The Patel and Ellis Collections showcased the diversity not only of Leicester and its residents but also of art itself. Artworks from the personal art collections of two Leicester-based collectors, with often-contrasting preferences, are displayed throughout the Balcony Gallery.
The first collection belonged to George Lewis Ellis. Born and raised in Oadby, Leicester, Ellis is a full-time plastic surgeon, with his own private practice, established three generations prior by his great-grandfather, William Ellis. Ellis claims his most prized possession is his priceless and exquisite art collection that was left to him following the death of his father. Through the collection, he continues his family legacy and is reminded of their history of multi-generational support for the arts.
The second collection belonged to Demi Patel. Born and raised in Leicester, Demi flourishes in her job as a secondary school teacher, intent on sharing her love for literature and the arts with her students. One of Demi’s great loves is her art collection. She refers to her collection as a passion project born out of love, charity shops, markets, gifts and the irresistible attraction of playful, vibrant and unique art, especially from local, Leicester-based/raised artists.
The Patel and Ellis Collections became possible with ArtFund support and was developed, curated and marketed by Art Fund students working at Attenborough Arts Centre.