Leicester Art Week 2020


Leicester Art Week is a visual art festival produced by Leicester Visual Arts, presenting an exciting programme of exhibitions, events and commissions across the city and online in November 2020.

Lockdown means most of this is now online but there's still plenty going on- find out more below...



Art & Makers' Online Shopping

Browse and buy handmade products from 40 of the region's finest artists and designer-makers!

November 15th - December 24th


An Exhibition of URLs

A look at URLs that have inspired artists over the COVID-19 lockdowns​

November 24th 7pm, zoom- register here

Creative Coffee

Brew up a pot and tune in for the first ever live episode of 'Creative Conversations' interview with Studio Open & L.O.V.EArt artist Alison-Carpenter Hughes


+ Q&A and networking

Wednesday November 25th, 10am- 12pm, FREE

Sign up via Eventbrite

Objects Relating: Kathryn Cooper

Join artist Kathryn Cooper for a 1:1 online performance exploring your particles and Kathryn Cooper’s particles, the nature of therapy and our sensations in meat space with each other. Bring your coat and bag as Kathryn takes you on a journey to an alternative Leicester Art Week in non-Covid times. 
The performances will be conducted over Zoom.

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th November 2020

Booking link: https://attenborougharts.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173606053

Leicester Print Festival

This year’s Leicester Print Festival is going virtual! Offering an exciting programme of events from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th November during Leicester Art Week. Leicester Print Workshop will be releasing a variety of practical activities alongside conversations and demonstrations, pre-recorded in the studio and available to watch at any time. Always popular with children, our drop in printmaking activities for young artists will be filmed for families to join in from home. Alongside the pre-recorded content there will be a number of live sessions from yoga to a coffee and print morning, a virtual tour of the workshop, and virtual gallery.

November 23rd, 10am 


The Viewing Room: In Conversation

To celebrate Leicester Art Week and the launch of UKNA’s The Viewing Room, Michelle Bowen, Director of UKNA
will be ‘in conversation’ with Curator Garth Gratrix, and Leicester-based artist Jarvis Brookfield. Garth and Jarvis will
discuss their work and delve into their first experience of curating and exhibiting in a virtual exhibition. A great
opportunity to gain an insight into the fairly new world of virtual exhibitions, and to think about what the future holds
for this way of working.

Wednesday 25th November, from 6pm


Podcast with Kelly Richardson and Next Gen. Creatives 

In a special episode of the Attenborough Arts Centre podcast, we have the pleasure of talking with Canadian artist Kelly Richardson about how she developed Mariner 9, why she decided to make a deserted future Mars the focus of her work, and much more. She will also be answering questions from the Next Gen. Creatives, 14 – 19-year-old creatives from Leicester.

November 23rd, 4pm


Unexpected Tales with Julene Robinson

What if our existence was made from the first breath of love? Julene Robinson’s contribution to our storytelling series incorporates the feeling of an Afro-Caribbean storytelling circle, inviting us to experience the night sky, reimagined through a mythical story about how we all came to be. Listen in live on the Attenborough Arts Centre Facebook page.

November 26th, 7pm


Leicester Print Fair

Leicester Print Fair will take place online for the first time! Following the success of our first fair in July 2019, this years' event will once again feature original prints by artists from all over the UK. A perfect opportunity to purchase one of a kind gifts and artwork for your home!

Saturday November 28th, 10am- 10pm 



Exhibitions & Galleries

A brand new virtual exhibition and online collection, presenting new work by twelve of the UK’s most exciting emerging visual artists. There is a breadth of work for you to enjoy and this is a great opportunity to see, and purchase stunning contemporary art for your home or office. Each artist has been chosen to reflect the diversity of artists living and working in the UK, as well as the diversity of mediums and visual languages being tested and
presented by artists today.

See the exhibition here

See the launch event talks here

Jarvis Brookfield | Hannah Campion | Lisa Denyer | Parham Ghalamdar | Juliet E P Gibbs | Sarah Gilman | Timothy Hon Hung Lee | Ellen Ranson | Irina Razumovskaya | Joanna Whittle | Jodie Wingham | Rafal Zajko

Curated by Garth Gratrix

The Viewing Room gallery has been designed and built by Ronan Somerville.

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UK New Artists champions the next generation of creativity. We support collaboration and intercultural dialogue, ensuring a vibrant and diverse creative future for the UK. We develop artists’ practice through cross art form opportunities and celebrate creativity at national & international biennials. Our 'City Takeovers' alternate between the cities of Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln and Leicester, which is next up, 26th February - 1 March 2021.


Mariner 9 (2012) presents a panoramic view of the Mars landscape hundreds of years in the future. Created with software used by the film and gaming industries, and using data from NASA’s missions to Mars, the Canadian artist Kelly Richardson has created a realistic representation of the surface of Mars covered by the debris of centuries of exploration.

Exhibition not currently available online

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The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. We want everyone to feel welcome and get involved in what we do. The centre champions emerging talent and disability-led artists with a programme that includes performance, courses and workshops, contemporary art exhibitions, activities for children and families, and more.


A selection of rarely seen works from De Montfort University’s outstanding collections of modern and contemporary art with a particular focus concrete poetry and language based practices.

Not Currently online

Leicester Gallery is a part of De Montfort University and our work embodies the institutional mission of public good through a programme of world-class culture for our diverse audiences.

Leicester Gallery practices a broad and generous definition of culture including performance, games and music as well as painting, sculpture and film work in its programmes.


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Last year, shortly before Covid-19 emerged, artists were invited to create works inspired by the first Aerogramme, introduced into the Iraqi postal service in 1933, for LPW's sixth international mini print exhibition. This November, after some delay caused by the pandemic, these printed images from the global printmaking community will be available to see online through our very first virtual gallery.


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Leicester Print Workshop is the Midlands centre for fine art printmaking. Our large open access studio in Leicester's Cultural Quarter houses equipment for silkscreen, stone & plate lithography, etching, engraving, relief and letterpress. We have a community of over 200 artist members and a busy programme of printmaking courses for learners of all levels, exhibitions, projects and events.


Lucy Stevens is an artist based in Leicester whose artwork has been exhibited across the UK. She creates contemporary, vibrant abstract artworks on paper inspired by nature and museum collections.

Barbara Walker is a British artist based in Birmingham. Her work is shaped by the social, political and cultural realities that affect her life and those around her. These include issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and belonging.

See both their work here >

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Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is a world of discovery with collections and displays spanning the natural and cultural world. Entry is free to all visitors.


The Idle Index is an exhibition and online project featuring screensavers created by artists from, or with links to, Leicester. Screensavers have persisted as a common feature of digital devices long after their original purpose has become obsolete. They now serve as a reminder of our own inactivity, prompting us to continue working, browsing, watching or shopping. The Idle Index places artworks into the forgotten corners of our digital space to explore ideas of work, leisure, and usefulness.    


Online gallery from November 20th

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Phoenix is Leicester’s centre for film and digital art, with a programme of independent cinema and exhibitions by leading media and digital artists. Phoenix also offers a rich educational programme helping people of all ages to learn about - and create their own - film and art


Exhibition centred around a newly-commissioned film by Leeds-based artist Karanjit Panesar.

The film Actor, Container uses a narrative structure called a ‘strange loop’; a device that involves multiple levels of reality that are nested inside each other.

The work comes out of an ongoing investigation into the relationship between insides and outsides, a fascination with the idea of ‘behind-the-scenes’, and what these things can tell us about truth, agency and authenticity.


Online activity tbc

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Two Queens is an artist-run gallery and studio complex situated in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.
With the ambition of providing a centre for experimental modes of art production, exhibition and exchange, Two Queens is dedicated to establishing an agenda for new activity in the city and across the region.


The artist Studio Open exhibition is a chance to see the latest work out of the Leicester/shire's many and varied artists studios from studionAme and Two Queens, to the long established Knighton Lane Artists to Loughborough's Modern Painter, New Decorators and more. http://lcbdepot.co.uk/event/studio-open

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Studio Open is part of this years L.O.V.E. Art Exhibition the very best cutting edge and avant-garde creators and artists in and around Leicester

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LCB Depot is a creative hub at the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter offering workspace and studios for creatives, artists and designer-makers, a programme of social and networking events and supporting creative enterprise and enterprising creatives.




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