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23 Sep 2015

LU Arts welcome staff, students and community to Market Town events

Image courtesy of Harry Pope via Flickr

LU Arts is running a number of events for staff, students and members of the community to get involved in this month. 

The events are part of the Market Town programme, which has invited artists, designers, and architects to respond to the findings of the Portas Review (2011) and explore the future of Loughborough and its high street. The programme is offering a range of artist commissions and events that will continue until spring 2016.

A seminar titled ‘Identity, Civic Pride and Civic Place’ will take place next week. The seminar discusses what design offers in terms of developing the identity, structure and meaning of a place. It will also investigate how design can creatively connect with the community to reimagine and reinvent public spaces that are used by local people.

A number of guest speakers will also be attending the event to offer their insight. These include: Robert Harland, Lecturer in Visual Communication from the University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama and Patrick Lacey from Åbäke, a graphic design collective.

Architect turned planner Finn Williams and Robert Sollis from graphic design partnership Europa will also share their thoughts at the seminar.

This is a free event taking place at The Swan in the Rushes, 21 The Rushes on 30 September from 6:30pm – 9.30pm. To book, please click here.

A second event, which will take place at the start of October, is a discussion evening entitled ‘How to Run a Co-op?’, also organised by LU Arts.

The event will explore different options for organising and running co-operatives and other social enterprises.

Leicester-based organisation Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development (CASE) who deliver advice and support to people-centred enterprises will be speaking at the event. Also speaking are ecologically-minded printers Footprint Workers' Co-operative from Leeds. Both talks will be followed by short Q&A sessions in smaller groups.

This event is also free to attend and will take place at Market Town Corner on 1 October from 5:30pm – 8.30pm. To book, please click here.

Both events have been organised through the LU Arts Radar Programme. Further information can be found at

Notes for editors

Article reference number: September News

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

On 21 September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.