Attenborough Arts Centre launches new touring exhibition Lets Play Vinyl

Attenborough Arts Centre will be launching a National touring exhibition entitled ‘Let’s Play Vinyl’ from the 14 October to 24 November.

The exhibition – launching in Leicester this October during Black History Month – uses portraiture and interviews to shine a light on new and more diverse sound systems, which are pushing through the traditions of reggae and vinyl.

Interviews and portraiture by photographer Elliot Baxter will reveal defining characteristics of the new generation that is becoming more diverse in terms of ethnicity and the greater emergence of female sound system operators.

The exhibition will begin in the Balcony Gallery at Attenborough Arts Centre on Saturday 14 October, and remain on show until Friday 24 November 2017. It will then continue on to Goldsmiths University of London, Birmingham City University and The University of Huddersfield.

Sam West, Visual Arts Officer for Attenborough Arts Centre, said:  “We are really excited and proud to launch this touring exhibition that celebrates the diversity of the new generation of sound system operators. Leicester is home to a thriving music scene and the exhibition really is a must-see for our cultural city.

“On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October we invite audiences to participate in our hands-on workshops including ‘How to build a sound system’, Toasting workshops and the opportunity to bring along and play your own vinyl on our sound system.”

The exhibition forms part of the Let’s Play Vinyl National Tour developed by Let’s Go Yorkshire in partnership with the University of Leicester; Goldsmiths, University of London; Birmingham City University; and the University of Huddersfield.