The coming of spring brings so many wonderful changes to our lives such as longer days, more sunlight and beautiful flowers that are beginning to bloom. This spring, however, marks a large change for Attenborough Arts Centre as we say farewell to our Director of 12 years, Michaela Butter.
To commemorate the occasion, this Friday we held a Farewell Get-Together following the incredible exhibition launch for In Which Language Do We Dream. Attended by a close group of friends and colleagues that she had made throughout her career, the evening was filled with good company, kindness and celebration for the achievements she has made throughout her tenure. These included raising £1.5 million to extend our premise to include two new gallery spaces, forging support partnerships with creative hubs across Leicester and beyond to strengthen the cultural sector in the city, and supporting new and emerging artists within performance and the visual arts whether through commissioning, funding, or other means. You can read more about her time as Director through her blog by clicking here.
Throughout the evening many took to the microphone to delight all with tales of Michaela’s work, her passionate efforts, and reflect on who she truly was. Many of the most exciting artists who she had worked with throughout her career came out to perform; whether it was poetry, singing, improv, or a dramatic reading – it was perfectly Attenborough as it unique, diverse and exciting! We would like to thank Tim Sayers, Mike Dalzell, Olwen Davies & Ollie Smith of LaPelle’s Factory, Bobba Bennett, Mellow Baku, Carol Lemming MBE, Neil Lancaster, Morel O’Sullivan and Charlotte Beaver for their incredible performances that lit up the stage.
Early in the evening Michael Attenborough CBE, Patron of Attenborough Arts Centre, gave a rousing speech about Michaela’s dedication to the position, the centre and the creatives she has supported. He spoke of how his father, our founder Richard Attenborough, would have been astounded at were the centre was today through Michaela’s hard work and vision.
All of us here at Attenborough Arts Centre will be forever grateful for the work and dedication Michaela has put into the centre to make it what it is today, and we wish her the best retirement when she leaves us this April.