Cash Boost for local artist-run gallery will fund two years of exhibitions

Leicester based artist-run gallery and studios Two Queens are pleased to announce a new two-year programme of exhibitions and events across 2016-18, Launching the 10Th June with a solo exhibition of newly developed sculptures and digital artworks by Birmingham-based artist Joanne Masding, titled ‘stuffs wander off, and shape steps in’.

Two Queens were able to secure just under £50,000 in funding for the two-year programme of exhibitions and events from public funding by the National Lotterythrough Arts Council England, with additional support from Leicester City Counci‘Cultural Activity Partnership Scheme’ and the School of Arts, De Montfort University.

Two Queens founder member and co-director, Daniel Sean Kelly said “The funded support of this programme by our partners at Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and De Montfort University means that we are able to commission internationally recognised contemporary artists to present newly developed work exhibition in Leicester. Our focus is on presenting artwork that is innovative and interesting, and we want to be able to reach out to the people of Leicester with the programme and say “come and see something new and exciting.”

The not-for-profit gallery and artist studios, which is run by Leicester-based artist and co-directors Daniel Sean Kelly and Gino Attwood with a committee made up fellow studio holders, has been based in Leicester’s cultural quarter since 2012, with the aim of providing regular contemporary art exhibitions and affordable artistsstudios for emerging artists.

The organisation was founded when the co-directors and their peers graduated Fine Art courses at De Montfort University and Loughborough University in 2011were brought together with the support of Leicester City Council to find a use for unused premises at 2 Queen Street in the heart of the cultural quarter. In the four years that it has been running, Two Queens has hosted over 25 exhibitions work with over 150 emerging artists from across the UK.

Alongside the programme of six main exhibitions across 2016-18, Two Queens havalso been able to offer a series of smaller artist development bursaries for eastmidlands based artists that will allow them to develop a small body of work for exhibition at Two Queens’ secondary ‘project space’.

The first of these exhibition will be by Nottingham-based performance artist Beth Kettel(9-23th July) followed by Leicester-based digital artist Khush Nubian (30th July-13th August).

For more information about exhibitions at Two Queens visit