The gallery is an inclusive multi-use Arts Centre, located at the University of Leicester’s Campus, and is a purpose-made home for contemporary visual art. Designed by GSSArchitecture, the new wing has increased the size of the arts building by 50%, and has created a series of interlinked spaces together with an external sculpture garden, which will be open to the public, ultimately making it one of the largest contemporary art spaces in the East Midlands.
The original Richard Attenborough Centre was completed in 1997, the result of a campaign championed and led by Sir David’s late brother Lord Attenborough. One of only two purpose-built accessible Arts Centres in the East Midlands for the promotion of arts and disability, it is a winner of a Royal Institute of British Architects’ Award for Arts and Health, and cited as “an outstanding example of universal design” on the English Heritage’s Disability in Time and Place website.
The publicly-accessible art gallery uses the latest technology and will deliver three temporary exhibitions per year, giving free entry to the public. Extending the current ‘performance and creative learning’ offer, the gallery will endeavour to encourage new audiences and communities to engage with Attenborough Arts’ programming. The gallery will also bring local, national and international contemporary art to eager audiences in Leicester, uniquely adding to the cultural value and vitality of the city. Architect: GSSArchitecture