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 Opening Hours
Weekdays – 12pm – 5pm
Weekends – 12pm – 4pm

A black screen with a spot of yellow light in the right, top corner. In the bottom middle is a bright square screen with a blurry image of a man.

Jas Singh: hippocratic / hyprocrite

11 February – 16 April 2023, Gallery 2
Jas Singh presents a new, inclusive digital arts installation that explores the mechanics of identity and the narratives that surround it, drawing on the artist’s own experiences as a disabled, British Asian artist.
Tony Heaton looking at the camera, in front of a marble sculpture he had made of abstract figures sitting together.

Tony Heaton: altered

24 March – 25 June 2023, Gallery 1
A major solo exhibition by British sculptor and disability rights activist, ‘altered’ produces intelligent and thought-provoking work that is a reflection of the artist’s own lived experience as a disabled person.
Old yellow Registered Handicapped Card with photo of Christopher aged 13 with a redacted bar across his eyes. The card reads 'To be returned to Social Services Department if you move from Brent or when card is no longer required'.

Christopher Samuel: The Archive of An Unseen

5 May – 16 July 2023, Gallery 2
Christopher Samuel is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in identity and disability politics, often echoing the many facets of his own lived experience.
An infographic with torn pink and white paper with bold 'Trans Rebels' on black tape going across the paper.

Trans Post Project 2023: Trans Rebels

The Trans Post Project is back for 2023! Attenborough Arts Centre invites you to sign up for a free postcard pack and get creative on the theme of Trans Rebels.

You will receive four newly designed art cards by Fox Fisher, Black Lodge Press, BLK Moody Boi and Emma Frankland to send to friends or display in your space. Use the blank postcard and activity sheet included to create your own design and contribute to our online community gallery, revealed on Trans Day of Visibility 2023.

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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.

Exhibition Archive

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