Take One Book Exhibition

take one bookThis Easter the Library will be hosting a new collaborative art project, Take One Book, based around the work of best selling author Jeanette Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit).

Open Secret is a group of twelve artists consisting of current staff and alumni of Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Not wanting to lose the value of being part of a creative community, the group came together as a collective and embarked on their first joint project, choosing the literary work of Jeanette Winterson as a focus to express their response in a variety of different media.

The exhibition opens on Level 4 of the Library on Wednesday 1st April and runs until Thursday 23rd April. For further information visit the artists website here:


Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoThe largest ever exhibition ever staged about Magna Carta opens today at the British Library.

Since 1215, Magna Carta has evolved from a political peace treaty to an international symbol of individual freedoms. From its genesis through to today’s popular culture, you can uncover the story of how its power has been used – and abused.

Together, for this once-in-a-lifetime moment, are the iconic documents and artefacts that tell the story of Magna Carta: two of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents, Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights, both on display in the UK for the first time, together with stunning manuscripts, paintings, statues and royal relics.

Full details of the exhibition and the programme of special events that accompany it can be found on the British Library website here.

Sir Terry Pratchett 1948-2015

terry pratchett by robin zebrowskiImmensely popular and influential fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett sadly died yesterday aged 66 following a long illness.

His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, though it wasn’t until 1983 and the publication of The Colour of Magic, the first in his popular and long running Discworld saga, that his popularity began to soar, and he became a full-time writer in 1987, writing over 70 books, many of which were successfully translated and adapted into radio, television, film and computer games.

In 2007 he announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and he became a spokesman for the treatment of dementia illness, recording a BAFTA award-winning documentary about the treatment of his illness in 2009, the same year that he received a knighthood for services to literature.

Sir Terry’s work is well represented among our own English literature and Leisure Reading collections.

Sir Terry Pratchett image by Robin Zebrowski, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

LU Arts Exhibition – Gravity & the Body


An intriguing new free exhibition begins down in the LU Arts Project Space in the Edward Barnsley Building next week.

Gravity and the Body explores the control of gravity by bringing together moving image works by renowned practitioners Trisha Brown, Bruce Nauman, Marco Schuler, Richard Serra and Bas Jan Ader. The exhibition shows videos made from the early 1970s through to more recent works. The visual artists, choreographers and performers featured in the exhibition, control gravity or are controlled by gravity in their work to question the effect it has on our everyday lives.

The exhibition opens with a special preview at 5pm on Monday 16th March, and then is open to visit from Tuesday 17th March until Friday 27th March, 10am to 4pm. Please note the exhibition is closed at weekends.

Sock Fair 2015

bannerSock is Leicestershire’s premier Arts and Crafts Fair. Every March, Loughborough Town Hall hosts the event, showcasing and selling a diverse range of work by over 35 pre-selected artists and makers.

You can take an advance look at the artists and makers who’ll be at Sock Fair 2015 by browsing the online brochure here. By way of an added incentive, the gallery is currently hosting a preview featuring five of the artists involved.

Sock Fair 2015 will be held on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2015, 10am-4pm both days.  Entry is free.

History or Not with LU Arts

1340As part of the International Women’s Day on Sunday the Sexual Politics Research Group of Loughborough University is organising a free event in the LU Arts Project Space this Monday (9th March).

In celebration of the the late Monica Ross (1950-2013) there will be a re-reading of one of her presentations, History or Not,  given on Art, Activism and Feminism in the 1970’s. This re-reading is performed by Mo White and is followed by a presentation by Althea Greenan from The Women’s Art Library/Make.

The reading takes place in the LU Arts Project Space in the Edward Barnsley Building at 1.30pm and will go on until 4.30pm. It is free to attend.

Women Writers Online Free for Women’s History Month

wwoMarch is Women’s History Month, and to mark the occasion the Northeastern University Women Writers Project have made their Women Writers Online database freely available throughout the month of March.

Women Writers Online now contains more than 350 texts published between 1526 and 1850, including new works by Aphra Behn, Charlotte Turner Smith, and Mercy Otis Warren. If you are interested in any aspect of women’s writing in English between 1526 and 1800, you will find texts and contexts here in abundance — including some that are new since last year.

You can access the database via this link:


Women’s History Month takes place every March and is run by the National Women’s History Project. Every year features a new theme, and this year the theme is ‘Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives’. To find out more, visit the NWHP home page here:


Tom Kilby Art Pass Exhibition


LU Arts are pleased to announce that Part C Fine Art student Thomas Kilby has been offered an exhibition within the LU Arts project space as part of the Art Pass Scheme. Tom will be presenting a combination of existing and new work to create an immersive filmic installation, featuring video projections, props, constructed stages and costumes.

The exhibition opens at the LU Arts Project Space with a special preview this evening, Wednesday 18th February, and then runs through until Friday 27th February. Visit the LU Arts site for opening time details.

Art Not Oil at the Nottingham Contemporary


This week a conversation about how artists and cultural institutions engage in issues related to oil, is presented in collaboration with the Politicised Practice Research Group and Anarchist Research Group, Loughborough University in the Space at the Nottingham Contemporary Art Centre.

This conversation, with invited guests Liberate Tate, forms part of Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art, a series of seminars and events to showcase and critically discuss art activists’ efforts to give a voice to the excluded, promote inclusive alternatives, and enrich global culture and citizenship.

Liberate Tate is an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change and has become internationally renowned for artworks about the relationship of public, cultural institutions with oil companies. The group will present documentation from their five years of performance-interventions, alongside a discussion of their methodology and how cultural institutions play an important role in the normalisation of the environmental and human rights abuses of oil companies.

The event starts at 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th February. Admittance is free.

For more info email g.whiteley@lboro.ac.uk or visit  http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/

Give Yourself a Boost… It’s National Libraries Day!

14 - Leisure Reading Collection

As today is National Libraries Day, what better time to remind you that our Library isn’t just about textbooks, but also about reading for pleasure and to give yourself a lift when things are getting you a little down. Our range of Reading Well Mood-Boosting books, an intriguing selection of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry all recommended nationally by readers and reading groups, are designed to do just that, and you can find them upstairs on Level 4 along side our Leisure Reading collection.

National Libraries Day is, as its title suggests, an annual celebration of libraries throughout the UK, be they academic, college, public or school libraries, and seeks to highlight all the positives things libraries and librarians contribute to people, families, communities, workplaces, the economy and society. For further details, visit this link: