6 Nov 2019
Former and current Creative Arts students’ work features in mindfulness colouring book
Produced by LU Arts, who run a programme of extracurricular arts-related events, Keep Calm & Carry On Colouring features 16 drawings by students and graduates from our Fine Art BA and Graphic Communication and Illustration BA courses, with accompanying statements about the artists, their work and why they wanted to be involved in this project.
The aim of the book, which includes drawings dedicated to space, architecture and quirky iconography as well as more abstract designs, is to encourage Loughborough students to manage stress through a creative outlet.
Copies are available to Loughborough students free of charge at various LU Arts events and on campus throughout the year, including in the Edward Barnsley Building and Cope Auditorium foyers. They are also available in the LU Arts office in Martin Hall and in the Library.
Director of LU Arts, Nick Slater, said: “Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment, free from distraction and fully focused on the activity we are involved in.
“We hope that this colouring book will help other students to escape the stresses of daily life, providing an opportunity to channel their thoughts and creativity through colouring in the imaginative and intricate drawings contained within the book.”
Contributing artist Becky Shepperson said: “Colouring is one of those things that can benefit everybody, there’s nothing more relaxing than cosying up with a hot drink and a colouring book to destress – it’s helped me many times!
“I hope my design will allow people to forget about life’s stresses for a while and fall in love with art.”
Fellow contributor Lily Bohanne – who also designed the front cover of the book – added: “I wanted to create a fun and entertaining style to reflect positivity and to give users a taste for creativity.
“I believe colouring is a great way to focus on ourselves and to reflect on things we ordinarily never give a moment’s thought to.”
The mindfulness colouring book is just one way in which LU Arts is helping to support the health and wellbeing of students this year. A weekly programme of fun and uplifting activities is taking place in Claudia Parsons Hall and The Hub this term to encourage students to take some time out from their studies and escape the pressures of daily life.
Activities range from hands-on practical sessions to more energetic and physical ones, learning new skills and techniques along the way which can be used to help reduce anxiety and contribute to a sense of wellbeing. More information on this free programme for students can be found here.
Additional creative opportunities include Happy Mondays, clubs and societies, and tuition and classes. For more information on how to get involved, visit the LU Arts website.