School of the Arts Postgraduate Degree Show


Every year the School of the Arts’ Postgraduate Taught students produce unique pieces of modern and contemporary work, comprising Jewellery, Ceramics, Fine Art, Textiles, Graphic Communication and Illustration. This year’s work will be on display in a special Degree Show next week.

The culmination of a year long artistic journey encompassing ethical and environmental concerns, the students’ creations are enriched by their own visual cultures and imaginations, covering work by student artists from three continents.

The Degree Show is open to all and completely free to visit. It’s taking place down in the Fine Arts Building at the School of the Arts, and is open 10am-5pm over the weekend of Friday 19th September – Sunday 21st September.

Win £1000 of Book Tokens

nbt_logo_newWant to avoid the rush for reading list textbooks in the Library, but are put off by the cost of actually buying them yourself? Then why not have a go at winning £1000 worth of Book Tokens and get them for free!

All you have to do is visit this link ( ) and simply enter your details (or that of a friend or family member) and you’ll be entered into a draw to win £1000 of Book Tokens, which can used online and in thousands of book shops over the country.

You can also follow the course of the competition via the National Book Tokens own Twitter feed here:

Library staff member interviewed by ‘O Globo’ (major Brazilian newspaper)

U18770043[1]Dr Graham Walton, Head of Planning and Research in the Library, had the honour of being interviewed by ‘O Globo’ when he was in Rio de Janeiro this August. ‘O Globo has over 1 million readers and is the major Brazilian national newspaper. Areas covered in the interview were the increase in digital information, the impact on libraries and their buildings of digital information and how university students use technology in their learning.

He had been invited to be a guest speaker at the international Challenges of the Digital Library conference. This was organized by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) (a world renowned Think Tank and higher education provider). The conference debated challenging and emerging issues, such as management, technology and digital information. Graham provided two papers: one considering the importance of the User Experience (UX) in the digital library and the other about how physical library space is being changed by digital information.

Image copyright O Globo

Landscape is Memory at the Town Hall

sock galleryA new exhibition by local artist Nicola Taylor on a theme of landscape and emotion begins in Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery this September.

Nicola’s practice is based on how people perceive landscape and how these perceptions have changed over time. With a focus on considering how no two people will ever see the same landscape in front of them, this exhibition explores our subconscious emotions, linked with the land and our constant need to relate and find ourselves within. Playing around with varying colour, mark making and line tension, Nicola challenges people to see landscape in a different way to how they have done before, forcing them into a new, unknown and sometimes uncomfortable environment.

The exhibition is on display from 11th September to 11th October and is free to visit, Monday-Saturday between 9am-5pm. For further details about the Gallery, visit their site here:

Watch National Theatre Live With Flix

1089Want to watch award-winning theatre live but not willing to pay the full cost of a ticket and a train fare to London? Then Flix, Loughborough Student Union’s own film society, has the answer for you!

The Society have recently installed a LANsat media reciever at the Cope Building which will allow live events from around the world to be broadcast at the Cope Auditorium, beginning this autumn with a season of drama direct from the National Theatre.

First up this September the Young Vic company takes on Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire, which will be broadcasted live from London. The piece tells the story of Blanche DuBois, whose fragile world is crumbling when she turns to her sister Stella for solace. But her downward spiral brings her face to face with Stella’s husband, the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.

Starring Gillian Anderson (of The X-Files fame) and directed by Critics’ Circle Award winning director Benedict Taylor, A Streetcar Named Desire will be shown at the Cope Auditorium on Tuesday 16th September at 7pm. Tickets cost £10.

For further details of this and the rest of the NT Live programme to be shown over the coming year, visit the LU Arts calendar page here:

British Science Festival 2014

british science festiva;The British Science Association launch their annual festival in Birmingham next month, featuring over 250 interactive events, exhibitions and displays aimed at all ages.

Each September the British Science Festival transforms a different UK city into a vibrant celebration of science, engineering and technology. This year’s Festival is taking place in partnership with the University of Birmingham, and runs from Saturday 6th – Thursday 11th September.

Many of the events are free but booking is necessary as space is limited. To book your places, and to see what is going on at the Festival, visit their website here:

To Hell With Culture at the Cope

1035On Wednesday 3rd September (6-7pm) the Cope Auditorium will be presenting a free screening of To Hell with Culture, a portrait of the life and work of Herbert Read, which will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director Huw Wahl, Benedict Read and Dr Michael Paraskos of the Department of Politics, History & International Relations.

Co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Herbert Read (1893-1968) was an influential art critic, poet and anarchist. In his 1943 essay, To Hell with Culture, Read laid out his ideas for a civilisation based on cooperation, in which culture would no longer be a commodity separated from society, but an integral part of everyday life. In this film director Huw Wahl engages in conversations with artists, poets, curators, historians and Herbert Read’s children, to ask how we can apply Read’s ideas and approaches to the commodification of culture in our contemporary society. This immersive portrayal of Read’s life and work includes unseen archival material of Herbert Read, his poetry and film of the North Yorkshire landscape where he was born.

Tickets are free, but booking is necessary via this link:

PC Upgrades in the Library

Pilkington library after refurbishment

Further to our earlier post about PC upgrades on Level 4 this month, IT Services have also begun work on upgrading and replacing workstations on Levels 1 & 2 as well. While this is going on the PCs on these levels will be unavailable.

There are 60 workstations available to use on Level 3, and 24 workstations in Seminar Room 2 on Level 4 (subject to the room being used for teaching).  

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause.

On the Road to Rio…

rio by carlos ortega

Dr Graham Walton (Head of Planning and Resources in the Library and Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Information Management) has been invited to be a Guest Speaker at the international Challenges of the Digital Library conference. He will give two papers, one considering the importance of the User Experience and the other the issues the digital library poses for physical library space.

The conference is aiming to provide an opportunity to debate the digital library challenging and emerging issues, such as management, technology and digital information at universities. Contributions will be made from Brazil, USA, Austria, Spain and USA.

The conference will take place on 20th and 21st August at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More information and access to a conference webcast can be found at:

Rio image by Carlos Ortega, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.