Textile Futures: Conscious Communities

A grey, blue, orange and yellow graphic illustration of a heart against a grey background

Booking information

Booking not required

Contact information

LU Arts
01509 222948

This poster exhibition features speculative projects by first-year undergraduate Textile Design students (2022-23).

About this exhibition

The cohort undertook collaborative group work over six weeks in response to a brief titled, 'Conscious Communities'. Each group focused on either Refugees, Grenfell Survivors or the LGBTQIA+ community. They proposed a textile futures intervention to address a problem or challenge faced by individuals and groups linked to a specific community. Students were encouraged to generate creative, imaginative, thought-provoking ideas for the short, medium and long-term textile future. They were also urged to consider the role of technology or its demise, within this context. Project outcomes include design scenarios presented as prototypes, services, experiences and interactions.


There is step-free access into the gallery via a ramp and side door. During opening hours, there will be an invigilator on duty in the gallery. If you require their assistance, then please alert them on arrival by calling to them or waving at them – the entrance to the gallery is fully glazed and the main entrance door should be open.

For more information about the venue, including photographs, view the access guide for Martin Hall on AccessAble.

If you have any specific access requirements then please contact LUArts@lboro.ac.uk in advance of your visit and we will do our best to accommodate them.


There are toilets located on the ground floor of Martin Hall including an accessible toilet. There is step-free access into this building.

Martin Hall Cafe serves light refreshments and is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm Mon-Fri. It is located behind the gallery.

There is free car parking on campus (subject to availability on the day) and the nearest car park is Car Park 9. Please report to Security at the main entrance and they will issue a visitors’ pass and direct you to the car park. 

If you are travelling by public transport, you can take the Sprint Bus from Loughborough railway station or the town centre (Ashby Square) and alight at Loughborough College. Cross Epinal Way at the pedestrian crossing and keep going straight ahead to enter campus. This brings you onto Shirley Pearce Square with Martin Hall on the left. 

View the full Sprint Bus timetable.



Image credit: Freya Holmes