Leicester’s new art map aims to highlight the city as a destination for art lovers

Leicester Art Galleries have joined forces to produce a new art map for the city and county.

Comprising over 40 galleries, studios and workshops, the Leicester Art Map was produced by Leicester Visual Arts (LVA), a consortium of the city’s public galleries, including Attenborough Arts, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester Gallery DMU, Leicester Print Shop, Phoenix and two queens.

Covering locations from Bootsford to Staunton Harold, the map includes a range of venues, from exhibition space in a Methodist chapel and small commercial galleries, to the largest institutions based at the county’s universities.

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The idea is that the map will be a useful tool for first-time visitors to the city and county, helping to make Leicester a destination to come and see exhibitions, while also emphasizing to local residents how much art and culture is all about. are available at their doorstep. .

According to LVA, the pandemic has shown the importance of places where people can gather and do arts and crafts, and many discovered during the lockdown that creative activities are good for their health and well- to be.

The map serves as a directory for new and existing creators and artists to find facilities, including artist-run studios, ceramics and printing workshops, and a darkroom for analog photography.

The LVA consortium is also behind the Leicester Art Week, which has been in existence since 2016 and returns this year from 12 to 21 November. Art Week 2021 will feature a program of more than 50 exhibitions and events across the city.

The festival and the card were made possible by a grant of almost £ 15,000 from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England.

Copies of the map can be picked up at all participating sites or requested by emailing [email protected] An online version can also be found here on the Leicester Art Week website.

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