Attenborough Arts Centre was founded in 1997, our purpose built centre was founded to meet Lord Attenborough’s vision of access to the arts. Over the last 19 years we have achieved excellent work in this area, we have also established a full performing arts programme.
When we became an Arts Council NPO in 2012, we embarked on a new learning and outreach programme, working with children, young people, schools and families for the first time, with a focus on increasing access for children with disabilities. Over the last 3 years we have won awards for Access, and established our role as an Arts Award welcome centre, with 55,000 visitors a year.
We are the largest contemporary arts venue in Leicester, with 3 new gallery spaces featuring high quality contemporary art that references socially engaged practice. Our exhibitions often celebrate the Disability arts movement and bring together the best and most significant pieces from the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive.
We are passionate about the role of the arts in helping us to connect with ourselves and the world around us- and our new exhibitions programme will focus on socially engaged practice, bringing world class local, national and international artists together who are responding to a range of disability themes and politics in their work. We hope to enable more collaboration between these artists and their audiences, enabling hard to reach groups of children and young people to be involved in the creation of new work, the arts are open to all.