International Women’s Day


Loughborough University is opening its campus for a week-long schedule of celebratory events to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March, under the blanket title of Woman(kind)ness, Strength and Resilience.

In collaboration with Charnwood Arts and their 40th anniversary celebrations, staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend a range of talks, photography exhibitions, music, poetry and performances.

The events taking place throughout the week seek to raise awareness of women’s roles in different sociocultural environments. They highlight gender inequalities and propose creative ways to address gender equity and equality.

Guest speakers include individuals from the University, Athena Swan and FIFA, with music, poetry and performances titled Bread and Roses. Organiser Dr Inês Varela-Silva, will also be delivering a talk, titled Consent and safe spaces at universities: an international perspective, with Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan, expected to attend.

The programme of events has been supported by the Loughborough University Athena Swan Team, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, School of Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough Student’s Union, and the Maya Project. Other events, organised by the Human Rights and Equality Charnwood, will also take place in town on International Women’s Day.

All events are free to attend, however some require pre-booking.

Click here to view a full schedule of events and exhibitions and to book your place.

Here, There & Everywhere at the Loughborough Town Hall

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A new solo exhibition by water colourist Christopher Clayton open today at the Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery.

In this collection of watercolour paintings and pen and ink drawings, Chris’s aim is to depict the quintessential nature of rural Britain, including the splendour of our countryside, the vastness of our shorelines and the quirkiness of our towns and villages. The subtleties of our native flora and fauna and the human involvement with the environment are portrayed in simplistic, yet ethereal images.

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.

Loughborough University – Not For Chickens!


In her latest online article for the Loughborough History & Heritage Network, University Archivist Jenny Clark turns the clock back nearly a century to when the University (or Technical College as it then was) spread its wings and attempted to branch into poultry & animal management… with some ‘fowl’ results!

The Loughborough History and Heritage Network is a collaborative project between Loughborough University and the local community aimed at fostering discussion about the history of Loughborough and the Charnwood Borough. The Network signposts historical events, local heritage organisations, and publications about Loughborough and Charnwood.

To find out more, visit their homepage here:

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


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.

Light in the Landscape at the Town Hall


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.

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.

Play Loughborough – Online


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!

Play Loughborough!

market townLoughborough University’s very own arts collective Radar will be issuing an open invitation to everyone in Loughborough this Saturday (22nd August) to join in with a unique day of public game-jamming on a theme of contemporary topics.

Create online games for the health and prosperity of everyone in Loughborough… or to start a total catastrophe… It’s your choice.

Take up the challenge of answering questions about your town through conversation and drawing and see your ideas turned into interactive online games. Artist Ruth Catlow, who co-devised the Play Your Place concept, will lead the day and help the imaginative citizens of Loughborough to develop a collective vision for a richer, emancipated life for the town.

The event takes place in at the Market Town Corner in the Carillon Court Shopping Centre in the heart of Loughborough town centre between 10am to 5pm, and is open to all – young and old alike. No booking required at – just drop by and join in!

For further details visit the Radar Market Town page here:

Sock Gallery Open Exhibition 2015

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Loughborough Town Hall is currently hosting its fourth annual Open Exhibition in its Sock Gallery exhibition space.

The Open Exhibition offers the opportunity for local artists both professional and amateur to apply and exhibit two-dimensional work ranging from paintings, photographs, drawings, original prints and mixed media work in a professional gallery.

The exhibition is running from the 8th August – 6th September and many of the wall pieces are for sale. Sock Gallery is free to enter and is open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5.00pm and when the venue is open for shows.