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University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre selected for arts education programme

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 July 2017

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Attenborough Arts Centre, the University of Leicester’s arts centre, has been chosen by leading arts education charity, Children & the Arts, to join its UK-wide Start arts programme.

Start, created by Children & the Arts, is a three-year engagement programme of arts activity between selected cultural organisations and local schools that tackles inequality by working only with the children who need it most, who are at risk of missing out on a creative and cultural education.

Start has been running nationally for 10 years and has involved over 130,000 young people aged 4-16 years old. The programme is proven to raise the aspirations of young people, building confidence and helping with learning and development in school.

During the first year, children will make at least two visits to Attenborough Arts Centre to see 5 exhibitions in 3 contemporary art galleries, throughout the year. They will then work with the learning team at the arts centre in workshops to develop their critical eye and have fun creating their own artistic work, with plenty of opportunity to celebrate their achievements at the end of each year.

Start also provides teachers with training for them to deliver the arts programme, helping pupils realise their full potential and making links to the curriculum.

Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of Children & the Arts, is proud of the fact that Start takes learning beyond the classroom, empowering children and young people in a fun and exciting environment:

"The Start programme helps the many children in the UK who are denied the opportunity to engage with the arts. Start shows that museums and galleries, theatres and concert halls, are places that will welcome them, places where they can experience and learn something new, and most of all, places that they can enjoy.

"We know that Start has had a huge impact on children's confidence, their communication skills, and led to the personal development of thousands of children across the UK. We are delighted to be working with the Attenborough Arts Centre to provide these opportunities for children in Leicester."

Marianne Pape, Education and Outreach officer, Attenborough Arts Centre said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be selected to join the Start programme and the incredible cultural education offer and legacy that will be gained from working with the children and our partner schools over three years. We look forward to welcoming many inquisitive and creative young people our new galleries and to see what we can learn from each other through the arts. A huge thank you to Start for enabling us to build new links over a long period of time with our local community, and new creative opportunities for young people and artists in Leicester.”

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For more information about Children & the Arts, comment or photography requests, please contact Branwen Jones, Communications Manager, / 020 3326 2230 or Marcus Stanton, PR Advisor, / 07900 891287.

Partner details:
Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA
Project lead: Marianne Pape, Education and Officer,
Marketing / PR: Emma Lloyd, Marketing Officer,

Notes to Editors

The Start programme at the Attenborough Arts Centre is supported by Arts Council England’s Bridge organisation, The Mighty Creatives.

The new Start arts partners for 2017/2018 are:
Alhambra Theatre
Attenborough Arts Centre
Balbir Singh Dance Company
Bolton Library & Museum Services
Cast (with darts)
Cumbria Creative Learning Network (with Beacon Museum, Senhouse Roman Museum and the Wordsworth Trust)
Focal Point Gallery
Guildhall Museum
Marina Theatre (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Rosehill Theatre
South Holland Centre
Z-Arts (with Tameside Gallery)

About Children & the Arts
Children & the Arts was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales with the fundamental belief that every child has the right to be inspired by the arts. The charity’s UK wide arts engagement programmes work with children from areas of social and economic disadvantage and builds partnerships between schools and children’s hospices, and local professional cultural venues.  The charity takes children on a journey into their local arts venue and unlocks the arts for those who need to be inspired by them the most, raising children’s self-esteem and confidence, and nurturing their communication skills. Through the work of Children & the Arts, children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible places to visit and since 2006 Children & the Arts has introduced over 400,000 children to life-changing arts experiences.

About Attenborough Arts Centre
The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. With over 20 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 109,000 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.

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