Attenborough Arts Centre second time winner at the Excellence in Tourism Awards

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University of Leicester’s inclusive arts centre triumphs at event held on Thursday 5 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 6 November 2015

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre is thrilled to be the winner of the Leicester and Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards 2015, under the Access for All category for a second year.

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

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre was opened in 1997 by the late Princess Diana as The Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts, created from a campaign led by Lord Attenborough. Its mission has been since to increase access to the arts for all members of society. Attenborough Arts Centre 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 disabled people and mental health service users.

Michaela Butter, Director of Attenborough Arts Centre, said: “We are delighted to have been given this award two years in a row. It is a tribute to my wonderful staff and their dedication and commitment to increasing access for all to our many events, activities and performances. This month we open our large new galleries to the public for the first time, and this award will inspire us to reach even more people.”

The arts centre will soon have a £1.5 million new gallery with 300 square metres of exhibition space and double height ceilings. This will be one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the region and a major new asset for Leicester. The gallery has been funded generously by over 1,000 public donations, Arts Council England and the University of Leicester.

The public is invited to support the award-winning work of the Attenborough Arts Centre by contributing to The Breaking Barriers Appeal, which will ensure ongoing opportunities for even more people and help fulfil Richard Attenborough’s original vision to improve access to the arts for all. For more information about how to donate, please contact Ave Vinick at (0116) 252 2176 or: or make a gift online at: 


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Further details are available from Patricia Bennett at email tel (0116) 223 1542.

Attenborough Arts Centre

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive; a pioneering arts centre designed to include everyone. With over 18 years of experience, it offers a programme of courses and workshops, contemporary art, performances and events; championing emerging talent and disability-led performance companies. Its welcoming building provides outstanding access and has received multiple awards and grants.

This autumn Attenborough Arts Centre will open a brand new gallery, dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary British and international art. Doubling the size of our existing building, the new £1.5 million capital project will be the largest contemporary art gallery in Leicester and one of the largest in the East Midlands area. The new gallery has been funded by Arts Council England, University of Leicester and over 1,000 public donations.

Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA. Box office: 0116 252 2455; e-mail:

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 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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