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Artist Development

Attenborough Arts Centre has a long and rich history of supporting local artists to get their voices heard. Whether theatre, visual art, or film, Attenborough Arts Centre commissioned pieces have helped hundreds of artists develop their art and tour their shows both nationally and internationally.

``The support I've received from Attenborough Arts Centre has been invaluable. They've helped me every step of the way``

– Christopher Samuel

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Sargy Mann: Let it be felt the painter was there

Saturday 9 November 2019 – Sunday 23 February 2020
Sargy Mann (29 May 1937 – 5 April 2015) was a British Painter and one of the most extraordinary artists of recent time. Both a landscape and figurative painter, his diverse works are recognisable by their bright colour scheme and focus on light. Although deeply influenced by Cezanne and Bonnard his paintings attain a remarkable originality.

Mann was the first postgraduate painting student to attend Camberwell Art School (now Camberwell College of Arts) where he later became a teacher. He exhibited regularly in group shows and by the end of his career he had exhibited over twenty solo exhibitions, notably Euan Uglow / Sargy Mann (the Usher Collection, Lincoln, 2016-17). Mann’s works are held in several public collections both nationally and internationally.

Curated by Sargy Mann’s three children, the exhibition will be the largest public showing of Mann’s work. Spanning over years of painting, the show will include never before seen work alongside audio recordings and archival material

a silhouette sat in front of a martian landscape

Kelly Richardson: Mariner 9

Saturday 7 March – Sunday 28 June
Mariner 9 (2012) presents a video of panoramic view of the Mars landscape hundreds of years in the future, littered with the rusting remains of various missions to the planet.

Created with software used by the film and gaming industries, and using data from NASA’s missions to Mars, Richardson has created a realistic representation of the Mars landscape covered by the debris of centuries of exploration. Despite the apparent abandoned state of the planet, some of the spacecraft continue to work, looking for signs of life.

Kelly Richardson (b. 1972, Canada) is one of the leading members of a new generation of artists using digital technologies to create hyper-real, highly charged landscapes. Recent solo exhibitions include Dundee Contemporary Arts, CAG Vancouver, VOID Derry and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Her video installations have been included in presentations at the Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

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The Sky Above Your Head

Saturday 18 July – Sunday 6 December
The Sky Above Your Head will survey the many ways in which contemporary artists have responded to the subject of outer space

Some artists have used space as direct subject matter, creating real and imaginary scenes of what lies beyond Earth. Other artists have used materials from space directly in their work, including fragments of meteorite and chemical elements that are more often found in outer space. Others still have responded to the long history that humankind has with the stars, using the night sky and the vastness of the universe beyond as a starting point for exploring the human condition.

Represented artists include: Glenn Brown, Angela Bulloch, Tim Etchells, Simon Faithfull, Fiona Finnegan, Stefan Gec, Brian Griffiths, Cornelia Parker and Michelle Stuart.

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Gallery Late

Friday 3 April, 8pm – 11pm
A night of music, spoken word, film, debate, and art, all happening across our galleries.
Join us for our latest Gallery Late, an opportunity to see the current exhibition after hours whilst enjoying Life Drawing in the galleries, and a night of film, spoken word, debate, arts and crafts, a brownie bar and more.
Tickets for this event are free but booking is recommended.