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15 June 2011 | PR 11/70

Student art and design shows open this weekend

Amy Collins with her puppets

Amy Collins with her puppets

The incredible talent of Loughborough’s final year artists and designers will be on display at two degree shows taking place at the University from this weekend.

The annual School of the Arts and the Design School degree shows open this Friday (17 June) and showcase students’ final year projects from sculptures, textiles and paintings to innovative products and prototypes, with many of the exhibits also available to buy.

The School of the Arts Finals Exhibition covers a whole host of artistic genres, including furniture, painting, film, graphic design, animation and textiles.

Speaking about the exhibition, School of the Arts Director Marsha Meskimmon said:

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the school. It represents hours and hours of hard work by all the students, and for many it is the first time their work has been on display to such a wide audience.

“The exhibition never fails to impress and I really would urge people to come along and see for themselves what amazing talent has been nurtured here at the University. These students are the artists and designers of the future.”

Avo by Suzy Shelley

Avo by Suzy Shelley

At the other end of campus, the Design School Degree Show celebrates the work of its 130 BA Industrial Design and Technology and BSc Product Design and Technology students.

Amongst the many cutting-edge prototypes and designs on show are: Hugg, a two-way communications device designed to keep military parents in touch with their families whilst on deployment; Humble, a practical, intuitive, personal and engaging solution to rethinking the home printer; and avo, a nano aquarium which requires no cleaning or water changes.

Design School staff will be promoting their research expertise and collaboration opportunities as part of the show at a dedicated Business Day on Monday 20 June, from 10am to 5pm. Local businesses interested in attending should contact s.johnson@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Everyone is welcome to attend the shows. Admission is free and no advance booking is required.  Details of where the shows are being held and opening times are below:

School of the Arts Finals Exhibition
Saturday 18 June to Thursday 23 June 10am-5pm
School of the Arts, Edward Barnsley Building, Loughborough University

Design School Degree Show
Friday 17 June, 12-5pm
Saturday 18 June, 9am-5pm 
Sunday 19 June, 9am-5pm
Monday 20 June, 9am-5pm (Business Day 10am-5pm)
Tuesday 21 June, 9am-12pm
Henry Ford College (adjacent to West entrance gatehouse), Loughborough University.


For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1.  The Loughborough Design School was formed in August 2010 through the merger of the Department of Design and Technology, Department of Human Sciences (Ergonomics) and the Ergonomics and Safety Research Institute (ESRI).

Amongst the prototypes and designs from students at the Loughborough Design School are:

Susan Shelley
Maintenance Free Fish Tank. A nano aquarium which requires no cleaning or water changes. A natural biological filter, removes harmful toxins in the water. Plant specific LED lighting creates the optimum growing conditions for plants whilst preventing algae.

Jonathan Richardson
‘Hugg’ is a 2-way communication device that keeps young children connected to their parents when separated by military deployment. It is based on the military e-bluey communications system.

Jennie Morley
‘Moulu’, a domestic coffee roasting and grinding machine with sight of ethically sourced beans. Welcomed as a kitchen showpiece aiming to redefine the home coffee experience through the creation of brand and product.

Jake Tyler
A cardboard eco vacuum cleaner, designed to improve the green credentials in the floorcare industry.

Thomas Peach
‘Humble’ is a practical, intuitive, personal and engaging solution to rethinking the home printer. The printer is lightweight and designed for the home environment.

James Terry
'Q' is a product which seeks to solve a number of problems traditionally encountered with domestic BBQ cooking. 

2.  Loughborough University School of the Arts student case studies and previews are available online at www.lboro.ac.uk/service/publicity/degreeshows/

3.  Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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