Universitys Attenborough Arts Centre turns 19 this week

The University’s prestigious Attenborough Arts Centre is to have its 19th birthday on Friday 27 May.

Supported by the Attenborough family in honour of their original patron Lord Richard Attenborough, the centre will mark the anniversary with a birthday bash filled with cake, balloons and party hats, along with the opportunity for visitors to experience a number of spectacles and showcase events.

Friday will also allow visitors, who have not yet had the opportunity, to experience three new free exhibitions. This includes ‘The Reliquary Project’, a pioneering artwork display promoting the value of animal bones which was conceptualised by local artist Jo Dacombe in collaboration with Dr. Richard Thomas and the Bone Laboratory at the University.

A 19% discount will also be available on a variety of goods including ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculptures and homeware as part of the festivities.

Michaela Butter, Attenborough Arts Centre’s director, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate 19 years of working alongside some great partners and supportive funders to offer an inspirational range of high quality and unique performances, courses, workshops and exhibitions. We care about nurturing local talent and offering audiences, including disability-led organisations, the opportunity to enjoy or participate in our vibrant programme of activities.”

The Attenborough Arts Centre, which opened in 1997, has played a monumental role in promoting accessibility and inclusivity. Over the course of the last 19 years a range of prospects have been exhibited - including courses and workshops, contemporary art, performance and live art, theatre and comedy, live music and jazz, dance, activities for children and families. It has also played a pivotal role in endorsing emerging talent and disability-led performance companies as well as supporting those starting their careers. These ideas have been recognised through multiple awards and grants from the Arts Council England, British Council, BBC Children in Need, Leicester Shire Promotions and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.