Five minutes with: Nick Slater
What’s your job title and how long have you worked at Loughborough?
I’m Director of LU Arts and I’ve been here 16 years.
Tell us what a typical day in your job looks like?
It might include some of the following:
- Taking an artist on a tour of campus
- Being impressed with student activists and introducing them to artists they could work with
- Working with Facilities Management and Health and Safety to instal public artwork/sculptures on campus
- Ordering unusual items that go towards the production of artwork or workshops – I’m pleased to say I’ve never been queried by Finance
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on?
This is a difficult one to answer but maybe when we commissioned Can Altay to build a pop up recording studio above a shop in town. It was a piece of social sculpture and invited musicians from across the campus and town to have free us of the studio and studio engineer. It was booked solid for the two weeks it was open and was followed up with an album and a performance at Picnic in the Park. It was a great project that brought together musicians from across campus and the local community, and linked to Allan Watson’s research into how towns and cities created identity through music. Read more about the project.
What is your proudest moment at Loughborough?
I’m not sure I have one proudest moment, but I have always said that I enjoy it most when you see one of the arts projects being engaged with by students. It is great to see what they get from the projects – confidence, wellbeing or discovering a new passion.
Tell us something you do outside work that we might not know about?
No unusual hobbies to report but I enjoy a bit of culture and a good hill!
What is your favourite quote?
I don’t really like quotes, especially inspirational ones! Is a Nick Cave and Bad Seeds song lyric acceptable?
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