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Fri 26 January 2018

Martin Hall Breakout Space


Free / Just turn up

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I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn't have a choice about getting leukemia...

Looking for a break from your regular studies or work on a Friday afternoon? Want to engage with some interesting cultural material in a creative and social way? Join us for our first Mindful Making session! Professor of Feminism, Art and Theory Hilary Robinson will be guiding a discussion about Zoe Leonard's 1992 poem/essay/manifesto 'I want a president' (quoted above; full text at https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/857278-i-want-a-dyke-for-president-i-want-a-person) as we use various materials to respond to the text through art.

This is a free event, and all materials are provided. All are welcome. If you have any accessibility needs, please email your requirements to l.r.henrickson@lboro.ac.uk in advance.

Thu 8 February 2018

Loughborough University, London



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Join us for an afternoon of discussion to mark the launch of the new project Migrant memory and the post-colonial imagination: British Asian memory, identity and community after Partition, led by Professor Emily Keightley and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This event is organised in collaboration with Radar, Loughborough University’s Contemporary Art programme commissioning artists to respond to academic research. A panel of invited artists and academics will reflect on their own research and creative practice in response to the project’s main themes: Partition, diaspora and memory. The session will be followed by a drinks reception. 


- Dawinder Bansal - Creative Producer

- Kazi Ruksana Begum - Arts Development Officer at London Borough of Tower Hamlets

- Prof Raminder Kaur Kahlon - Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Studies (University of Sussex)

- Prof Emily Keightley - Professor of Media and Memory Studies (Loughborough University)

- Dr Churnjeet Mahn - Chancellor’s Fellow and Senior Lecturer in English Literature (University of Strathclyde)

- Kevin Ryan - Director, Charnwood Arts

- Dr Pippa Virdee - Senior Lecturer in Modern South Asian History (De Montfort University)


Book Tickets

Mon 12 February 2018

Cognitos, Loughborough Students' Union


£5 / 80p students

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Cognitos hosts a very special comedy event.

This one hour show features 3 fantastic stand-ups handpicked by the Leicester Comedy Festival organisers.

Kicking the night off will be the "hilarious to watch" (localsecrets.com) one-liner comic Chris Norton Walker. This gloriously inventive act has been described as "comedy dream" and "a must see for all!" (The Comedy Cavern).

Age guidance: 16+

This event is part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Book your tickets

£5 or 80p tickets for Loughborough University students - student ID must be presented at the venue with your ticket.

Please pre-book as tickets may not be available to purchase on the door.

Sat 17 February 2018

Emmanuel Church, Loughborough


£10 / £8 conc. / £5 students

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Martin James Bartlett won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. His performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with conductor Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, received overwhelming acclaim from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall audience and from those tuning into the live recording broadcast on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3.

In the same year, Bartlett began his undergraduate studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Foundation Scholar supported by Terry Hitchcock. He also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms “Last Night” celebrations, which were broadcast live from Belfast on BBC Four and BBC Radio Ulster. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2015 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Whitacre.

In 2016, as part of the Chinese State visit to the UK, Bartlett performed a private concert for the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan, and other dignitaries. He also recently performed at Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live on BBC One from St. Paul's Cathedral.

In March 2017 Bartlett was announced as one of the thirty competitors at the Van Cliburn Competition.

Martin James Bartlett has performed with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Bartlett has performed in recital and with orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cheltenham Town Hall. He has also performed internationally in France, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Russia and the USA. He has participated in masterclasses with Sir András Schiff, Lang Lang, Stephen Kovacevich, Kathryn Stott, Peter Donohoe and Ferenc Rados.

Bartlett was awarded the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship in 2017. Following his success in the BBC Young Musician competition, he received support from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). He was the recipient of numerous other prizes and awards during his time at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Purcell School.


Scarlatti: Sonata E major K.380

Scarlatti: Sonata B minor K.27

Scarlatti: Sonata G major K. 260

Beethoven: Sonata Op. 109


Rachmaninoff : Prelude in B minor Op. 32 No.10

Rachmaninoff : Prelude in G major Op. 32 No 5

Rachmaninoff : Prelude in G Sharp minor Op. 32 No. 12

Liszt: Sonetto 104 del petrarca

Scriabin : Piano Sonata No.4 in F-sharp major, Op.30

(Image: Kaupo Kikkas)

Thu 22 February 2018

Cope Auditorium



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Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? 

(Certificate 15)


Mon 26 February 2018

Cognitos, Loughborough Students' Union


Students Free / Non Students £4 on the door


Acoustic Night invites a leading singer songwriter to come to Loughborough to perform alongside students from the university. Check out the best new talent on campus and across the country!

Our headlining act for this Acoustic Night is:

To be confirmed!

Wed 28 February 2018

Martin Hall Theatre, Loughborough University


Free / Just turn up

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There are a myriad of forces at work that prevent, enable and force movement. Borders prevent freedom of movement between states. Police and private security regulate movement through social space. Social housing tenants are forcibly relocated as areas are gentrified. Such issues disproportionately affect black people. Yet being made to move is not always a negative phenomenon; and a number of black musicians and artists have explored the role that music can play in creating times and spaces of collective empowerment to subvert, resist and overcome these power structures.

With contributions from musicians, artists and academics, this event explores the relationships between blackness, music, and the (in)ability to move. What is the relationship between grime and social housing? What does it mean when songs can cross borders but people can’t? How might music work within, against, and beyond a world in which free movement is denied to so many?

Image: Evan Ifekoya, A Score, A Groove, a Phantom, Performance Whitstable Biennale 2016, photo by Bernard G Mills

Thu 1 March 2018

Cope Auditorium, Edward Barnsley Building


Free / Just turn up

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During this talk artist and curator Kelly Large will explore ways to work in certain spaces with objects, images, film and videos, sharing examples from the speaker’s professional experience as well as examples of other artists and curators. This session is designed for students but all are welcome.

Kelly's multi-disciplinary practice engages with acts of public appearance and the agency attached to ‘being visible’; especially how different registers of visibility and public-ness are entangled with the social relations of art practice and its presentation. In both her artistic and curatorial practices she explores these ideas through producing and commissioning live work that uses forms of social choreography to reconsider the relationship between individual and collective agency. In her talk she will discuss the complexities of commissioning live and site specific works in public and private contexts. 

Currently she works as an independent curator and a tutor on the Curating Contemporary Art programme at Royal College of Art. Between 2013–2016 she was Curator: Public Programme at Zabludowicz Collection where she produced performances by Helen Benigson, Martin Creed, Alexandre da Cunha, Andy Holden, Raúl de Nieves, Jack Tan and Katrina Palmer, and worked with Rachel Maclean, Heather Phillipson, Jon Rafman and Ryan Trecartin amongst others.  Recent projects include Empathy Flows, an evening of spoken word exploring the promotion and consumption of emotion with newly commissioned work by artists and poets and Fictions Are Realities To Come, a series of new performances intersecting real and virtual worlds.

Prior to this Kelly directed SUNDAY, an international art fair for young commercial galleries, held annually in London. As part of this role she initiated SUNDAY School, a series of event based artist commissions that explored the convivial nature of the art fair context. 

Her work has been presented at Tate Modern, David Roberts Art Foundation, 52nd Venice Biennale, Eastside Projects, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, and MIMA.

Image credit:Raúl De Nieves, Los oceano son la carne, 2014. Photo: Ollie Hammick

Wed 7 March 2018

Swan in the Rushes Pub, 21 The Rushes, Loughborough LE11 5BE



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How do you measure something without touching it?

Light is now used as the basis of measurement standards. We define the meter by the distance light travels in a fixed amount of time…and yet most measurement methods rely on physical contact. Why not cut out the middle man and use light to make the measurement? In this unique lecture Professor Tyrer will describe and utilise various optical instruments to show how modern techniques can be used on a wide range of measurement problems. This will show how modern high tech industries are benefiting with the challenges of Nano-technology, through to understanding why medical implants fail in bones, and how modern lingerie can be properly engineered to fulfil the required needs.

Book your free ticket online.

John Tyrer is Professor of Optical Instrumentation in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University, and Managing Director of Laser Optical Engineering Ltd. He has 4 primary research interests; Optical Measurement/Detection, Holography, High Power Laser Processing and Laser Safety. He teaches Engineering Component Design, High Power Laser Processing, Laser Safety, Optical Engineering and Ballistics & Rocketry.

Sat 10 March 2018

Martin Hall


£13 / £10 conc. / £5 students


Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1972, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading university choirs. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the Choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing. Former directors have included John Rutter and Timothy Brown. Under the direction of Graham Ross, Director of Music since 2010, it has been praised for its consistently ‘thrilling’ and ‘outstanding’ performances worldwide. Recent engagements include Fauré’s Requiem with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the world première of Alexander Raskatov’s Green Mass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), and concerts in Notre Dame Cathedral, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Graham Ross is Director of Music of Clare College, Cambridge, and Principal Conductor/co-founder of The Dmitri Ensemble. A composer and conductor of a broad repertoire, he has had works performed throughout Europe and beyond.

Mon 12 March 2018

Cognitos, Loughborough Students' Union


Students Free / Non Students £4 on the door


Welcoming all budding performance poets to the stage to show us what they've got.

Not only will there be a number of open mic slots available for you to show your stuff, this edition also brings a special guest to the stage:

To be confirmed!

There will be opportunities for others to perform their work by signing up to the open-mic slots available. If you wish to take part, please email Isobel Sigley at I.Sigley-15@student.lboro.ac.uk, or Emily White at e.f.white-15@student.lboro.ac.uk

From: Thu 15 March 2018
To: Sun 6 May 2018

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA



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Drawing on the invitation to reconsider the works of Tadeusz Kantor and intervene in the expansive collections administered by Leicester City Council, Mike Cooter’s onsite research continues for an exhibition to be hosted by the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in spring. Forming part of the Radar series of commissions The Object is Alive, The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe, will draw on Kantor’s Anti-Exhibition (1963) and Leicester-born naturalist Henry Walter Bates’ (1825-92) research into a form of mimicry that would take his name. Working across holdings from fine art, natural history, industrial design, decorative arts and material cultures, the exhibition will look to explore how the objects in the collection both perform and reproduce themselves through their own agency and in symbiotic relationship with organisations that host them.

Image: Research photograph (with thanks to Michael Asher), Mike Cooter, 2017. Boiler heating the Abbey Pumping Station, home of Leicester City Council’s Industrial History Museum.

Thu 22 March 2018

Cope Auditorium



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Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. 

(Certificate 12A)

Wed 18 April 2018

Martin Hall


£16.50 / £5 students

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Over the course of her remarkable career, Maddy Prior has made it her mission to work with some of the most exceptional musicians in the world – both within Steeleye Span and beyond. To that noted list she has added accordion player, singer and clog dancer Hannah James and multi-instrumentalist Giles Lewin (Bellowhead / Carnival Band), forming a trio that explores the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe. Debut album 3 For Joy took fourteenth century poems, tales of the industrial revolution from Ulster and music from the Southern Baptist Church tradition, while their latest Shortwinger is themed on the wild field, mainly concerned with birds, hares and their place in folk mythology.

The trio will be performing songs from both albums as well as highlights from Maddy’s solo and band career – all presented in a daring acoustic style that enhances one of the finest voices this country has ever produced.

Thu 26 April 2018

Cope Auditorium


Free / Just turn up


Vikki will give a talk about ways in which different artworks can be installed in different places. She will share examples of best practice including how to plan and prepare for such work.  In this talk Vikki will share her own professional experience as well as examples from others. This session is designed for students but all are welcome.

Vikki Jessop currently works in the Department of Ancient Egypt & Sudan at the British Museum. After finishing her A-Levels, Vikki’s career in the arts began by volunteering in galleries and museums across Birmingham and Liverpool, she then undertook an apprenticeship at Ikon, Birmingham.

Following this she moved to London to work at Whitechapel Gallery with Rachel Whiteread on her permanent site-specific commission for the building.

Vikki then joined the V&A’s technical services team, whilst still working part Whitechapel Gallery as a Duty Manager and installation technician. Within a year of being at the V&A, Vikki was appointed Head Technician for the Disobedient Objects exhibition which opened in 2014. Alongside work at the V&A, Vikki has also freelanced for several galleries across the UK and also worked on mount- making for Banksy’s 2015 Dismaland project.



Wed 9 May 2018

Martin Hall


£15 / £10 conc. / £5 students

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Lakin McCarthy presents Robin Ince - Pragmatic Insanity.

Robin is the winner of a Sony Gold and Rose d'Or for the Infinite Monkey Cage and the Time Out Outstanding Contribution to Comedy, as well as The Francis Crick Science Journalism Award and 3 Chortle awards.

Robin's first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see, and why we believe what we believe.

Robin will have just finished a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concludes at Wembley Arena. 

Age 14+

(Image: Timothy Ginn)

Thu 10 May 2018

Cope Auditorium



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The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

(Certificate 12A)


Wed 16 May 2018

Cope Auditorium


£7 / £5 students


Following it's 'global musical tour' in December, the University Choir will settle much closer to home in May with a programme of English music, including Gilbert and Sullivan's one act comic opera Trial by Jury - silence in court! Will justice be done? Will love prevail?

Wed 30 May 2018

Cope Auditorium


£13 / £10 conc. / £5 students


A live screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent masterpiece with a live, specially curated soundtrack.

Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin, is both one of the most influential films in history and one of the most controversial. Despite being hailed as amongst the greatest movies ever made, it has been banned on numerous occasions in countries around the world due to its propagandist convictions and potential to influence political thought.

Originally written as a revolutionary propaganda film, Battleship Potemkin is a dramatic retelling of a notorious mutiny in 1905, when the Potemkin’s crew rebelled against their officers. Eisenstein hoped the film would be given a new soundtrack every 20 years to help retain its relevance for each passing generation.

For this screening, Matthew Trusler (violin) and Ashley Wass (piano) have curated a powerful soundtrack of music by several different composers, many of whom were influenced and affected by the Russian Revolution of 1917. Works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Janacek and Bartok have been selected to complement the film’s narrative, and are skilfully timed to correspond with each change of scene.

The juxtaposition of one of the 20th Century’s most powerful films with a live soundtrack from some of the greatest composers associated with this turbulent era of political upheaval, makes for a truly compelling experience.

Repertoire included in the Potemkin soundtrack:

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition

Bartok - Out of Doors

Prokofiev - Violin Sonata No. 1

Prokofiev - Violin Sonata No. 2

Janacek - Violin Sonata

Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in E minor

Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in D minor




Matthew Trusler

Matthew Trusler has developed a reputation as one of Britain’s leading violinists, performing with many of the world’s great orchestras, and receiving huge critical acclaim for his diverse recordings. Trusler has been invited to perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Australia, the USA, Japan and South Africa, with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish and BBC Welsh orchestras, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, CBSO, Halle and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Further afield he has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Hanover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Berlin, Malaysian Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic.

Ashley Wass

Described as an ‘endlessly fascinating artist’, Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation. Increasingly in demand on the international stage, Ashley has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has performed as soloist with numerous leading ensembles, including all of the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, CBSO, Bournemouth Symphony and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky.


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK


01509 222 948