighted to have won the Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Award for Access in recognition of our outstanding educational outreach programme offering opportunities for disabled young people and their families to access the arts. It seems like a particularly fitting tribute to the ongoing legacy of our founder and former patron Lord Attenborough.”

Embrace Arts is committed to nurturing independence and confidence within the building and through a year-round arts programme across a wide range of local communities, particularly targeting those with disabilities or mental health issues. This commitment will continue with the development of a new gallery and stimulating exhibition programme, coming in 2015.

Being a centre of excellence for inclusive arts practice and offering opportunities to participate in the arts without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire are key goals for Embrace Arts’s day-to-day work.

The public is encouraged to support the award-winning work of Embrace Arts by contributing to the Breaking Barriers Appeal, which will ensure ongoing opportunities for even more people by creating a fantastic new galleries wing.  For more information about the Appeal, please contact Ave Vinick on 0116 252 2176 or arv4@le.ac.uk.

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Notes to Editors:

Further details are available from Patricia Bennett at email pb263@le.ac.uk, tel (0116) 223 1542.

Embrace Arts at the Richard Attenborough Centre

As the University of Leicester’s arts centre, Embrace Arts offers opportunities to everyone to participate without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire. It pioneers new and exciting approaches to the arts in an inclusive and welcoming space, breaking down barriers to access. Its welcoming performance area, dance and art studios, gallery and bright foyer space enable people to engage with the arts as audiences, performers and learners.

Purpose-built to provide inclusive access to all, Embrace Arts provides a focal point for cultural life on campus and in the wider community. It is currently fundraising towards £1.5 million capital development to extend its existing gallery space for the display and interpretation of contemporary visual art and increase access for disabled people.

More information is available at www.embracearts.co.uk

Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA. Box office: 0116 252 2455; e-mail: arts-centre@le.ac.uk.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

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