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Richard Attenborough Centre

Embrace Arts at the Richard Attenborough Centre, in partnership with University of Leicester, is multi-faceted arts centre open to all. Its state-of-the-art building comprises a 120-seat performance area, three studios and an exhibition gallery.

Embrace Arts promotes a rich programme of performance and learning activities across the calendar, encompassing a wide range of art forms and is one of the few centres in the East Midlands devoted to engaging disabled people in the arts. Embrace Arts nurtures inclusion in the arts for performers and audiences alike, and through its in-house events and outreach initiatives engages more than 45,000 people each year.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £50,000
  • 2013-2014: £51,150
  • 2014-2015: £52,480

Video feed

Lighthouse film by Georgie as part of Arts Award

A film created by Georgie Cubin as part of the Arts Award, to showcase the outcome of her arts challenge which she completed whilst working alongside professional artists, at Embrace Arts.

Turned on its head at Embrace Arts

Video created by De Montfort University dance students, 2013

Embrace Arts building tour and information 2013

A tour of the building by De Montfort University dance students, 2013.

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Eleanor Hartley's memories of Richard Attenborough

Dr Eleanor Hartley was the founding Director of the Richard Attenborough centre.

Bryan Organ's memories of Richard Attenborough

Bryan Organ has been a friend of Richard's for 40 years. He is a painter who painted Richard's portrait 5 times between 1982 and 2010.

Dr Frank May's memories of Richard Attenborough

Dr Frank May has been a friend of Richard's for over 20 years and a supporter of Richard Attenborough centre. He gave the Bryan Organ portrait of Richard to Embrace Arts. He is looking forward to sharing a bottle of wine with Richard on a future occasion!

Jake Harvey's memories of Richard Attenborough

Jake Harvey is the Film Programme coordinator at Phoenix Cinema in Leicester.

Jean Humphreys' memories of Richard Attenborough

Jean Humphreys is a friend of Richard and supporter of Richard Attenborough centre. Jean met Richard when she came to Leicester from Scotland with her husband. The Attenborough family helped her to settle in and she and Richard became life-long friends.

Keith Beaumont's memories of Richard Attenborough

Keith Beaumont was instrumental in working with Richard to secure the land for the Richard Attenborough centre. Keith was a dedicated board member until his recent retirement.

Kenton Hall's memories of Richard Attenborough

Kenton Hall is an actor, writer, musician and director whose work has been inspired by Richard's.

Louisa Milburn's memories of Richard Attenborough

Louisa Milburn is the current Director of Embrace Arts at the RA centre.

Richard Attenborough in Leicester

'Richard Attenborough in Leicester' is a celebration of Lord Attenborough's 90th birthday and his contribution to culture in Leicester. To mark his 90th birthday in August 2013, Embrace and Phoenix reached out to people in Leicester whose lives Richard has touched and asked them to recall their experiences and memories. This website provides a living record of those memories. They include a video message recorded for his birthday as well as more detailed interviews and histories recorded for this website and from the East Midlands Oral History Archive. For further info and to see other videos please visit

Sir Peter Soulsby's memories of Richard Attenborough

Sir Peter Soulsby is the City Mayor. Sir Peter was a great supporter of the initial scheme to build the Richard Attenborough centre and was a founding honorary patron.

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Contact details

Visit the Embrace Arts website

PO Box 138
Lancaster Road


52.62553, -1.12615

  • 52.62553 -1.12615

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