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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Opening hours

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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Whose Gaze is it Anyway?

  • 27 August — 24 September 2015 *on now

Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? is an exhibition that looks at the history of Arab pop culture through printed matter – posters, notebooks, diaries and book covers – as well as film and video.

The inspiration for this exhibition began with the archive of Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh – a prolific collector whose underground treasure trove in Beirut holds one of the largest collections of Arab film memorabilia, from rare film posters to cultural magazines published from the 1930s to the present day.

Film posters from the archive will be displayed in the Cube Gallery, alongside a newly commissioned work by Sophia Al-Maria who presents an imaginary poster and sketchbook for her unmade film, Beretta – a rape-revenge thriller set in Cairo, which she has been attempting to produce over the past three years.


The Gain Line

  • 1 October — 29 November 2015

‘The Gain Line’ is a moving-image art work by Ravi Deepres, commissioned to coincide with the Rugby World Cup. The title refers to an invisible line on the rugby field that measures teams’ forward progress and their territorial advantage over their opponents.

The ‘gain line’: throwing their bodies into the fray to surpass it, and putting their bodies on the line to protect it, players attach inordinate importance to getting beyond this symbolic threshold on the pitch. Beneath the high-impact challenges that take place along this notional frontline, there is another ‘gain line’ players and coaches aspire to reach – one that parallels the rush of competing players with a swarm of chaotic, sometimes conflicting data, captured by a new generation of sensors that players wear in training, and in matches.


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Workshop: Critical Poster Design

  • 19 September 2015 2-5pm

Based on the collection of film posters from the 'Whose Gaze is it Anyway?' exhibition, work with artist Jo Dacombe to create your own posters using hand-printed techniques, exploring ideas of contemporary imagery, iconic images and self-representation raised in the exhibition.


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