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 or visit

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

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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:

EThOS Share My Thesis Competition


The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting them to say why their doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

The competition aims to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research and increase visibility of the PhD thesis as a valuable source of research information. It is generously supported by Research Councils UK and Vitae, and there are some great prizes.

The competition closes on 9 February, when eight entries will be shortlisted and invited to expand their tweet into a blog post. Entries are flooding in already, and you can see them all here:

For further details, visit the competition page on the British Library website here:


Get Knitted… at the Charnwood Museum

museum_photoCall out to all Crafters!! Our Knitted Story is The Big Knitting Group’s latest research project and will culminate in an exhibition and installation at Charnwood Museum in the summer of 2015.

The project title ‘Our Knitted Story’ encompasses everything from knitting to embroidery and soft sculpture, anything textiles based, focusing however on hand knitting, the connections, bonds, memories and stories it creates through generations and across cultures. The deliberate use of the word Knitted in the title of the project refers to its use as a term to describe a cause to unite, become united, unify, become one, come together, become closer, band together, bond.

The focus of the project is on personal histories of hand crafting and will bring together stories and memories of knitting, crocheting and other textile based activities from the local community. As well as looking into the history of local Leicestershire Bishop Richard Rutt, who in October 1979 was named the Bishop of Leicester. He was also an avid knitter and authored the book A history of Hand Knitting in 1987.

Also as part of the exhibition there will be an installation entitled ‘The Enchanted Garden’, which will be used as a story telling environment and will be open to storytellers and other groups for the duration of the exhibition. The installation will also include all the flowers created for the #wellMAKING Craftivists Garden as an extension of the research into crafts ability to aid wellbeing.

Students from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts textile department have also been making objects for the exhibition.

Please check out the dedicated Pinterest board for the project, for inspiration and further info. You can re pin images and follow the board.

The group would also welcome short pieces of writing (no more than 200 words) describing your own crafting story. For example how did you come to your craft, how does it make you feel when you craft, do you share your craft and who with etc.

For further details of the project, visit this link:

The British Landscape at the Loughborough Town Hall


The Sock Gallery in the Loughborough Town Hall will be hosting a new solo exhibition by the photographer Terry Davies this month.

Terry Davies is a professional self-publishing fine art landscape photographer and he specialises in the creation of large works which reflect the beauty and character of the British landscape and elements within it. In this exhibition Terry sets out to illustrate the diversity of the British landscape from coast to mountain and the effects of the weather on the landscape.

The British Landscape runs from Thursday 22nd January until Saturday 28th February. The Sock Gallery is open Monday to Saturday between 9am-5pm. Admittance is free.

Tales From the Archives

3348593733_21c393a667_oOur very own archivist Jenny Clark has delved deep into Loughborough’s past and written a couple of new articles for the Loughborough History & Heritage Network.

The Empire Bazaar & Christmas Fete 1922 explores the longstanding link between ‘town and gown’ in Loughborough and tells the story of the part townspeople played in establishing ‘the Grove’ as a hall of residence.

Radio Times at Lougborough continues a record of the Loughborough University Wireless Society, the groundbreaking telecommunications group formed by the Electrical Engineering Department back in 1920.

The Loughborough History & Heritage Network is a collaborative project between the University and the local community, funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and hosted by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR) in collaboration with Charnwood Museum. It aims to signpost historical events, local heritage organisations, and publications about Loughborough and Charnwood. To find out more, visit the site below.

Take the World by Storm this November

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Students across the globe are invited to participate in a unique live collaborative online forum this Friday (21st November) to tackle pressing social issues.

Social Storm is 24-hour social hackathon will give you the chance to consider a range of global dilemmas spanning poverty, the environment, health, and education – whilst hoining your enterprise and employability skills

You’ll work as part of an international team and work simultaneously, brought together via video conferencing. To date, teams from 10 universities have signed up to the event which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (17-23 November).

To find out more about the FREE event and sign up to take part, please visit the Social Storm website.

Follow the Lines in the Ice at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoA new exhibition with a decidedly wintery theme begins at the British Library this week.

Lines in the Ice examines why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic and, in particular, the fabled Northwest Passage. Arctic exploration has influenced our culture, changed the societies of indigenous peoples, and had a powerful effect on the making of the modern world.

The exhibition displays early European maps of the Arctic, Inuit accounts of the coming of the explorers, writings from the search for Franklin, early Arctic photography and much more. It also unearths the history of the North Pole’s most famous resident – Santa!

On display in the British Library entrance hall, the exhibition runs until March 2015 and is free to visit. Further details can be found via the British Library website here.

The Art of Tracy Savage at the Loughborough Town Hall

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A new exhibition showcasing the work of award-winning Yorkshire artist Tracy Savage opened in the Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery at the weekend.

Tracy draws her inspiration from the UK coastline and landscape. Her paintings are bursting with subjects she finds fascinating – capturing the imagination with her dramatic and often humorous style. Her themes vary: nostalgic holiday past, coastal erosion, the design of the rural landscape, each work evoking memories and atmosphere. For further details, visit the artists’ website here.

The exhibition is running until 29th November. The Sock Gallery is open 9-5 Monday-Saturday and entry is completely free.