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Visual Arts commissioning

This page features some of the artists and projects we have recently commissioned. Further details about our commissioning programmes can be found here.
Disability Arts Online

Disability Arts Online

Attenborough Arts Centre and Disability Arts Online are pleased to announce the five artists selected to receive a commission of £1500 and participate in their new co-produced artist support programme.

At a time when disabled artists are facing additional and ongoing barriers to work, Disability Arts Online and Attenborough Arts Centre want to support those who are at risk of being unable to access vital resources and networks. Commencing in February and running through to June 2021, the programme will support artists to access the development, materials and resources they need to sustain their practice during the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A yellow portrait postcard shows two figures, back to back. They have their hands to their mouths as if calling or shouting. The one on the left is blue with pink hair and the one on the right is pink with blue hair. Their hair is long with a voluminous fringe, almost forming a heart-shape together, and they each have a set of horns in nonbinary flag colours. They have shining cheekbones, lips and nose, freckles, dark eye make-up, a slight moustache and a trans symbol tattoo on their shoulders.

Trans* Post Project

Attenborough Arts Centre invites you to sign up for a free postcard pack and connect creatively this Trans Day of Visibility.

We will send you a pack of postcards in advance of TDOV (31st March), featuring brand new, empowering artworks by Soofiya, Terr and Henry Dow, to send to a friend or keep for yourself. You will also receive a blank postcard template and access to creative tutorial by Soofiya to get you started creating your own TDOV postcard design. We’ll be sharing your creations through an online gallery and using #TDOVpostcards. Despite the isolating circumstances of the past year, we hope this will be an opportunity to feel connected to a bigger community, and to take some reflective creative time this Trans Day of Visibility.


Anya Bliss

Anya Bliss is an artist currently working between Milton Keynes and Bournemouth. She works in a variety of mediums depending on what best encompasses and portrays the message of the work. Each of her artworks aim to initiate discussions around sociopolitical and/or economic issues that typically impact minority groups or are issues that are frequently ignored. 

Anya uses her practice to produce works that can be considered forms of art activism. She uses cultural, psychological, and theoretical techniques to influence certain emotions to encourage the audience to start discussions and share their own experiences in relation to the subject portrayed.  

Anya’s commission is supporting her development of a new installation piece that will explore the way the Covid-19 pandemic and societies response has affected people living with disabilities. As Anya is a disabled artist herself, she has experienced first hand the biases in the governments response, and negativity against disabled and immune compromised people found on social media. She hopes to highlight these challenges and difficulties to educate and inform in a way that invites people to ask questions and get involved.

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Claye Bowler

Claye Bowler (b.1995) is an artist living and working in West Yorkshire. His work explores the archive – the body as an archive, hoarding as archiving, and looking at the political priorities of history. He is interested in how queer and trans narratives specifically have been perpetually hidden, erased or destroyed. 

Bowler uses sculpture and performance to subvert these practices in his own practice as well as creating space to showcase and support other queer and trans artists in Yonder – a residency programme and project space based in their own house and in the remote location of Slaithwaite. It offers a safe space to work as well as a retreat into nature.

This commission supports Bowler’s most recent work,  focused around the isolation of lockdown paired with the physical transition of their body: the lead up to surgeries and the violence of the (stalled) wait involved under the diminished funding and care of the NHS.  

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Loz Atkinson

Loz is based at StudionAme in Leicester and works across a wide range of media. We have commissioned her to further develop her ongoing series ‘Imagined Nebula’ for a solo exhibition at Attenborough Arts Centre in 2021.
art of dark steel trumpets hanging fromt he ceiling

Yambe Tam

Yambe is an artist based in London. She works across sculpture, installation and sound, and combines research in cognitive science, theoretical physics, psychology and Eastern philosophy with her personal experience in contemplative practices such as Zen Buddhism.

We have commissioned Yambe to further develop her recent installation at Barbican Arts Trust, ‘Musica Universalis’, for a solo exhibition at Attenborough Arts Centre in 2021

To see more of Yambe’s Musica Universalis, click here. 

text of office of change cut into cardboard

Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn is an artist based at One Thoresby Street in Nottingham. In addition to her training as an artist, she also trained as an art psychotherapist at Goldsmiths, University of London (2011-13) and worked for a number of years as an art psychotherapist in schools, care homes and the NHS.

Kathryn’s practice grew out of an interest in the organising of information and systems, and often has a participatory element that creates space for dialogue and meaningful interaction with the audience. She has an ongoing focus on mental health and mental distress in her work, and the systems and circumstances (often bureaucratic and institutional) in which people lose their ability to trust instinctive knowledge.

Kathryn is developing a new body of work based on small sculptures that she made during a brief period of art psychotherapy in 2009 – as the patient. These little clay fragments have an enigmatic quality, something to do with self preservation, creating defences between oneself and the other, self soothing and the creation externally of some psychological parts. Beginning with these small fragments, Kathryn will explore relationships between beings – thinking in particular about object relations theory (a psychoanalytic theory – a development of Freudian theories) and the act of going to therapy.

To see more of Kathryn’s work, click here.

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Tim Neath

Tim is an artist based at 2 Queens in Leicester. He has an interest in the imagery of Hollywood film, and uses cardboard and craft materials to create model miniatures that he then uses to make photography and video work.

Tim’s commission was to support him through the final stages of developing and filming his work ‘Cowboys Invaded’ which tells the story of aliens conquering the American West. This work is part of a strand of Tim’s practice that is concerned with the stories and politics of the Western genre of film, particularly the idea of Manifest Destiny.

Tim will be presenting his completed commission at Attenborough Arts Centre in January 2021.

To see more of Tim’s work, click here.

No Jobs in the Arts Cover - a sketched union flag draped over a chair

No Jobs in the Arts

No Jobs in the Arts (NJITA) is a collaborative project between artists Charlie Collins and Ryan Boultbee. Both are based in the East Mids (Derbyshire and Nottingham respectively).

No Jobs In The Aarts (NJITA) showcases the work of early career artists in the region using a zine format which is printed and distributed for free around galleries across the East Midlands.

We commissioned NJITA to produce a new edition of their zine focused on platforming the work of early career artists in the region who have a disability or otherwise face barriers to their practice.

You can access the digital zine here.  A limited print run will be produced to coincide with Leicester Art Week, 20-29 November 2020