About Us

Attenborough Arts Centre’s vision: Breaking down barriers to the arts, we are inclusive, radical and ambitious. Bold in our creativity & action, we are Citizens of Change. We believe that everyone is creative and we work to celebrate the creativity of everyone.

Attenborough Arts Centre is a socially and civically-engaged public cultural venue based at the University of Leicester, producing visual arts, live performance, learning, community and research programmes. We combine great cultural experiences by local, national and international artists with high quality community programmes to inspire everyone to become active participants in culture. We collaborate with many local organisations to engage Leicester communities and with national partners to raise the profile of our work. We aim to be a sector leader for inclusion and a centre of excellence for disability arts.
Celloist, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, holding a cello and looking down while smiling. In the background is a giant photo of a mother and daughter smiling at each other.
With core funding from the University of Leicester and Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, our work has also been supported by multiple awards and grants from public funders such as Art Fund, BBC Children in Need, Leicester Shire Promotions and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

“Art is not an elitist gift for a few select people. Art is for everyone.” – Richard Attenborough

Meet Our Patrons

Our Patrons support Attenborough Arts Centre’s mission to be one of the UK’s leading socially-engaged cultural organisations.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Attenborough Arts Centre is guided by some of the heads of their academic field and most creative minds in the country. Their advice and suggestions help to steer Attenborough Arts Centre forward.

Meet Our Team

Our dedicated team are at the heart of everything we do. Whether they are our technicians, front of house staff, directors, education teams, volunteers, or more – everyone is important.