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.

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.

Transience at the Fine Art Gallery

A new exhibition of postcards inspired by the theme “transience”, created by students of Loughborough University School of the Arts, English & Drama, and students of 2nd Year Undergraduate Class, Concentration in Oil Painting & Printmaking, Joshibi University of Art & Design, Japan, goes on display at the Fine Art Building next week.

Each year the students studying in the Major of Art & Culture at Joshibi University of Art & Design go on a European class for a one month period for the subject Overseas Arts Studies 2B. 

As part of that program, they hold an exhibition at the university they visit. Last year, the second year students majoring in Arts and Culture (currently third year students) held the “Enigma exhibition” at Loughborough University in the UK and also interacted with local students. 

Through this kind of work exchange, it is hoped to learn the culture of each other through the exchange of students and to exchange through the language of “art”.

The exhibition runs from Monday 20th February until Friday 24th February, open 10am – 4pm.

Resonance Exhibition at the Martin Hall

LU Arts presents its first major exhibition in its new exhibition space at the Martin Hall beginning this week. Resonance is the result of a joint programme with the Joshibi University of Art & Design in Japan, featuring work by their second-year undergraduate students studying oil painting, printmaking, and related art.

It opens at 10am on Friday 17th February and closes on Friday 24th February. Opening times are 10am – 4pm week days – the exhibition space is closed at weekends. Entrance is free.

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.

Database Trial – Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Those interested in fashion and fashion design are very likely to find our latest database trial of enormous interest. The Bloomsbury Fashion Central is the new site for fashion educators, students, and professionals.

The site comprises of textbook site open to all and three subscription products as follows:

  • Fairchild Books: Over 130 Fairchild Books textbooks with student/instructor resources.
  • Berg Fashion Library: Scholarly articles, eBooks and 13,000 images on world dress and fashion.
  • Fairchild Books Library: All Bloomsbury Fashion Central textbooks and student/instructor resources, available on subscription.
  • Fashion Photography Archive: 750,000 images, supported by hundreds of articles, designer biographies, audio and video.

To begin searching go to https://www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com/  access is via IP address and the trial runs to 27th March 2017.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn –   s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

LU Arts Presents Englishes – A Conversation

Join LU Arts this January for an afternoon of presentations, discussion and film screenings constructed around artist Nicoline van Harskamp’s preoccupation with investigating the global use of English by non-native speakers around the world.

Having already made a series of video works focusing on the subject, the artist continued her research at Loughborough University where she was invited by Radar to make a new work in collaboration with its linguists. A new work, Apologies and Compliments, was made as part of the commission and will be screened alongside other videos from the series known as Englishes, an on-going a project that seeks to provoke questions about the features and possible declinations of a future global English.

Screenings will be accompanied by presentations from experts in the fields of linguistics and art. Nicoline van Harskamp will host a conversation between invited artists and academics who will act as first respondents to the issues represented in the works before audience members and guests are also invited to contribute to the session with their remarks and opinions.

The event will be taking place on Friday 27th January at the LU Arts Project Space on the 1st Floor of the Edward Barnsley Building from 1pm – 5pm. Tickets can be bought via the LU Arts website below:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/events/event/englishes_-_a_conversation

Pastels & Pencils at the Loughborough Town Hall

Loughborough Town Hall is marking the New Year with two new art exhibitions in its Sock and Sockette Galleries beginning this January.

A Passion for Pastels (running 5th January – 25th February) is a collaborative exhibition by the Leicestershire Pastel Society, made up of artists who reside in Leicestershire and Rutland. Exhibitions staged by the Society boast a high standard of art in the dry mediums of pencil, charcoal and soft chalks and members are looking forward to sharing their work for all to enjoy.

Upstairs on the first floor the Sockette Gallery for Emerging Artists is hosting Pencil Artwork by Jon Allcock (runs from 11th January – 29th April). Jon’s lifelong interest in pencil drawing only really surmounted to sketches when he had the time. A couple of years ago, Jon began taking a more focused approach to his drawing, working on detailed shading, which he really enjoyed. Being encouraged by his family and friends, Jon finds himself exhibiting some of his first ‘proper’ drawings for everyone to enjoy at Sockette.

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.