Arts Centres

15th May 2015

Leicester’s arts centres

A look at the buildings that form part of where the arts are presented and exhibited in Leicester and Leicestershire.

I – The City
II – The County (scroll down)

Firstly, the City


Curve designed by Raphael Vignoly
Curve designed by Raphael Vignoly

Leicester’s internationally renown theatre. Paintings and other art works are often exhibited in the pubic area in the foyer.

See the Curve website

Sixty8 Humberstone Gate

Sixty8 Arts Centre
Sixty8 Arts Centre

Formerly Fabrika Arts Centre the building has been taken over by new owners. The venue is now run as a social enterprise.

68-70 Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 3PL

The Leicester Creative Business Depot

The exhibition area and gallery at The LCD Depot
The exhibition area and gallery at The LCD Depot

The LCD Depot has a separate art gallery which is available for exhibitions. Exhibitions and other types of arts events are sometimes mounted in the Depot’s cafe area.

The LCB Depot website

Embrace Arts at The Richard Attenborough Centre

An important centre for the arts, located close to Leicester University. The venue houses exhibitions of arts and has a hall that is used for performances.

Visit the website for Embrace Arts

The Guildhall

Leicester's medieval Guild Hall
Leicester’s medieval Guild Hall

Dating back 600 years, Leicester’s Guildhall is one of the oldest timber-framed buildings in the country. Built in around 1390 for the Guild of Corpus Christi, the building was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1926. Today, the Hall serves as a performance centre for the arts, music and plays.

Visit the website for Leicester Guidhall

The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

Leicester’s leading Arts Gallery and Museum houses many important and fascinating collections.

See the website for the New Walk Museum

The Peoples Photographic Gallery

Situated at 2 Wellington Street, the building that now houses the Leicester Peoples Photographic Gallery used the serve as the city’s main lending library.

Visit the website for the gallery


Phoenix, cinema and arts centre
Phoenix, cinema and arts centre

Phoenix serves as a cinema and arts centre and is situated in Morledge Street in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. Phoenix is Leicester’s centre for independent cinema, art and digital culture. The centre’s address is given as 4 Midland Street, LE1 1TG

Find out what is on at Phoenix

Botanic Garden

University of Leicester Botanic Garden
University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Leicester University’s Botanic Gardens are home to a collection of Sculptures.

Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leicester LE2 2N

Visit website

Secondly – the County

For a listing of art galleries, museums and other places of interest, see Leicestershire County Council’s website

See the website for Charnwood Arts

See the website for Hinckley’s Ten2 gallery

The Atkins Gallery in Hinckley

See also

Our page listing What’s on in Leicester

Read our feature article about the Cultural Quarter

Victorian Arts Gallery reopens