a gallery with art adorning the walls


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.

Art is for everyone

We curate four free-to-access gallery spaces across Attenborough Arts Centre. Situated on the first floor, our balcony gallery connects our bustling studio spaces with our café and theatre, and hosts four to six exhibitions a year. Our three main galleries host three large scale exhibitions per year, and can be the most peaceful spaces in Leicester.

Highly adaptable, these spaces have hosted a wide range of art pieces from artists all around the world from across the spectrum of artistic disciplines.

Plastic cowboys and native Americans fighting

Tim Neath - Cowboys Invaded

Coming soon

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A twist on the comic book ‘Cowboys & Aliens’, ‘Cowboys Invaded’ (2020) explores an alien occupation of the American West in a 50-minute mixed media stop motion.

Tim Neath has carefully crafted a sprawling model world using recycled cardboard and craft materials. The scenes are populated with dated vintage action figurines, set for an epic encounter on a miniature scale. Immersing the viewer in the imagery of Hollywood film, the piece unpicks the politics of the science fiction and Western genres, in particular the idea of Manifest Destiny: the belief that colonial expansion by American settlers was the will of God.

Tim Neath is an artist based at 2 Queens in Leicester and was commissioned by Attenborough Arts Centre to support him in the completion of this long-term project.

UK New Artists

UK New Artists

Friday 26 February – Monday 1 March 2021

New and emerging artists from across the UK will take over the city of Leicester for a long weekend.

Exhibitions, performance, music, writing and film and much more will animate cultural spaces and unusual places, presenting the work of over 50 practitioners at the leading edge of contemporary arts. In parallel, 20 artists will take up residence in Leicester; participating in collaborative ‘weekenders’ which will investigate   ‘sustainability’, ‘placemaking’ and ‘common interest’, respectively.  The overall programme will put a spotlight on Leicester’s geographic creative clusters; taking audiences on an immersive journey across spaces and art forms, and encouraging conversation through Q&As and tours. All events are free.

low brick corridors in a forest

Mik Godley: Considering Silesia

Coming soon

‘Considering Silesia’ observes the context of our evolving relationship with the internet, which increasingly enables us to virtually “visit” parts of the world and connect with strangers without leaving home.

Mik Godley is an artist and art school lecturer based in Nottingham. He is a painter who makes work using both traditional analogue painting techniques and digital iPad technology. His ongoing body of work ‘Considering Silesia’ was initiated in 2003, and explores the artist’s Anglo-German heritage, cultural memory, displacement and migration.  

‘Considering Silesia’ observes the context of our evolving relationship with the internet, which increasingly enables us to virtually “visit” parts of the world and connect with strangers without leaving home. Despite having never visited his mother’s homeland, Lower Silesia, Mik’s work documents the landscape and architecture of the region through images, video footage and maps found online. 

The selection of works presented in this exhibition at Attenborough Arts Centre form just a small part of this major body of work that has occupied the artist for over 15 years. Alongside major paintings and digital works, there will also be a selection of small sketches and works on paper that give further insight into how the project has developed over time, through Mik’s own evolving artistic practice and the technological developments that have offered increasingly detailed and immersive experiences of physically distant places and people. 

the cafe full of people with a group singing

Gallery Late

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.
tetrahedrons in combed sand

Visual Arts Commissioning 2019 - 2020

We are working with a wide range of artists throughout 2019 – 2020 across a number of disciplines and styles.
covers of the NJITA magazine

No Jobs In The Arts

No Jobs in the Arts is a new zine, shining a light on some of the amazing visual artists working in the East Midlands today.
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Exhibition Archive

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