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Students: Don’t miss this chance to create a sculpture for the University

LU Arts are running a competition for teams of students to design a sculptural work for Claudia Parsons Hall.

The competition has been made possible by the generosity of donors Barry and Valerie Eccleston. As well as the £8,000 production fee for the chosen design to be made and installed, there is a £2,000 fee for the winning team.

To encourage students to combine their skills and collaborate with one another, each team should be made up of two to six students from a minimum of two different subject areas. In recognition that Claudia Parsons is the first hall on campus named after a woman, each team should include at least one female student. This is open to all current Loughborough University students (including PGT and PGR students and those based at our London campus).

The sculpture could be functional – a shelter, seating or form of way marking – or purely an interesting sculptural work. Proposals will need to consider the limitations of the budget offered (factoring in any necessary foundations or fixtures), health and safety, durability of materials and maintenance requirements.

There are two potential sites for the commissioned sculpture – by the walkway at the main entrance to the hall and in the courtyard. LU Arts recommend visiting the site ahead of submitting your design.

The deadline for entries is Monday 10 January 2022. Details of the application process and site photos are included in the full brief which is available on the LU Arts website.

A Find a Team session will run 24 November, 12pm-2pm via Microsoft Teams to help you find other students who want to get involved in this opportunity. As well as being a chance to ask any questions about the competition, you will be grouped into different breakout rooms so you can chat informally to other students, with a view to forming or joining a team.

Anyone who can’t attend this session but would like help in finding a team should contact LU Arts by email (