Attenborough Arts Centre to host touring exhibition by international printmakers

Posted by pt91 at Apr 08, 2016 01:45 PM |
A variety of themes explored in four new exhibitions

Issued by Attenborough Arts on 7 April 2016

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre is delighted to be hosting four exhibitions by local and international artists, in their new award winning gallery spaces at a free preview evening on Friday 6 May.

Small Print International, in partnership with Leicester Print Workshop, is a touring exhibition of contemporary fine art miniprints by local and international printmakers. The panel made up of curators and printmakers received 631 prints from artists across the world and selected 150 images that measure no more than 100 square centimetres, including etching, lithography, letterpress, relief, screenprinting and digital prints.

Lucy Phillips, Director of Leicester Print Workshop, said: “Small Print International will bring the best in fine art printmaking from around the world, to Leicester. It is a great way to celebrate our 30th birthday year and a great opportunity for us to work with Attenborough Arts Centre in their splendid new venue”.

Whilst in Leicester, Small Print International will be accompanied by a programme of exhibitions and events at Leicester Print Workshop, Phoenix, De Montfort University.

In addition to Small Print International, Attenborough Arts Centre presents three new solo exhibitions. In Gallery 2 Idols and Monsters by Nottingham-based artist Nick Mobbs, in Gallery 3 The Reliquary Project by artist Jo Dacombe and in the Balcony Gallery Leicester Linocuts by Leicester-based artist Sarah Kirby.

Nick Mobbs’ Idols and Monsters is an investigation into the act of concealing oneself from the gaze of others. These scenes are deliberately ambiguous; leaving us uncertain of the nature of what confronts us. Other works are based on ‘found’ Googled photographs of celebrities and criminals covering themselves.

Nick Mobbs commented: "It is my first exhibition in Leicester for nearly a decade and I am excited to be showing within AAC’s new contemporary art spaces. I will be showing a group of works I have made over the last few years based on hiding figures."

The Reliquary Project by Jo Dacombe was realised as part of a residency within the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. Through the residency she has explored ideas through making, including large and small scale sculptures, drawings, photographs, mechanical devices, scans and x-rays.

Jo Dacombe said: "I've been tremendously excited about the new gallery at Attenborough Arts Centre and what it means for artists in Leicester."

The FREE preview evening is open to everyone and will take place on Friday 6 May, 5.30pm – 8pm and is a chance to meet the artists and see the artwork for the first time.

Small Print International (Gallery 1) will continue until Sunday 10 July. Idols and Monsters (Gallery 2) and The Reliquary Project (Gallery 3) will continue until Sunday 3 July. Leicester Linocuts will continue until Sunday 5 June. All exhibitions at Attenborough Arts Centre are free to attend.

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Notes to Editors:

Further details are available from Lucy Stevens at email ls229@le.ac.uk, tel (0116) 223 1525.

About Attenborough Arts Centre

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. With over 18 years of experience, the programme offers courses and workshops, contemporary art, performance and live art, theatre and comedy, live music and jazz, dance, activities for children and families, and more. It is proud to champion emerging talent and disability-led performance companies, supporting those starting their careers. Its outstanding access and inclusive work has been recognised, through multiple awards and grants from Arts Council England, British Council, BBC Children in Need, Leicester Shire Promotions and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Its audience has grown to 55,000 people over the last year.

Attenborough Arts Centre is part of the University of Leicester’s Division of External Relations. Its new exhibition programme will significantly contribute to the University’s corporate social responsibility, wider public engagement and strategic research goals. It will specifically 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.

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. www.artscouncil.org.uk

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