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31 October 2005 PR 05/103

Competition is on to find University’s newest artwork

A group of art students from Loughborough University School of Art and Design are battling it out this week for the chance to have their work take pride of place in one of the University’s newest buildings.

Sculpture, screen prints and video are just some of the pieces in contention for the prestigious installation. All of the students’ art work will be on display at the University on Monday 31 October and Tuesday 1 November, when the judges will select the piece that will become the focal point in the new extension to the Sir Frank Gibb building.

Alan Bunkum, programme leader for Fine Art, explains the thinking behind the competition. “The project has provided LUSAD students with a number of exciting opportunities. They’ve not only participated in an inter departmental collaborative project but have also experienced the considerable demands of a professional ‘live commission’ and, of course, been able to work with Doug Streeter, the acclaimed architect.

“Without exception the students met their deadlines, produced materials and costing plans, and have presented their ideas to a panel on several occasions, and now they’ve finally arrived at the outcome stage of a challenging and broad range of art and design solutions.

“Their work will certainly add to the growing number of art works in the University collection already displayed throughout the campus,” Alan said.

Drawing their inspiration from a variety of sources, the students have created nine stunning original pieces.

Simon Austin, from the Department of Civil and Building Engineering, is the design champion for the new building. He secured support from the Loughborough University Development Trust to cover the cost of producing the art works and the prize fund, and is one of the competition judges. “I have been keen to build bridges with the School of Art and Design for many years and saw this as an ideal opportunity,” Simon said.

“We were encouraged by the principal architect, Doug Streeter of Swanke Hayden Connell, who has helped brief the students on the purpose of the building and ideas behind it distinctive form. I am delighted by the results and am confident that most of them will find a home where they will add to the experience of building users.”

Staff, students and members of the public are welcome to view all the candidates’ work at the exhibition, which is being held in the James France building from 31 October to 1 November.

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Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, Loughborough University,
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Notes to editors

  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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