Exhibitions

Attenborough Arts Centre is the largest contemporary art gallery in Leicester and one of the largest in the East Midlands. The gallery was funded by Arts Council England, University of Leicester and over one thousand public donations.

We curate four free-to-access gallery spaces hosting a wide range of art pieces from artists all around the world from across the spectrum of artistic disciplines.

Gallery Lates: Pose

Friday 30 September, 7pm – 11pm, Free

Join us after hours for a free immersive live art experience, presenting the best in local music, dance and visual art in our gallery and cafe. Inspired by our current exhibition ‘Black Garden Paintings’ by Bruce Mclean, the theme for this edition is ‘Pose‘. Free for all, with food and drink available. Come dressed to impress and expect an ambient atmosphere with exploratory good vibes to start your weekend off in style.

Outside
All Night – Chez Sebastien Artisan Pizza Truck

Cafe
All Night – DJ Rich Bee

Main Hall 
7pm – 7:15pm – Drinks for all
7:15pm – 8:15pm –-‘The Decorative Potential of Blazing Factories’ by Bruce Mclean and Gary Chitty film screening
8:45pm – 9:05pm – Jack Britton presents: Stomping Grounds
9:30pm – 9:50pm – Jamal Sterrett presents: BRUK UP – The components that make me whole

Salmon Gallery
7pm – 10:30pm – Plant Pot Painting, Drop-In All Night

Gallery
7pm – 11pm – ‘Strike a Pose’ interactive photo booth
8:30pm – 9pm – Life drawing Session 1
9:30pm – 10pm – Life drawing Session 2
10:15pm – 10:35pm – Lindsey Warnes presents: Why I Swim Part One – Push, don’t pull

Jack Britton presents: Stomping Grounds

An emotional and sincere performance that portrays the Parkour community in an authentic way. Two performers explore their relationship with the sport through mixed media, live looping and storytelling, that is often seamlessly synchronised with projected video of their own Parkour practice. While Parkour and its related movement practices are often used as tools in performances that tell other stories, this show puts Parkour itself under the spotlight. Its rich history, emotional value and vibrant community will be explored.

Jamal Sterrett presents: BRUK UP – The components that make me whole

A showcase performance displaying the components within Jamal’s interpretation of the dance style bruk up. To bring an awareness and understanding to where his movements stem from and his interpretation of this art form, Jamal lays out the bare bone foundations of his personal take on the bruk up style, before blending it all together. Jamal Sterrett is a self-taught dancer and performance artist whose works primarily deals with accessing and responding to the environment using the body. Stemming from bruk up, flexn and ballet, Jamal uses the heightened senses of his Asperger’s alongside these styles to transmute and embody site specific locations through dance.

Lindsey Warnes presents: Why I Swim Part One – Push, don’t pull

A small group of synchronised swimmers rehearse indoors; lido-less but not love-less as they glide through the gallery, sharing thoughts, feelings and paper. Lindsey Warnes is a writer, performer, comedian, and theatre maker who loves to swim. Her comedy characters and improv skills have delighted Midlands and further afield audiences for many years. She loves to create site-specific work and delves deeply into a treasure trove of home-made props and original sound scapes to create her unique performances.

Abstract colourful painting of Bruce McLean's garden.

Bruce McLean: Black Garden Paintings

25 June – 2 October 2022, Gallery 1 & 2
A sculptor, performance artist, filmmaker and painter, Bruce McLean is one of the most important figures in British contemporary art. This summer, Attenborough Arts Centre will present the most comprehensive exhibition of McLean’s Black Garden paintings.

Bruce McLean’s garden paintings are inspired by the beautiful, vibrant garden his wife Rosy has created at the couple’s home on the Spanish island of Menorca. The works showcase McLean’s virtuoso technique and dazzling use of colour – hot pinks, cobalt blues, and deep oranges vivid against a dark background. Monumental in scale the paintings hover somewhere between reality and abstraction with hints of pathways, ponds, flowers, and shrubs.

For McLean the Black Garden paintings are a response to the garden as a physical space, exploring aspects of light and shadow; they are paintings made by a sculptor.

A cream cloth tent in an empty room, with windows to the left letting in sunshine that highlights the tent and room.

Letty McHugh: Anchorage

8 October – 3 December 2022, Gallery 2
Attenborough Arts Centre presents Letty McHugh’s, Anchorage. Her work aims to connect and bring solace to people experiencing isolation and chronic illness, with the centrepiece, ‘Anchorage’, a large textile installation referring to medieval anchorages at the centre of the exhibition.

Letty McHugh is an artist who is interested in the lives, stories and experiences of people. McHugh’s work aims to connect and bring solace to people experiencing isolation and chronic illness. The centrepiece of this exhibition, ‘Anchorage,’ is a 4.5 x 3 meter textile installation referring to anchorages: spaces created for people during the medieval period who chose to isolate from secular society while providing opportunity for connection with others with similar values.

A yellow rectangle framed by a beige frame, with an umbrella in the middle, were an upside down zebra and human hold up the pole. To the left of them is a child with horns.

Mohammad Barrangi: Playing in Wonderland

29 October 2022 – 5 March 2023, Gallery 1
This autumn, Attenborough Arts Centre is delighted to present a major exhibition of new work by Mohammad Barrangi. ‘Playing in Wonderland’ will invite audiences to step into the artist’s imaginative world of fantastical characters and colourful scenery.
The newly commissioned work presented here will build upon recent exhibitions at The Art House Wakefield and Edinburgh Printmakers, in which Mohammad has pushed his practice into larger scale works, installation and sculpture.
Mohammad Barrangi was born in Rasht, Iran, in 1988. Now based in the UK, he is both a globally recognized artist and a medal-winning athlete who has represented Iran internationally in the 100m sprint.
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Visual Artist Support Commissions: Attenborough Arts Centre & Disability Arts Online

Five disabled artists were given Support Commissions through 2021 by Disability Arts Online and Attenborough Arts Centre. The programme took place between February and July 2021 and offered each of the artists £1500 towards the creation of a new piece of work, plus group sessions, training and one-to-one development time with DAO and AAC staff.
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Trans Post Project

The Trans Post Project is back for 2022 and Attenborough Arts Centre invites you to sign up for a free postcard pack to connect creatively this Trans Day of Visibility. Click below to find out more about how you can get involved and the incredible artists involved in the project.

Exhibition Archive

An archive of the exhibitions we have shown over the last 20 years.