News Release No 99/84

7 October 1999

Official opening of the Loughborough University Gallery

The opening of the new Loughborough University Gallery will be marked on Tuesday 12 October at 6.30pm by the launch of the inaugural exhibition BioMatrix — Biological presences in art. The Gallery, which is located in the Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD) Fine Art Building, will be opened by Dr Ken Arnold, Head of the Exhibitions Unit at the Wellcome Trust, and the event will be hosted by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Wallace.

Julia Ellis, Head of Arts Development at LUSAD, says of the new Gallery, "It’s an exciting initiative and a new resource for staff and students across campus. It will bring a diverse programme of new art to the campus and the town, and will create and reflect partnerships between contemporary art practice and a diverse range of technologies, subject areas and University departments."

The Gallery’s inaugural presentation, BioMatrix, is a Gallery of the Future exhibition, supported by East Midlands SHAPE which aims to advance equality of access to the arts. Featuring East Midlands based artists Dave Everitt, Gillian Hogan and Juliet Robson, the exhibition explores relationships between art, technology and the human body. The artists’ works are, in part, statements about personal experience of disability.

Juliet Robson’s installation, Norman, examines that which is perceived to be the ‘norm’. The work utilises digital technology, super 8 film and the physicality of Robson’s timed live presence as visual artist, performer and paraplegic.

Dave Everitt’s Cubelife (with contributing musician Kate Rounding, and programmer Greg Turner) presents images drawn from mathematical ‘magic cube’ patterns mutating in 3D virtual space. Non-invasive heartbeat monitors are used to periodically record the pulse of gallery visitors, and consequently images undergo constant change as a direct result of audience participation.

Gillian Hogan’s work entitled, XX, explores genetics, diabetes and gender, and the way in which the long term use of prescribed drugs affects the body. The female sex chromosomes (XX) and female hirsutism are recurrent themes, specifically the effects that diabetes and insulin have had on the artist’s own appearance.

BioMatrix is open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5.00pm until 5 November 1999.

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For further information contact Julia Ellis, LUSAD, on (01509) 228906, or Hannah Baldwin, Publicity Office, on (01509) 222239 or email h.e.baldwin@lboro.ac.uk

Note for editors

Members of the press and media are invited to attend the official launch of the Gallery on Tuesday 12 October at 6.30pm. Please call the Publicity Office in advance, on (01509) 222224, if you would like to attend.

The Gallery of the Future is a major national arts project in the East Midlands, enabling artists to make creative use of revolutionary new technologies. It is based at Loughborough University and run by a consortium including Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council.


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