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24 April 2009 | PR 09/45

Local school children begin work on the ‘People’s Painting’

Children from Thorpe Acre Primary School have today (24 April) put the first brush strokes to a piece of artwork to celebrate Loughborough University’s Centenary.

Children and the paintingThe pupils painted the first five-feet-long section of a mural depicting iconic imagery of both the town and University. Among the things represented in the first panel are the bell foundry, a steam train, deer from Bradgate Park and an athlete.

The part-painted artwork will be one of the features at the University’s forthcoming Centenary Open Day, which is being held on the Loughborough campus on Sunday 14 June. Visitors to the event will be invited to add their artistic contributions on the day to complete the remaining five panels of the ‘People’s Painting’.

Before starting work on the painting, the Thorpe Acre pupils learned how to make their own paint as part of the ‘Creating a Colourful Life’ project, which aims to teach young people about the science of colour. They then used they own creations to paint the artwork.

Dr Sandie Dann, from the University’s Department of Chemistry, leads the ‘Creating a Colourful Life’ project at Loughborough. “The pupils at Thorpe Acre have made a terrific start to the painting today. They really enjoyed creating their own paints and then using them,” she said.

“The artwork will be a fantastic ‘work in progress’ exhibit at the Open Day. I hope the children’s work today will inspire other budding artists to pick up their brushes and turn the ‘People’s Painting’ into a real community masterpiece!”

The Open Day is one of a range of events being held throughout 2009 to celebrate Loughborough’s Centenary – one hundred years since the establishment of Loughborough Technical Institute, the University’s predecessor. From 12 noon onwards there will be a wide variety of hands-on activities and interactive displays, practical advice on a range of topics, a chance to try out the University’s outstanding sports facilities, a ‘fun area’ with a petting zoo and face painting, and much more. Further details of the Open Day programme and all the other Centenary events are available at www.lboro.ac.uk/centenary.

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Notes for editors:

  1. Further information about the Creating a Colourful Life project can be found at www.creatingacolourfullife.com/
  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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