Attenborough Arts to host British artist’s largest solo exhibition

Aaron Williamson at a previous gallery exhibition

A new exhibition of the work of renowned British artist Aaron Williamson opens at the University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre on Saturday 11 May 2019.

The exhibition, Williamson’s largest solo showing to date, features a new commission by Attenborough Arts Centre, ‘Inspiration Archives’. Williamson’s eclectic practice spans performance, objects, place and space, and is informed both by his experience of becoming deaf and his politicised yet humorous approach to disability.

‘Inspiration Archives’ brings together never-before-seen collections of objects, artefacts, ephemera, film footage and photography, which document the lives of several historically overlooked personalities. Those featured include Deaf wrestler Cain in Chains; Charlotte Waterton, the granddaughter of historic zoological illustrator William Waterton, who documented abnormal behaviour in animals; and paraplegic traveller and explorer 'Parachute Susan' O'Sullivan.

To accompany the ‘Inspirational Archives’ installation, Attenborough Arts Centre and Aaron Williamson have collaborated to curate a retrospective of his past solo and collaborative projects, including film, performance, objects, text and photography.

Over the last 25 years Williamson has created over 300 performances, videos, installations and publications in Britain, Japan, China, Australia, the United States, Canada, throughout Europe and South America, and beyond.

Aaron Williamson’s exhibition will run at the Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, from Saturday 11 May to Sunday 14 July. 

A free public opening will be held on Friday 10 May, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Booking required via the Attenborough Arts Centre website.

Entry to the gallery is free. Gallery opening times: 

  • Monday - closed
  • Tuesday to Friday - 12.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Saturday - 10.00am to 5.00pm
  • Sunday - 12.00pm to 4.00pm