Designs have been finalised for a new art gallery at the University of Leicester’s arts centre Embrace Arts, which intends to showcase the best in contemporary visual arts.

Due to open next year, the new space will be an extension to the current Embrace Arts building – a creative hub for artists, performers, audiences and learners. The purpose built, public gallery will be the first such space in Leicester since the City Gallery closed in 2010.

Designed by GSSArchitecture, the extension will facilitate access to all users via the ground floor level, with an internal floor area of 507 square metres split over two levels. The gallery will have no permanent art collection and will programme three temporary exhibitions per year, as well as extending Embrace Arts’ current performance and creative learning activities.

Co-director of Embrace Arts, Louisa Milburn, said: “This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of visual arts in Leicester and across the Midlands region. The gallery will be part of our commitment to inclusion, enhancing access and participation to disabled visitors and ensuring that everyone can experience great exhibitions and performances, all in one venue.”

Deputy director of development, Ave Vinick, added: “We are delighted with the amazing support we have received from donors in the East Midlands, and beyond, for this very worthwhile project. We are optimistic that we will be able to close the small remaining fundraising gap over the next few months so that this exciting venture can go forward on time and as originally envisioned.”

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