School of the Arts Postgraduate Degree Show

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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.

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:

http://www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk/sock_gallery

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:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/to-hell-with-culture-tickets-11827545507

Landmark First Female Winner of the Fields Maths Medal

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Professor Maryam Mirzakhani of the Stanford University, California, yesterday made history by becoming the first female mathematician to win the prestigious Fields Medal, the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

The prize, founded by Canadian mathematician John Fields in 1936 and awarded every four years at a ceremony hosted by the International Mathematical Union, was awarded to four mathematicians in total, with Professor Mirzakhani winning the top prize for her work in complex geometry. Professor Martin Hairer, from the UK’s University of Warwick, also received a medal for his study of partial differential equations.

We have a vast amount of books and journals dedicated to the subject of mathematics, located downstairs among our collection on Level 1. We also have a wide variety of databases on the subject, including MathWorld, an interactive mathematical encyclopedia, and PlanetMath, a virtual community dedicated to help make mathematical knowledge more accessible. Why not have a browse?

Image by Robert Scarth, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Open Exhibition 2014

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Loughborough Town Hall’s successful Open Exhibition is running again in their Sock Gallery from this Saturday, 10th August.

The primary aim of Open is to provide a platform for local artists as well as permitting local townsfolk the opportunity to sample a broad range of artwork from a variety of mediums and styles. Last year the Open Exhibition attracted a massive 350 submissions, with just over 150 pieces being selected by an independent judging panel to be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition runs until 7th September and is free to visit. For further details, visit the Loughborough Town Hall site here:

http://www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk/sock_home

When the Lamps Went Out All Over Europe…

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One hundred years ago this evening Britain declared war on Germany following their invasion of Belguim, embroiling the nation in a conflict that would last over four long, bloody years that would result in the loss of 900,000 lives fighting for the British Army.

In a special event in Liege, world leaders will gather this morning to commemorate the beginning of the conflict, and a national service of commemoration will be taking place in Glasgow Cathedral this afternoon. This evening in Westminster Cathedral an hour-long candle-lit vigil will be taking place, and people at home are invited to join in between 10-11pm by turning off all their lights and leaving only a single candle burning.

This event has been inspired by the words of wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who remarked as war was declared: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

Last week Cambridge University announced that they had digitised a 4,000 page archive of the work of soldier-poet Siegfried Sassoon and made them freely available to the public for the first time. This joins the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War archive and the Europeana 1914-1918 digital archive, a pan-European project involving the British Library. Not forgetting, of course, our own extensive range of material among our history collection, searchable via Library Catalogue Plus.

Image by Archives New Zealand, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Don’t Just Relax With a Book – Relax ON a Book!

photo (23)The National Literacy Trust have just begun a leisure reading scheme that gives the expression ‘settling down with a good book’ a whole new meaning, as they have installed a range of benches across London designed after popular literary classics such as Peter Pan, Bridget Jones and James Bond.

In association with Wild at Art the Trust’s Books About Town scheme features a trail of benches shaped as open books, decorated by professional illustrators and local artists, allowing visitors an opportunity to explore and celebrate the capital’s literary connections and the whole idea of reading for pleasure, whilst enjoying the artwork of some of the country’s top artists – in a very novel way!

We do our bit to promote leisure reading here at the Library too, though our furniture is a little more ordinary, alas! We have a wide (and ever expanding!) range of popular fiction, autobiographies and graphic novels upstairs on Level 4 (pictured above is only a small sample of our collection!). So if you’re stuck for something to read over the long, drowsy summer days (and nights), why not pop upstairs and have a browse?

Visit Inner Worlds at the Loughborough Town Hall…

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Art lovers and fans of the science fiction dystopias of writers J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick are in for a treat at a new exhibition that has just opened at the Sock Gallery in Loughborough Town Hall.

For Inner Worlds: Tech Noir and The Gothic Leicester-based artist and photographer Wayne Mitchelson transforms the gallery into a strange and interesting world inspired by the novels of Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard and Edgar Allen Poe using digital photographic prints and hand drawn murals. Wayne will be drawing between the spaces of some of his photographs to create his own visual story and you the viewer are invited to watch him at work, as each photograph connects and the “Inner Worlds” emerge.

The exhibition runs for a month from today until 3rd August. For further details visit the Loughborough Town Hall site here.

Enduring War at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoA new exhibition has just opened at the British Library as part of their contribution to the First World War Centenary. Enduring War examines how people coped with life during the war: from moments of patriotic fervour to periods of anxious inactivity, shock and despair. 

Through posters, poetry, books and pamphlets from the period, the exhibition considers attempts to boost morale at home and in the field, as well as presenting individual responses to the conflict, such as letters from Indian soldiers on the Western Front, schoolboys’ descriptions of Zeppelin raids over London and examples of the black humour expressed in trench journals.

The exhibition also showcases the Library’s work for Europeana 1914-1918, a major pan-European project to digitise more than 400,000 items from World War One through an audiovisual art installation, as well as a new World War One website, in which the user can explore over 500 newly-digitised historical sources from across Europe, with new insights by experts.

Enduring War is now open until October in the Library’s Folio Gallery and is free to visit. For further details visit the British Library website here.

World Cup Fever!

cattias photosFootball fans across the globe rejoice tonight as the 2014 World Cup Finals kick off in Brazil this evening, beginning a month-long sporting carnival featuring some of the finest football players in the world.

Hosts Brazil are the pre-tournament favorites and will be hoping to kick the ball running with a victory over Croatia in the opening game that kicks off at 9pm tonight. 30 other countries qualified for the tournament, comprising a total of 13 European sides, 6 South American, 5 African, and 4 each from Asia and North America. They’ve all been drawn into 8 groups of four teams. The eventual winner in the final, to be played on Sunday 13th July, can expect a prize of $35 million dollars, as well as the distinctive Silvio Gazzaniga trophy.

The tournament is being staged with a background of some controversy; there have been doubts about Brazil’s ability to stage a safe & secure tournment following recent and ongoing domestic and social upheaval in the country. And FIFA, football’s world governining body, is embroiled in a bitter dispute over the legitimacy (and wisdom) of the award of the 2022 Finals to Qatar.

You don’t have to look far in the Library for something to read about football; we have a growing section of books down in our sports section on Level 2 devoted to the sport and its history. You can also read all about previous tournaments via our electronic newspaper archives, which are available to browse via Library Catalogue Plus. Though for many England football fans, such a dip back into the past may bring back unwanted memories…!!

Brazil 2014 World Cup logo by Cattias Photos, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.