Buildings & Beasts at the Loughborough Town Hall

Two new free exhibitions by local artists has begun in the Sock and Sockette Galleries at the Loughborough Town Hall this spring.

Buildings in a Landscape, hosted in the Sock Gallery, is a collection of water colour art by Felicity Jackson. Felicity paints on-the-spot, taking in the colour and feel of the moment. Within a landscape she likes to seek out buildings which are mellowing and blending into their surroundings. Watercolour is her favourite medium, giving a lovely delicacy and spontaneity, but she has recently discovered pastels too. Most of her subject matter is strictly representational, but whatever the subject, she tries to capture the essence and spirit. (Runs from 20th April – 10th June).

In the Sockette Gallery take a trip into the unknown with the Beasts of Solaris by Tom Walker. Inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel Solaris (latterly filmed by Steven Soderbergh in 2002) this series of images seeks to explore the mysterious consciousness that lies in parallel to this planets mutating landscape. Tom believes that people’s inability to represent their own experiences of nature accurately, is due to the limitations of whichever medium chosen, and is therefore crucial to his disinterest in attempting to depict reality. Tom chose to present a fictional landscape that the senses desire to explore. (Runs from 4th May – 9th September).

The Sock Gallery and Sockette are free to enter and are open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5.00pm and when the Town Hall is open for shows.

LU Arts Presents the Loughborough Legend

LU Arts kicks off the start of term with a story of empire, education, elitism and the Church of England.

The Loughborough Legend tells the enthralling true story of a young boy who dared to dream…and James Arthur Harley dreamed big, leaving his island home of Antigua in the 1890’s to navigate the doubled complexities of the oppressive racism in America and England with grace, style and dignity to achieve an esteemed education and his childhood ambition, but at what price?

The gifted scholar attended Yale, Harvard and Oxford universities at the turn of the 20th Century, before becoming the 1910 Shepshed curate who reinvigorated the local community, and the 1920s Councillor and Loughborough College Governor dubbed the Stormy Petrel.

Written and presented by Pamela Roberts, author, historian and new playwright, The Loughborough Legend is on at the Cope Auditorium on Saturday 6th May at 7pm. Tickets cost £5. To book online visit the link below:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/event_booking/the_loughborough_legend/

Put a Spring in Your Step with the Student Book Club

Book lovers may like to put Tuesday 2nd May in their diaries, as that will be the date the Student Book Club meets for the first time during the Summer Term, with a particularly seasonal book up for discussion this time.

Spring Tales is an anthology of striking short stories on the theme of Spring, and is one of a quartet of collections inspired by the seasons.

So if you’re looking for a little something different to tide you over the Easter holidays, why not sign up for a copy at the Level 3 desk?

The Book Club will be meeting at the usual time, 730pm, in the usual place, the Library Staff Room, but on a slightly different day – Tuesday – as the Monday is, of course, a Bank Holiday.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

World Poetry Day

March 21st is UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, not only a celebration of the poetic forms of literature in all its infinite variations, but also to encourage learning and teaching of poetry across the globe.

Thanks to our own English & Drama School, we’ve built up quite an extensive range of poetry, ancient and modern, ranging from the Greek epic poetry of Homer to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, to the 19th century classics of Coleridge and William Wordsworth, to the contemporary poetry of Philip Larkin and Andrew Motion. Not forgetting our comprehensive range of literature databases available on Library Catalogue Plus, most notably Literature Online (LION), from which you can glean everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite poem or poem. Why not have a browse?

On the Radar – Crazy Like Machines

The Radar Artspace at the Edward Herbert Building is hosting a new interactive project this Wednesday lunchtime (22nd March) between 1-2pm.

Crazy Like Machines is a dance and visual art project with a social and political backdrop which aims to build an accessible and informal educational methodology to develop an innovative model of collaborative research and participatory performances.

Pushing the boundaries between verbal and non-verbal communication to explore the role of immediacy and mediation in drawings and dance to create cohesion in the group, the audience is encouraged to be actively part of an ongoing creative process in the form of performative workshops in order to build a ‘personal and non-linear visual narrative manifesto’.

Chiara Dellerba is a visual artist whose work experiments with the potential energy of the human body. Her pieces are often site-specific with an interest in the dichotomy between energy/movement, and time of reaction/determined space. Dellerba’s practice is an organic open work structure of experimentation using a system of signs and methodologies. She investigates the unconscious necessity for human beings to regenerate their lives, their environment, their relationships, and their way of perceiving a reality in order to be actively part of it.

Curating the Campus – Radar’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Radar celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a display of artworks, printed materials, film screenings and events at the Martin Hall Exhibition Space.

This anniversary gives Radar the opportunity to reflect on the breadth and depth of their broad range of interdisciplinary projects that have been initiated with artists and Loughborough University academics.

Through a series of highlights Radar shares examples of their project work that has had, and continues to have, great impact on Loughborough students, staff and local communities, as well as making a vital contribution to the wider cultural sector and economy.

Launched in 2007 by LU Arts, Radar is a programme of contemporary art commissions, talks and films themed around the research activity of the University. You can dip back into their own archives on their website: http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/

The Exhibition starts tomorrow, 13th March, and runs until 14th April. Opening times for the Exhibition are 10am – 5pm daily.

Woman(kind)ness, Strength and Resilience: A Celebration of Women Worldwide

Next Monday sees the start of a week-long series of events on campus as part of the International Women’s Day initiative, raising awareness for women’s roles in different sociocultural environments, highlighting gender inequalities, and proposing creative ways towards gender equity and equality.

In collaboration with Charnwood Arts, Living Without Abuse-Loughborough, and Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood, the week includes photo and art exhibitions, crafts, theatre performances, and science-based public talks aiming to celebrate women worldwide, beginning on Monday 6th March.

Full details of the programme of events can be found via the link below:

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Activity/7669/Woman-kind-ness-Strength-and-Resilience-A-celebration-of-women-worldwide-2017

LU Arts Presents Englishes – A Conversation

Following 2014’s Talk Action programme, Radar has extended engagement with DARG (Discourse Analysis Research Group) with the production and presentation of a new work by Nicoline van Harskamp which continues her preoccupation investigating the global use of English by non-native speakers worldwide, and the imagining of the (aesthetic) properties of a future spoken global language.

Englishes is a series of video works by Nicoline van Harskamp,  that explore the widespread use and modification of the English language by its non-native speakers. The series depicts the development of the plurality of spoken English that displaces the perceived position of primacy occupied by dominant strains of the language. It addresses the political import of this linguistic development, and proposes a dissolution of English into “Englishes,” co-opting it as a common and ever-growing linguistic resource, as well as a medium for artistic practices.

Nicoline van Harskamp has undertaken a series of ‘language experiments’ with art institutions and universities across Europe. In Loughborough, she worked with the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) and produced the video “Apologies and Compliments” that was first shown as part of a major exhibition at BAK in Utrecht, Netherlands (24 September – 20 November, 2016) and at the Center for Contemporary Creation Andalusia in Cordoba, Spain (19 December – 16 April 2017).

To complete her commission with Radar, Nicoline hosts a public event, Englishes – A Conversation on Friday 24th February 2017, 1 – 5pm at the LU Arts Project Space on the 1st Floor of the Edward Barnsley Building. In this event, Nicoline van Harskamp will present several videos from the series  and discuss them with the audience and invited guests.

The event is free, light refreshments will be served and booking is possible via the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/englishes-a-conversation-tickets-30224997782

On the Radar – Syncopolitics

Join Dr Fred Dalmasso of the School of Arts, English & Drama next week for a lively discussion on the notion of ‘syncopolitics’

Dr Dalmasso has coined the term syncopolitics in response to Catherine Clément’s seminal book, Syncope – the Philosophy of Rapture, where she stresses that “syncope is spectacle, it shows off, exposes itself, smashes, breaks, interrupts the daily course of other people’s lives, people at whom the raptus is aimed.” Dr Dalmasso will look in particular at how the image of syncope and the syncope of the image might radically displace or dissolve the self and thus offer strategies of resistance against norms through renouncement or disappearance; a recess of the image that he considers as a sine qua non condition for thinking politics as what can only happen within a horlieu (an out-place or non-place) of representation: a syncopolitics that resonates with what Badiou calls inexist[a]nce.

The discussion will be taking place in the Radar ArtSpace in the Edward Barnsley Building on Wednesday 15th February between 2-3pm. Entrance is free but booking is required – please email aed.research@lboro.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

All Aboard for the Student Book Club this February!

Our ever-popular Student Book Club meets again this February when the book up for discussion will be Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller The Girl on the Train.

The novel is told from the perspective of three very different women with a deadly secret in common. It was translated to the big screen in 2016, starring Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux.

All of our copies have been borrowed ahead of the next meeting, but you can still find it in all good book shops. The Club will be meeting at the usual time, 7pm, in the Library Staff Room, on Monday 6th February.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?