15m contemporary art gallery launch announced

The University has begun work to create one of the largest dedicated contemporary gallery spaces in the East Midlands, due to be completed in Autumn 2015.

Work began on Monday 5 January at the Richard Attenborough Centre for the £1.5 million new gallery and courtyard. The development will be Leicester’s new home for contemporary art and will continue to realise Lord Attenborough’s dream of providing maximum access to the arts for people from across the community.

The new gallery, which is free to the public, increases the Richard Attenborough Centre’s size by over 400 square metres, split over two levels maximising the exhibition space.

A turf-cutting ceremony on 6 February will mark the official start of the build project. Michael Attenborough CBE, well-known theatre director, honorary graduate and son of the late Lord Attenborough, will attend the ceremony.

The public is encouraged to support the award-winning work of the Centre and help fulfil Richard Attenborough’s original vision to improve access to the arts for all.

Contributing to The Breaking Barriers Appeal will ensure ongoing opportunities for even more people by creating the new gallery space.