Visual arts

There are lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts at Loughborough, either by getting creative yourself or enjoying the work of others. From evening classes and hands-on taster sessions in a variety of creative skills to exhibitions and our very own contemporary art programme, there is something to suit a range of interests and abilities.

Student during pottery class

Radar is our commissioning and research programme. Each year, Radar invites artists to produce new work in response to, and as part of, research undertaken across Loughborough University’s two campuses. Radar’s event programme brings together artistic and academic work and is open to students, staff and the general public. Events may include artist talks, discussion events, exhibitions, installations, workshops and publications. There are opportunities for interested students to get involved in Radar projects. For more information, visit the dedicated Radar website.

Dotted around campus and tucked away in department buildings and offices, you’ll find sculptures, artwork and furniture from the University’s arts collection, which we manage. Take a walk around campus following our sculpture trail and keep an eye out for these works as you go about your studies or work.

If you are a talented artist working in any media form (but not studying art) then you can apply for an arts scholarship. Each scholar receives a £100 cash and a support package of up to £500 to develop your talent further. 

If you are looking for something more ‘hands-on’ then each semester we offer creative evening classes in pottery and painting and drawing. We also have our weekly Happy Mondays events in the Students’ Union, which include arts and crafts workshops in a wide range of creative skills such as screen printing, pottery, glass fusion, embroidery, crochet, photography and woodturning. These workshops are suitable for all abilities and you will usually make something to take away with you.