Leicester Sketch Club Art Exhibition

sock galleryA collaborative exhibition by Leicester Sketch Club opens this week at the Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery.

For over 100 years, Leicester Sketch Club has encouraged and inspired local artists through a series of professional demonstrations, workshops and meetings.  The Club is delighted to present its exhibition of new, original drawings and paintings at Sock Gallery, which runs through until 19th March.

To accompany the opening of the exhibition, there’s an opportunity to meet some of the artists involved and watch them at work during a special demonstration to be held on Saturday 6th February between 10am-1pm. Entry is free.

The Sock Gallery is located within the foyer area at Loughborough Town Hall. It is open Mondays-Saturdays from 9am-5pm and when the venue is open for events and shows.  Entry to the Gallery is free of charge.

Dreamtimes at the Loughborough Town Hall

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A new free ‘Sockette’ solo exhibition, Dreamtimes, by Samantha Lyon has opened this month at the Sock Gallery in the Loughborough Town Hall.

Having grown up abroad, Samantha has experienced a number of other cultures and traditions which have inspired her work, including observing, first hand, Aboriginal artists, whose artwork she fell in love with.

A self-taught artist with a love of vibrant, lively colours, Samantha paints predominantly Aboriginal-style paintings, using techniques such as dotting. Traditionally, such paintings make use of earthy tones, but Samantha incorporates brighter shades, also deviating from traditional Aboriginal art by depicting animals not native to Australia.

Dreamtimes is on display until 30th April. Sockette is located on the first floor at Loughborough Town Hall, accessed from the main foyer area. It is open Mondays-Saturdays from 9am-5pm and when the venue is open for events and shows.  Entry to all of Loughborough Town Hall’s galleries is free of charge.

Database Trial – Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice

slavery agricultureThis February we’re trialling a historical database exploring the history and social implications of slavery and the slave trade.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice is designed as an important portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections covering an extensive time period, between 1490 and 2007, from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. Close attention is given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social-justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.

To begin searching please go to: http://www.slavery.amdigital.co.uk/ – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 1st February 2016.

Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Database Trial – American Consumer Culture

barbieThis month we’re trialling a fascinating historical resource that may be of great interest to marketing students and those interested in the often weird & wonderful world of American advertising.

American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965 provides a unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the market research reports and supporting documents of Ernest Dichter; the era’s foremost consumer analyst and market research pioneer.

The collection is a treasure trove of information on some of America’s best known brands, containing thousands of reports commissioned by advertising agencies and global businesses in a booming era for consumerism, ‘Madison Avenue’ advertising and global brands on consumer goods ranging from tobacco and broadcasting to cars and hotels.

Immensely influential, Dichter’s Freud-inspired studies put the consumer “on the couch” and emphasised the unconscious motives behind consumer behaviour. The Institute of Motivational Research employed trained social scientists and used established methodologies to conduct psychological research. Dichter’s career reached its peak after Vance Packard’s bestselling exposé The Hidden Persuaders (1957) presented Dichter as a mastermind manipulator who could exploit the emotions of consumers for the benefit of any advertising agency or big brand.

The work of Dichter and his Institute for Motivational Research provided the building blocks for many of the great campaigns of advertising’s golden age – including Exxon’s famous “put a tiger in your tank” campaign and the slogan “bet you can’t just eat one” for Frito-Lays – as well as facilitating the successful introduction of Mattel’s Barbie Doll (pictured above from their archive).

This collection will provide researchers of consumer culture, business, advertising, marketing and psychology with a wealth of documentation. The wide variety of industries featured will allow for diverse – and multilateral – approaches from a range of academic disciplines.

To begin searching please go to: www.consumerculture.amdigital.co.uk – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 1st February 2016.

Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Light in the Landscape at the Town Hall

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A new free exhibition with a suitably wintery theme, Light in the Landscape, by Loughborough College graduate Rod Shaw begins in Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery this week.

In enjoying hill walking and his passion for the beauty of the natural world in all seasons, Rod turned to the landscape as a source of inspiration for painting.  When touring Britain and Ireland over many years, from the Western Isles in Scotland to the creeks and coves of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, as well as numerous places in between, he has always found endless possibilities for painting.

In Light in the Landscape, Rod depicts local scenes as well as those from elsewhere and explores the way in which the landscape is transformed by the fleeting effects of light and weather, using a variety of formats and considered compositions.

The exhibition runs from 10th December until 23rd January. The Sock Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and while the Town Hall is open for shows and events.

Paris Climate Change Conference – Useful Study Resources

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If you’ve been following events at the Paris Climate Conference this week and have an interest – either academically or personally – in climate change or just the state of the weather, Librarian Heather Dawson from the London School of Economics has compiled a very useful list of freely available online resources on her research blog, which you can find via this link:

http://alissresearch.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/paris-climateb-change-conference.html

They range from media outlets to governmental and international resources, as well as links to academic research and analysis. Please note that some of the links apply to resources that are only available through the LSE.

Image by Alan Grinberg, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Alice in Wonderland at the British Library

8094521102_c664d3c69d_zTo celebrate 150 years since the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s seminal children’s tale Alice in Wonderland, the British Library are this week launching a special exhibition dedicated to all things Alice.

Although the story has been adapted, appropriated, re-imagined and re-illustrated since its conception, Carroll’s original story continues to inspire new generations of writers, illustrators and film-makers.

On display will be Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript with hand-drawn illustrations, alongside stunning editions by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali and others.

The exhibition runs from Friday 20th November through until Sunday 17th April 2016. Admission is free.

For further information visit the British Library website here.

Alice in Wonderland book jacket courtesy of misopocky, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

An Aesthetic Study of Ordinary Spaces at the Town Hall

balcony-gallery LOGOsmlBeginning this week Loughborough Town Hall is hosting a solo photography exhibition by 2nd Year Fine Art student David Earey.

David’s photography explores ambient lighting and sense of place and his exhibition in the Balcony Gallery will focus on images of Loughborough, with the intention of showing a beauty that is often overlooked.

The exhibition begins on 17th November and runs until 27th February. The Balcony Gallery is located on the 1st floor in the Loughborough Town Hall, accessed from the main foyer area. It is open Monday-Saturday and when the venue is open for events and shows. Entry is free.

International Day at the Student Union

Int_Day_2015_Pack_Landscape-ScreenOn Wednesday 18th November the Student Union are hosting the amazing and interactive annual International Day! Students from all around the globe studying at Loughborough will represent their countries by sharing their culture and lifestyle by giving out food, samples of drinks, activities, performances and much more!

The event will run from 11am-4pm and will be opened by the Vice Chancellor of the University.  The Chief Operating Officer of the University and the Mayor of Charnwood will also be attending on what will be an amazing day.

For more information, go to http://www.lsu.co.uk/internationalday/

Play Loughborough – Online

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Back in August Radar hosted the Play Loughborough event in the town centre as part of their Market Town commission, which involved a day of game-jamming with artist Ruth Catlow. Loughborough residents created drawings and shared their thoughts on the future of their town. The output from the day was then transformed by Ruth into the characters, landscape, rules, obstacles, and objectives of an interactive online game. Radar are now very excited to announce that this game is now online and ready to be played!

Ruth has already created two levels for the game which you can play straight away by visiting the Play Your Place website here. But the fun doesn’t stop there – the games are open for anyone to edit and remix as they like! So why not sign up for free and create your own game level? If you need a little help, check out these tutorials for help and hints on the process. You can also find video samples of gameplay from Ruth’s levels here if you’re looking for some inspiration!