Arts Council England confirms increased funding for Attenborough Arts Centre

Posted by ap507 at Jun 27, 2017 11:54 AM |
Grant of £828,000 announced to support University of Leicester arts centre

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 June 2017

Media opportunity: Tuesday 27 June, 3.45pm. Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair Arts Council England, and Peter Knott, Area Director Midlands, will take a tour across Attenborough Arts Centre followed by a networking event with successful NPO organisations. Media to gather at Attenborough Arts Centre’s café Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA. Please ask for G Sian on arrival.

Download an image from Shhh…Bang! Performed by Peut-Etre Theatre at Attenborough Arts Centre, as part of The Spark Festival, 2017 (Photo by Dani Bower):

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre is delighted to be selected by Arts Council England for a further four years of funding from 2018-2022.

The grant of £828,000 over four years, conditional to further negotiations, will enable Attenborough Arts Centre to continue developing its innovative programme of performance and creative learning, providing access to the arts for all in Leicester. The funding will also support the delivery of the arts centre’s exhibitions programme in the new £1.5 million gallery, opened in late 2015, one of the largest contemporary art spaces in the region dedicated to the display of contemporary art, and a major new asset for Leicester.

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester said: “The University of Leicester is committed to making a vital difference to the city and county and we are truly proud of the achievements of the Attenborough Arts Centre. The centre has a proven track record in delivering the ambitions of the late Richard Attenborough in providing great art for everyone. This is achieved in a wonderful building with a truly inclusive and innovative approach that reaches out to staff, students and the wider community in Leicester. I am therefore delighted to hear that Arts Council England also recognises the wonderful work that the centre does and has seen it fit to increase its funding to us over the next four years.

“This is greatly appreciated as we recognise the difficult decisions that the Arts Council has had to take in its funding agreements so we are especially grateful. We can now look forward to delivering more and better art in collaboration with the Arts Council in the years to come.”  

Michaela Butter, Director of Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Arts Council England recognise the valuable work that we do and have decided to increase their investment on us. The funding we receive from ACE is essential in helping us to support and increase access for artists and audiences to great art. On behalf of the University of Leicester I’d like to thank ACE for their continued financial support and confidence in our organisation. The majority of the support from ACE is invested in supporting artists from a wide range of backgrounds and goes to make art inclusive for as many people as possible. We look forward to delivering more art to more people.”


Notes to Editors:

Further details are available from Patricia Bennett at email

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.

About 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.

About the University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is led by discovery and innovation – an international centre for excellence renowned for research, teaching and broadening access to higher education. It is among the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings with 75% of research adjudged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment.

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Values and Vision

The University of Leicester is committed to a culture of collaboration.  We believe teaching and research are inseparable and that success is built on partnership and innovation. We have a focus on students and commitment to social mobility and foster a culture of equality where everyone is valued. We are committed to ensuring our successes drive local enterprise and business and contribute to the success of the city and region.  We have an international focus and celebrate the unique character of our University - a welcoming and close-knit campus in one of the most multicultural cities in the UK.  

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