DMU backs festival celebrating local visual artists


De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is at the forefront of an exciting festival to establish Leicester as a city for the visual arts.


Leicester Art Week, taking place between Friday 3–Sunday 12 November, offers students, contemporary artists and local people a diverse programme of exhibitions, film screenings, talks, performances, tours open studios and workshops.

Delivered through a collaboration between contemporary visual art organisations in Leicester, the festival showcases the best of British and international art, ranging from historical highlights to cutting-edge contemporary practice.

The festival kicks off with an opening party on Friday 3 November at The Gallery at DMU, Leicester’s largest gallery space.

DMU is hosting a number of other events, including an engaging talk by anthropologist Tim Ingold on Wednesday 8 November, who will be discussing how art, rather than science, is leading the way in promoting a radical ecological awareness.

An installation and reading from artists Frances Scott and Anna Lucas will take place at the university on Friday 10 November, with live photographic printing by video and photography expert at DMU Jim Boulton. 

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Artist Jamie Shovlin, whose latest film commission Subs is showing at The Gallery until Saturday 25 November, will be in conversation with the gallery’s curator Hugo Worthy on Monday 6 November.

Subs follows a season in the life of youth Sunday League football club Anstey Swifts and was made in collaboration with DMU’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture.

DMU is also joining forces once again with international graffiti festival Bring the Paint to create more colourful murals across the city, including festive Christmas trees. 

Ben Carpenter, Associate Professor in Fine Art at DMU, said: “It’s important that we work with partners to highlight the fantastic opportunities for visual artists across Leicester.

"Leicester Art Week is an invaluable platform for the visual arts in Leicester and a great opportunity to go and visit a venue that you might not have been to before. 

“It is fantastic that so many young people are able to show their work to new audiences, meet fellow artists and inspire future collaborations.”

For a full schedule of events taking place across the city, visit the festival’s dedicated website.

The organisations taking part are Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester City Council, LCB Depot, Leicester Print Workshop, Leicester Sketch Club, New Walk Museum, Phoenix, Soft Touch, StudionAme, and Two Queens.

Posted on Monday 30th October 2017

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