At LU Arts we work with a wider range of people from individual students and student networks and associations to societies, academics and other professional services at the University. Here we look in more detail at some of the students we have worked with and some of the projects we have been involved in.

We will be adding more stories to this page over time so please keep checking back for the latest content.

Telling Our Stories: Campus Poems

LU Arts invited poet Indigo Williams to curate an anthology of poems that were sighted in locations across the campus for the whole of October, as part of Black History Month.

From Zimbabwe to Nigeria and London, Telling Our Stories is a collection of 11 Contemporary Black British Poets writing on themes of ethnicity, family, home and what it means to be Black British.

Curated by Indigo Williams, each poem presents a distinct voice that shares stories of the past, future and present life that influenced who they are and how they see themselves in the world.

Featuring poets: Toni Stuart, Ioney Smallhorne, Yomi Sode, Raymond Antrobus, Theresa Lola, Indigo Williams, Belinda Zahwi, Inua Ellams, Keith Jarrett and Ada Ughanwa

Ian Giles LGBT+ histories project

Artist Ian Giles is working on a new project that engages with the current LGBT+ Association.

Ian's artistic practice often makes visible interesting LGBT+ histories, involving a direct engagement with a specific geographical community, and mirroring local LGBT+ histories with key historical moments. For this project Ian has been researching Loughborough's LGBT+ history, and how it is represented within the University archive, alongside developing a specific project that will take place as part of LGBT+ History Month.

The event will take place in February and will playfully make visible histories personal to Loughborough (that have in part been secured via a call out to the Alumni) alongside important events that have taken place at the same time, that have sought to achieve sexual equality.

Ian Giles Ian Giles Trojan Horse Rainbow Screening Image
Image: Ian Giles, Trojan Horse / Rainbow Flag, Screening at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, presented by Gasworks, London, 2019.
Photo by Rob Harris

Aidan’s performing arts scholarship year

Aidan won the Performing Arts Scholarship (Dance) for 2018/19. Here he reflects on how the LU Arts scholarship has helped him develop his skills throughout the year.