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Artist Opportunities

Attenborough Arts Centre wants to hear from Artists of any discipline looking to collaborate with young people in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) settings across Leicestershire through intensive 18 day residencies. We are currently seeking artists for three separate residencies at Oaklands School, Birkett House or Ashmount School.

As part of the 4 year SENsory Atelier programme funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a partnership of 9 special schools across Leicester and Leicestershire, and Attenborough Arts Centre, are working with young people, families, a network of artists and teachers, and local businesses to explore arts-based residencies, and creative learning through gallery visits and performance.

Our approach is inspired by social pedagogies including the practice of Reggio Children, Sightlines Initiative and House of Imagination. In short, we seek to develop creative learning behaviours with young people in SEND settings, to develop teacher’s and artist’s abilities to scaffold this work, and to facilitate meaningful sharing of learning through practical and reflective networks.

Commitment and Fees – Each residency consists of 18 days of residency activity – including initial observations, planning, delivery, reflection and evaluation.

Oaklands  The residency at Oaklands School is expected to be a focused period starting in February 2023 at the earliest, and ending in May 2023 at the latest, anticipated to last between 6 to 20 weeks.

Birkett House – The residency at Birkett House is expected to be a focused period starting in May 2023 at the earliest, and ending in July 2023 at the latest, anticipated to last between 6 to 20 weeks.

Ashmount School – The residency at Ashmount School is expected to be a focused period starting in March 2023 at the earliest, and ending in July 2023 at the latest, anticipated to last between 6 to 20 weeks.

Actual grouping of sessions is negotiable between the needs of the school and successful candidate.

Fee per school – £4500 plus additional materials budget (£150) – £4650 total

Closing dates for applications:

Oaklands School – Monday 9th January at 1pm

Birkett House – Monday 16th January at 1pm

Ashmount School – Monday 30th January at 1pm

To learn more and to apply, download the Artist Callout (465KB)


We are looking for Gallery Assistant Volunteers for our next exhibition!

Volunteers are important members of the Attenborough Arts Centre front of house team. They are people who share a love of the arts, giving their time to contribute to the continued success of the centre

As an AAC Volunteer, you will be part of an organisation with decades of experience in providing performances, courses, workshops and activities for children and families.

You would be a public face for the AAC, providing support and assistance within our gallery spaces. Ensuring our customers and visitors have a positive and enjoyable experience during their visit and aiding in their desire to return.

Download – Gallery Assistant Volunteer Role Description

Contact Noreen Gallagher, (Volunteer Coordinator) with a short paragraph explaining your interest in the Gallery Assistant role at Attenborough Arts Centre.


We have no commissions open currently.

Paid Opportunities

Gallery Assistant Facilitator

We are looking for enthusiastic Gallery Assistant Facilitator’s to work with our Learning and Outreach team, to provide administrative support, working with artists, schools and other groups, including children, young people, schools, families and those with complex needs.

Duration: 5 hours per week – Saturdays Essential

Rate of Pay: £10.91

Deadline: Monday 20 February 2023

To learn more and apply, click here.

Call out: Creative Learning Tutors

Do you have a passion for the arts? Got an idea for a course or workshop? Do you have experience in teaching art? We would love to hear from you!

Join our amazing group of creative tutors here at Attenborough Arts Centre for our 2023 Summer programme. A fantastic opportunity for you to impart your love for the arts to the local community whilst discovering a new side to your own practice. Your course could be drop-in, one off, or a longer-term programme.

All are welcome to apply, and we welcome tutors from diverse backgrounds and approaches to creativity.

Click below for more information

Creative Courses Call Out Summer 2023

To apply, email your completed form to alistair.burns@leicester.ac.uk before 5pm on Friday 3 February.

Download the application form to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Paid Call-Out for professional Musicians to join our Soundbites programme!

Every Tuesday lunchtime, we provide a free music performance at Attenborough Arts Centre for our community audience. We try to schedule a variety of genres and we are looking to expand our list of artists.

A Soundbites performance includes: a fee of up to £100.00, a performance on a Tuesday lunchtime between 12:15-13:15, including use of the PA for amplification in the main hall.

This is our paid call-out for local professional musicians. As an inclusive arts centre, offering opportunities for all, Attenborough Arts Centre will be happy to receive applications from all professional individual artists or music acts regardless of experience. However, we encourage applications from artists who may meet the following criteria:

Artists from underrepresented backgrounds.

A show which is accessible and appropriate for a wide audience.

A show which will be engaging, enjoyable and entertaining.

A show which will leave the audience with a positive outlook or perspective on current issues.

A show that might seek to engage its audience as active participants. (such as handing out musical instruments.)

How to apply? 

Please see the full details on the application form at the link below.

Download Application Form

If you need to apply in a different way, please email surrinder.bhatia@leicester.ac.uk or call 0116 2522455.

We invite applicants all-year round.

Best of luck!