What's On

From: Tue 2 April 2019
To: Thu 25 April 2019

Tues & Thurs, 12-2pm

Martin Hall Exhibition Space



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This exhibition consists of a selection of work from five existing students from the Fine Art course at Loughborough University: Chris Bingham, Kate Freckelton, Kerolaina Linkevica, James Milner and Samuel Thompson-Plant. It is based around the idea of the 'something'. This 'something' is a sense, a feeling, expectation or regret, a hope or hopelessness. It comments on the uncertainty involved in seeking the things we want, and the confusion in our experience of waiting for these things. Humour is a key element of the exhibition. The selected works utilise humour as a gateway to questioning the nature of the existing.

The exhibition will launch with a private view on Tuesday 2 April, 7pm-11pm; all are welcome to attend this event, just turn up on the night, After this, the exhibition will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 12-2pm. To view the exhibition outside of these hours (Mon to Fri), please contact LU Arts (email: luarts@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 222948).

This exhibition has been made possible by funding from LU Arts' student arts grants scheme. For more information on this scheme and how to apply for funding go to the dedicated webpage.

Mon 6 May 2019



As part of this year’s Freefest at Loughborough Students' Union, we have invited Creative Writing and Spoken Word Scholars Michael Asolo and Ada Ughanwa to perform alongside a selection of other talented student performance poets.

Michael Harry, winner of the Singer-Songwriter scholarship, will also perform at this event alongside other students who have been part of this year's Acoustic Nights at LSU.

This event is a chance for our scholars to share their talents with students, staff and the wider community and help raise the profile of the arts on campus.

Applications for 2019/20 scholarships will open in the summer term. Find out more about our scholarship programme.

Booking Information

Wed 8 May 2019


LU Arts Office, Martin Hall, Room 0.13


RSVP required

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Radar, Loughborough University's contemporary commissioning programme, are hosting an informal lunch for researchers and academics. The lunch will be an opportunity to learn more about how Radar works with artists and researchers via short, low-key presentations by Radar staff, as well as a change for researchers to seek advice about working with artists and discuss ideas for potential collaboration.

The buffet lunch will be served at 12.30 in the LU Arts Office, and presentations will take place between 1.15-1.35pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to l.purseglove@lboro.ac.uk 

Wed 8 May 2019

Martin Hall Theatre




Join our music scholars for an end of year performance to showcase their talents. LU Arts awarded three students instrumental awards, and two students choral awards. Each have received tuition in their chosen instrument and have learnt new pieces to perform within this recital. The concert will feature pieces from Ifan Llywelyn (Trombone), Hannah Rayner (Flute), Joshua Ireland (Percussion), Sean Roche Watson (Voice) and Daniel Moss (Voice).

This concert is free and open to all.

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Wed 8 May 2019



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The Great Halls Bake Off Final is nearly upon us!

GBBO 2013 winner, Frances Quinn has set a challenege for our 5 star bakers who will be competing in the final to win £500. The bakers will need to crEATe an edible design that uses a biscuit based bake as the canvas or use their favourite shop bought biscuit(s) to create a masterpiece on a homemade bake!

About our finalists: 


“I’m Megan, a first year Product Design and Technology student from France. I started baking when I was little and have loved it ever since. Finding the time to bake while at university is tough but I especially like baking and decorating cakes for birthdays and special occasions.”


Course: Sport and Exercise Sciences (1st Year)
Home: Cambridge, Histon

"I normally bake in the holiday especially around Christmas and Easter normally baking cakes, sweets, biscuits etc. Other than that, I don’t bake regularly and just do it for fun on the odd occasion. I entered the Bake-Off as my friend, Alp – Faraday Action Rep, encouraged me, so I said yes and signed up. I ended up winning by baking a gingerbread cake in the shape of a gingerbread man. I somehow won and got through to this stage!!!!"


"I'm Ross and i'm a first year student studying Chemistry. I'm a keen cook from Plymouth and enjoy spending my time in the kitchen practicing and trying new things. One of my fravourite desserts is a lemon meringue pie. However, a good Victoria spunge always does well just because of how easy and tasty it is."


"I'm Olivia Sergeant and I'm a first year MEng Civil Engineering student. I'm originally from Cheltenham but live in Bedfordshire, and i've been baking since a very young age as I always used to bake with my Mum. Ever since a young age I've been baking for friends and family either for fun or for occasions, such as their birthdays. I really love baking and enjoy experimenting and coming up with new bakes and flavours."


Good luck to all the finalists!  

This event is by invitation only. Check out our social media channels for the announcement of the winner on the night!


Tue 14 May 2019


Cope Auditorium


£10/£5 students

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All My Sons
by Arthur Miller
directed by Jeremy Herrin

Certificate 12

Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.

But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).

All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong.

Tickets will also be available on the door (subject to availability). Please note, at this time we can only accept cash payments on the door.


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Wed 15 May 2019


Cope Auditorium


£7/£5 students


Illumination - a programme inspired by light in all its forms! Songs about the sun, the moon, the stars, a rainbow, and even lamplight. We are particularly excited to be performing Sunrise Mass by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjielo (www.olagielo.com), and look forward to introducing his music to the Loughborough audience. 

Norwegian composer, Ola Gjielo's Sunrise Mass is in four sections - The Spheres, Sunrise, The City and Identity. He himself wrote about the piece: "I wanted the musical development of the Mass to evolve from transparent and spacey, through increasing emotion and movement, to something solid and grounded - as a metaphor for human development from child to adult, for a spiritual journey, or the creative process itself." It is written for chorus and string orchestra; on this occasion, it will be accompanied by the choir's pianist, Eleonora Babitsky.

Other items on the programme range from Lux Aeterna, an arrangement for choir of Edward Elgar's Nimrod to Rule the world as featured in the film Stardust. When the sun rises from Bob Chilcott's I share creation, Don Mclean's Vincent, Henry Mancini's Moon River and Howard Goodall's setting of Lead, kindly light will also feature and there will also be a chance for the audience to join us in Leaning in a lampost from Noel Gay's Me and my girl. It's not an exhaustive list of music inspired by the sun, the stars, the moon, and lighting in general but there's quite a selection; please join us for an illuminating evening!

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Wed 5 June 2019

Cope Auditorium


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As part of the LU Arts Artist in Residency programme, artist Ian Nesbitt was invited to spend time at the University and develop a new work that engaged with the context of the campus, whether that be the physical space or the activity that went on within it.  

‘Field Recordings From A Bubble’ takes a wide-ranging approach to the physical and metaphysical spaces of what students and staff refer to as ‘the Loughborough Bubble’ as its context to explore geographies of care. The University functions on a careful matrix of care ranging from the support services that are provided by the university, to the off-campus support for community initiatives via Action projects, to the care for physical aspects of the campus delivered by cleaners and gardeners. Ian’s film has engaged with staff and students whose role involves some form of caring but also seeks to shed light on much broader questions of what care might mean.

 Based on the physical act of walking around the campus boundary with students and staff, the film uses these site-specific conversations as a vehicle for talking about receiving and giving care and support (looking outside/looking inside). As well as a literal peek into how ideas of care and support help campus life to function successfully, ideas raised in the film, regarding what a body/community/society does or doesn't need from 'outside' to function successfully, also bring the B-R-E-X-I-T word to mind, very much at the front of everyone's minds during the filmmaking process.

The film will be accompanied by a discussion involving some of the individuals involved in the film, using the issues around care at Loughborough to discuss wider issues around care that are of interest to academics and practitioners.

This event is part of Loughborough University Arts Festival, a celebration of the creative, visual and performing arts at Loughborough. The festival takes place from 5-13 June on campus. For more information visit the dedicated festival website.

Sat 8 June 2019

Doors open 6pm

Martin Hall Theatre



Experience the thrills, spills, and spectacular skills of incredible performance art when arthouse wrestling comes to Loughborough University!

Wrestling Resurgence presents Angry Dancing!  The larger than life characters of Nottingham and UK wrestling takeover Loughborough University for an action-packed evening of family friendly live professional wrestling suitable for both seasoned fans and total new comers! 

This highly entertaining art form will have you on the edge of your seat, cheering and cheering, and stamping your feet! 

British wrestling, with its diverse fan base and artistic quality, is one of the U.K’s cultural success stories of the twenty-first century, a popular performance form that reflects the dynamic, varied art scene of contemporary Britain.  

Ten years ago British professional wrestling seemed dead. The days of cheering for Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks on Saturday evening television seemed long gone. However, now British wrestling companies are selling out major venues, matches are being beamed around the world, British professional wrestling, is once again, leading the world.


Credits - Rob Brazier for photography and Loughborough University for video

Book Tickets

Thu 13 June 2019

Martin Hall


£5, including lunch


The history of art education is full of utopian visions and creative pedagogies that have proposed imaginative educational methodologies.  At a time when art education is under threat, this symposium will celebrate and reflect on some of those histories and consider how they can be re-imagined in the current climate. 

Loughborough is an interesting context for this to take place because it has some interesting histories itself, namely The Handicrafts Unit where Edward Barnsley and Peter Waals originated its Design School by training students to make items for use in all areas of the university  and that it was home to Stewart Mason who is responsible for  its important sculpture collection and was pre-eminent as a champion for arts education.  Currently, Radar, our commissioning programme has invited artist Katerina Hruskova to work with Dr. Sarah Mills, responding to the work of educationalist Marion Richardson.  

The symposium brings together panels that combine academic presentations with practitioners and case studies. The event will be of interest to art historians, educationalists, curators and artists and those interested in the future of art education. 

From 10.00: Registration & coffee

1030: Introduction Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

11.00: Panel 1: Interesting histories

1215: Lunch

1300: Panel 2: Creative Pedagogies

1400: Panel 3: Institutions

1500: Coffee

15.15: Panel 4: Practices

16.15: Close 

Panel 1: Interesting Histories  11.00-12.15

Dr. Gillian Whitely, Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture, Loughborough University

Prof Alison Yarrington, Professor of Art History, Loughborough University

Professor Matthew Cornford and Professor John Beck, University of Brighton

Panel 2: Creative Pedagogies     1.00 – 2.00

Annie Davey, artist and lecturer, UCL Institute of Education

Professor Hilary Robinson, Professor of Feminism, Art, and Theory

Panel 3: Institutions  2.00 – 3.00pm

Adam Sutherland, Director, Grizedale Arts

Carolina Rito, Head of Public Programmes and Research, Nottingham Contemporary

Panel 4: Practices   3.15 – 4.30pm

Fay Nicholson, artist

Elspeth Mitchell  Research Associate – Practices and Theories of Feminism and Art

Emmanuel Almborg, artist

The symposium is part of Loughborough University Arts Festival, a celebration of the creative, visual and performing arts at Loughborough. The festival takes place from 5-13 June on campus. For more information visit the dedicated festival website.

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Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK


01509 222 948