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From: Thu 10 January 2019
To: Thu 28 February 2019

Student Halls



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**For Students in Halls/ Afiliated to Halls only**

Are you into your baking? Do you think you could win a bake off? LU Arts are holding the 'Great Halls Bake Off' whereby students and affiliated students from halls compete to become star baker and the overall winner of the GHBO (Great Halls Bake Off)! With lots of prizes to be won along the way, including baking courses and a whopping £500 you'd be BAKE-ing mad to miss it!

Stage One:

Students within each hall will have the opportunity to compete to be their hall star baker; GBBO 2013 winner Frances Quinn would like those competing to create an edible design:

"I challenge and encourage you to crEATe an edible design inspired by the art and design world. From canvas to cake, gouache to ganache, sketchbook pages to pastry sheets, design with food as you would any other medium. Whether sweet or savoury, vibrant or monochrome, let your taste and colour palette reflect your inspiration and own personal tastes. Think outside of the box and kitchen and most of all enjoy the process as much as the final product crEATed!"

Each hall star baker will win a £50 prize and a free place on a baking workshop!


- Each Hall must have a minimum of 7 competing students to be eligible.

- Each hall must submit its list of bakers who have signed up to take part to LU Arts at Luarts@lboro.ac.uk

- Only students living in the hall or affiliated to the hall can enter.

- The judging panel will be a representative from hall committee, a member of LU Arts and  the hall warden or sub warden

- Halls can decide on when and where they hold the judging of their competition but judging must take place on a date between 20th and 28th February 2019.

Stage Two:

The star bakers from each hall will be set a new challenge by Francis and this time, the winner takes all! Guest judges will crown the Great Hall Bake Off (GHBO) who will win £500!

If you would like to enter the competition, please sign up here via the online sign up sheet.


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From: Wed 6 February 2019
To: Sun 24 February 2019




Leicester is hosting their 26th comedy festival which will feature an unrivalled programe of incredible shows, events and projects designed to raise a smile!

Over 70 venues will feature in the festival, hosting an array of shows and events. Some of the biggest names in comedy will appear (including Arthur Smith, Jonny Vegas, Zoe Lyons, Jason Manford, Nish Kumar, Tom Allen, Dave Gorman, Jo Brand and Russell Howard) but thats not all, Leicester comedy festival will also proudly present some of the best new and emerging comedians.

As part of the comedy festival we will be running a Happy Monday comedy club which will feature a variety of comedians including Daniel Nicholas and Lloyd Langford. This one hour special is guarenteed to get you laughing.

Tickets for all public festival shows are available from the website and be found under each event listed.

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From: Wed 13 February 2019
To: Thu 28 February 2019

Martin Hall Exhibition Space




On Tuesday 5th February, photographer Ming de Nasty ran a pop-up photographic portrait session for Loughborough’s LGBT+ community. 

The photographs of the individuals taken during the session will be proudly displayed in an exhibition from 15th February to the 28th Feburary as part of LGBT+ History Month. The portraits will show a range of people, all with different identities which will feature alongside descriptions about what the LGBT+ community means to them, and how they are allowed to express themselves within our Loughborough LGBT+ community.

The exhibition is open for anyone to attend and will be open Monday- Friday 12-2pm in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space. The exhibition space can be accessed directly from Shirley Pearce Square and is to the right of the main entrance into Martin Hall Building. 

Mon 25 February 2019

Loughborough Students' Union, Cogs


Free/ £4 general public


After the success of the previous acoustic night held by Scholarship winner Michael Harry, we are happy to announce its return for 2019, bringing you more musical variety from a pool of talented students. Acoustic Night invites students at Loughborough University to perform at an open mic night. This night usually features a variety of line-ups which showcase some of the best new talent on campus and across the county! The event is open for all to attend, students, staff and the general public.

Keep an eye out for more information on this event. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Wed 27 February 2019


Cope Auditorium




During late February and early March the photographer Richard Paul will be in residence in Loughborough University's Department of Materials, investigating what microscopic and high-speed ballistic images might reveal or uncover about our knowledge and understanding of the world beyond the limits of our immediate perception. Experimenting with 3D video and lenticular prints using scanning electron and optical microscopes, Paul seeks to reveal invisible moments of material transformation, in which toughened steel turns to liquid.

For this event Richard will discuss his work with the photographer, curator and critic Duncan Wooldridge. Wooldridge explores the limits of photography via themes of reproduction and authorship. He contributes regularly to a range of art publications, hosting seminars at major institutions and curating exhibitions. He is BA Photography Course Leader at Camberwell School of Art.

This event is open to all. A free ticket can be purchased prior to the event or you can just turn up on the day.

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Wed 27 February 2019


Music practice room behind Cope Auditorium


£3 deposit


We’re really delighted to have guitar hero Rachel Aggs running a workshop for us! It’s open to all, regardless of ability/style, and we’ll have some guitars if you don’t have your own (though please bring one if you do!). As guitarist in Shopping, Sacred Paws and Trash Kit Rachel has produced some of the most exciting music of recent years, earning plaudits from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Quietus, and winning 2017’s Scottish Album of the Year award. She’s also spoken eloquently about her experiences as a queer woman of colour in the music scene. And her workshop looks great! It’ll reject the guitar as a macho power-tool/phallic symbol, enabling you to improve your confidence by writing riffs/songs and performing live! Rachel will offer examples of her favourite self-taught guitarists and some inspiring LGBTQ, women and POC guitar heroes!!

The focus will be on having great ideas and making cool sounds, not on technique or right/wrong ways of playing - cus guess what? There is no wrong way! Even if you have never touched a guitar before, please come down and try it out! And if you have, you might unlearn something so you can learn something new! Let's make a mess! 

We will cover and rethink the basics:

- How to make sound come out the guitar - how to plug it in, what gear you do or DONT need! 

- Tuning - how to tune by ear + how to use a tuning pedal + experimenting with tuning

- Holding the pick - playing simple rhythms, sometimes one string is all u need!

- Riffs - how to come up with wild riffs using simple scales

- Chords - who needs them? I will teach u the 3 chords I know - now form a band!!

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Mon 4 March 2019

Loughborough Student's Union - Cogs


£3 deposit


For Loughborough University students only

Come along and relax for a couple of hours, in this introduction to glass fusing where you will make a unique coaster or tile. The tutor, Katherine Wilson will introduce you to a range of glass products including glass rods, crushed glass and flakes of glass confetti which you can use to create your design. As well as designing your coaster you will also learn about preparing and constructing your piece for firing. Your coaster will be fired and ready to collect about a week later.

Katherine began working with stained glass about 10 years ago and now works full time from her studio in Nottingham. She creates a range of fused glass work and also makes and repairs traditional stained glass windows and panels.

* A £3 desposit is required on booking. This will be refunded to you on completion of the workshop. Failure to attend the workshop will ensure a loss of deposit. Refunds on your purchase are available up to 1 day before the workshop if you can no longer attend.

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Wed 6 March 2019

Cope Auditorium Practice Room


£3 deposit


Last year the Nottingham-based artist and composer Rebecca Lee produced Making it up, this moment in June, a new musical work for Radar, Loughborough University’s contemporary arts programme. Inspired by the different ways we listen to each other when listening to or performing music and in everyday life, it was performed by a mixture of beginner and experienced musicians (including Loughborough University students). To mark the release of the score for this work, Rebecca is returning to Loughborough to run this workshop on musical improvisation and listening. You’ll have a chance to explore Rebecca’s process and try out playing parts of the score. The workshop will be of interest to anyone interested in experimental methods for making music on any instrument (including singers), and regardless of formal musical ability. 

This workshop is open to members of the public and the Loughborough University community. The workshop is made possible by the kind support of the Hinrichsen Foundation.

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Mon 11 March 2019

Loughborough Students' Union, Cogs


Free/£4 general public


Speech Bubble is LU Arts' performance night, where professional poets perform alongside students and staff, joining an open mic slot. This is open to anyone willing to perform for a live audience. Last term Speech Bubble was run by our 2018/19 creative writing scholarship winners Ada Ughanwa and Michael Asolo, who will be helping to host the competition once again.
This event is free for students and open to the general public. You can pay on the door (or just turn up if you are a student) without needed to book in advance.

Keep an eye out for more information on this event.

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Wed 13 March 2019





During March, the artist Phoebe Collings-James will be undertaking a residency in Loughborough University's Department of Materials, researching methods for achieving controlled material decay. Exploring violence, control and embodiment, she will enact a series of material experiments intended to disrupt boundaries between the subject and the object, reclaiming agency and resistance in the position of the objectified ‘other’.

For this event, Phoebe will be in conversation with the artist Rebecca Bellantoni. A London-born artist of Caribbean descent, Bellantoni considers the notion of ‘the real’ through a lens of spirituality and its aesthetics. Bellantoni’s practice includes video, textile, performance, installation and writing.

Tickets can be pre purchased or you can just turn up on the day without booking.

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Wed 20 March 2019


Cope Auditorium




During February and March the artist Rachel Pimm will be in residence at Loughborough University's Department of Materials. Working with biochemistry, living chemistry and biomimicry, Rachel Pimm’s project asks what makes something ‘alive’. Through a series of experiments with active chemicals, Pimm will examine instances of the organic simulating the inorganic and organic/inorganic hybrids as a means to consider the relationship between ‘life’ and its environment.

For this event, Rachel wil discuss her work with the novelist and historian of science Daisy Hildyard. Hildyard is the author of two books, Hunters in the Snow and The Second Body. She is a Leverhulme Early Career Research fellow at Northumbria University, where she has led a research project investigating non-human life experiences.

This event is open to all. Tickets can be pre purchased or you can turn up at the event without needed to pre-book

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Thu 28 March 2019

Seminar Room 1, Pilkington Library




Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

In 2011, a survey found that more than 90% of contributors on Wikipedia were men. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of representation from cis and transgender women as well as non-binary folks.

Let’s change that.

Join us for this free drop-in event, anytime between 1pm and 5pm for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on Thursday 28th March

We will provide tutorials for beginners, reference materials and refreshments. Bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. Don’t hesitate to just stop by even if you don’t want to do any editing.

We invite people of all gender identities and expressions to participate.

If you wish, you can create a Wikipedia account before the event. You can learn how to do that here:https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:CreateAccount&returnto=Main+Page

In preparation of the edit-a-thon, there will be two sessions in smaller groups (10-12 persons). held in Pilkington Library:

- Thurs 14 March, 6pm-9pm

- Thurs 21 March, 2pm-4pm

During these sessions we will discuss subjects related to feminism and knowledge such as algorithms and bias, visibility/invisibility for artists & activists, unpaid immaterial labor, reproductive knowledge. Spaces at these sessions are limited and must be booked in advance. You can attend one or both of these sessions. You do not need to have taken part in either of these sessions to be part of the 'edit-a-thon' on 28 March.

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Wed 15 May 2019

Cope Auditorium



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. And as always, there'll be a chance for them to join in!


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK


01509 222 948