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About Us

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. We want everyone to feel welcome and get involved in what we do.


With over 20 years of experience, our programme offers performance, courses and workshops, contemporary art exhibitions, activities for children and families, and more. We are proud to champion emerging talent and disability-led artists, supporting those starting their careers. Our outstanding access and inclusive work has been recognised, through multiple awards and grants from Arts Council England, BBC Children in Need, Leicester Shire Promotions and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Our audience has grown to 86,000 people over the last year.

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

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the external of attenborough arts centre

Attenborough Arts Centre’s work is inspired by Richard Attenborough, a world leading filmmaker, actor and lifelong patron of the arts. Richard Attenborough was an inspirational talent and pioneering thinker, our founding patron and a hands-on man who helped establishing our arts centre, working tirelessly to raise millions of pounds in fundraising and donations. Handing the patronage to his son Michael, we continue to follow Richard’s vision and continue his legacy striving to include everyone in great art, culture and learning.

We are proud to support students as part of the music scholarship programmes through the Alumni Scholarship and the Philharmonia Scholarship. Find out more about how you can gain valuable experience from the Philharmonia Orchestra to develop and showcase your music to a wider audience.

Meet the Team

Our dedicated team are the heart blood of everything we do. Whether they’re our technicians, front of house staff, directors, education team, and volunteers, everyone is important.

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Michael Attenborough delivering a speech

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.

Attenborough Arts Centre was built and equipped with the aid of generous donations from:
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The Baring Foundation
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Foundation for Sports and the Arts
P C Hickinbotham Charitable Trust
Hickinbotham Charitable Trust
Leicester City Football Club logo
Leicester City Challenge Trust
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The National Lottery through Arts Council England
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The Richard Attenborough Charitable Trust
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The Lord Mayor of Leicester’s Appeal 1992-3
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The Vivien Duffield Foundation