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A creative refuge in the heart of the city – All Saints Church

A hidden gem in the heart of the city. In the midst of urban development, and the heart of Leicester City Centre, sits a grade 1 listed medieval church which is soon to become a hive of cultural activity. Thanks to a new partnership between Leicester based contemporary arts development agency, ArtReach, and the Churches Conservation Trust, All Saints Church, which is located on Highcross Street, just behind Highcross shopping centre, is now to become centre stage for a wealth of arts projects and activities.

 Maddie Smart, Executive Producer for ArtReach explained the current plans. “Working in collaboration with the Y-Theatre, and thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the first project in the church, Sanctuaries, will work with a group of young people to explore local historical sites of sanctuary. Then, with professional artists, we will develop their findings into performances, installations and exhibitions all led and created by the young participants. We also have Heritage Lottery funding to further explore the history of the church and to create a sound installation reflecting that history as part of Journeys Festival International this August. Subsequently, plans include a community play as part of a new Night of Festivals event in Leicester in March 2020”.


Sanctuaries: exploring the history of safe spaces, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund through the national Kick the Dust programme and Y Heritage (through Leicester YMCA), will offer young people the opportunity to create an immersive installation in All Saints Church as part of Refugee Week 2019. The young participants will work with an artist and a director to design and deliver installations representing their own safe spaces which will be animated by live performance, audio and video.

A space for collaborative projects and programming.

ArtReach is currently developing a mixed model usage for the space, as part of which it will need to test ideas and projects. If you would like to suggest or discuss an idea please get in touch with