Attenborough - Arts Centre

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Lancaster Rd
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Attenborough Arts Centre description


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The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. We want everyone to feel welcome and get involved in what we do. We are a pioneering arts centre designed to include everyone.

With over 18 years of experience, our programme offers courses and workshops, contemporary art exhibitions, performance and live art, theatre and comedy, live music and jazz, dance, activities for children and families, and more. We are proud to champion emerging talent and disability-led artists, supporting those starting their careers. Our outstanding access and inclusive work has been recognised, through multiple awards and grants from Arts Council England, BBC Children in Need, Leicester Shire Promotions and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Our audience has grown to 57,000 people over the last year.

Our brand new gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary British and international art. Doubling the size of our existing building, the new £1.5 million capital project makes Attenborough Arts Centre the largest contemporary art gallery in Leicester and one of the largest in the East Midlands area. The new gallery has been funded by Arts Council England, University of Leicester and over 1,000 public donations.

Attenborough Arts Centre’s work is inspired by Richard Attenborough, a world leading filmmaker, actor and lifelong patron of the arts. Richard Attenborough was an inspirational talent and pioneering thinker, our founding patron and a hands-on man who helped establishing our arts centre. Handing the patronage to his son Michael, we continue to follow Richard’s vision and continue his legacy striving to include everyone in great art, culture and learning.

Venue suitability

This venue is suitable for the following uses:





Venue facilities


Yes - Professional (manned)

Yes - Manned

Other venue facilities

Explore the rooms this venue has for hire by expanding the sections below.

Suitable for performances, concerts, conferences and meetings.

‘Our Main Hall is an intimate, flexible, performance space. The space boasts a full lighting rig, a selection of seating arrangements including two moveable and retractable tiered seating units and is naturally lit by a central skylight. The floor is hardwood timber sprung floor and is designed with good acoustics.’

Room size: 10.5m x 10.7m

Capacity: Theatre 70, Cabaret 40

10m x 11m




Suitable for dance classes/rehearsals, meetings and workshops

The room benefits from natural light and large windows with blinds and the ability to have complete blackout. It also has a built-in projector and is the ideal space for meetings and presentations.

Room size: 8.8m x 6.5m

Capacity: Theatre 30, boardroom 20

9m x 6m

Suitable for art activities, workshops and meetings.

The room benefits from large skylights and windows which give natural light.

It has two large accessible sinks, and access directly to our outdoor ramp. The room can be set with tables or easels, and is great for smaller creative meetings or art classes.

Room size: 10.1m x 5.3m

Capacity: Art room 14

10m x 5m

Suitable for art activities, workshops and meetings.

The room has very large windows facing out to the front and also boasts a working kiln. It can be set with easels and tables and is a very flexible space. It has two accessible sinks, as well as accessible easels. A supply of drawing boards can also be provided.

Room size: 12.8m x 6.4m

13m x 6m

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