Phoenix is a haven for world cinema, independent movies, film festivals and media arts, based in the heart of Leicester's cultural quarter.

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Mon to Fri: 9.00 - 23.00
Sat & Sun: 10.00 - 23:00

Admission charges

All exhibitions are free of charge, fees vary for screenings and performances

Collection details

Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Music, Performing Arts

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A mars explorer image of the martian landscape

Framed Expanse

  • 10 June — 31 July 2016 *on now

Phoenix has commissioned artists Luci Eldridge and Meg Rahaim to make new work exploring the relationship between digital and print for this exhibition, taking place as part of Leicester Print Workshop’s Small Print International.

Whether rural or urban, peopled or desolate, landscape is encountered on-screen through the cybernetic eyes of drones, web-cameras and robotic explorers. Such imaging devices enable us to take part in a form of virtual travel, allowing us to witness the unknown or traverse the familiar through an unfamiliar eye.

Distances shrink with progress and the development of technology invites us to look in ever more detail at distant reaches of the universe. Yet these views of landscape remain partial and immaterial, manipulated and stratified, flattened and framed by technologies we do not fully comprehend.

An ongoing fascination with how landscape is represented by digital technologies is what drives the individual practices of Luci Eldridge and Meg Rahaim. Be it a pixelated flourish of cloud algorithmically rendered in the sky above Google Street View or the distant landscape of the planet Mars imaged by NASA’s rovers, landscape as a 360-degree physical experience is reconstructed via these imaging devices, withdrawn into a flat two-dimensional image.

Using printmaking as a practical and conceptual methodology, the digital is overturned in favour of the handmade as a means to reposition oneself within landscapes that are often distant and remote. Through analogue photography, etching, collage, and handmade textile techniques both artists offer contemplations on innately familiar landscapes, that would otherwise remain trapped within the digital space of the screen.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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Samantha Harvey, Trireme (Perchance to Dream), 2015, HD video, colour, sound, 5 min 11 sec


  • 25 August 2016 7-8:15pm

Selected from an international open-call, the eight films in this programme explore frontiers beyond the cinema space. Quite literally capturing the outside in some cases, these films also point at more abstract interpretations of this theme – psychological space, outer space and the anxieties of the contemporary condition.

The selected artist filmmakers in Outside are Graeme Arnfield, Amir Ghazi-Noory, Jenny Gordon, Samantha Harvey, Patrick Rowan, Lawrence Lek, Laura O’Neill and Benjamin Orlow.

Outside features work made in the last two years selected from over 300 films entries from across the globe. This programme first screened as part of the ICA’s Artists’ Film Biennial in 2016.

Screening as part of The Short Cinema 2016

This is the latest screening in our Artist Film programme, presented in collaboration with the ICA as part of the Artist Moving Image Network, funded by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • 18+




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