Co-Lab 2019

From: Mon 28 January, 11:00am
To: Fri 1 February, 4:00pm

Venue: Fine Art gallery space

Radar presents a week of artist-led workshops exploring process of working that cross disciplinary and methodological boundaries. These sessions are open to all Loughborough University students. A £3 deposit is required to secure your place, which is refunded on completion of the session. 

What is Co-Lab?

Co-Lab is a week of workshops organised by Radar to explore a range of contemporary issues. They’re led by leading artists who work across disciplines and are designed to provide insights into different ways of creatively approaching a range of topics: from architecture for the social good to poetry to ceramics to coding. You’ll learn new skills, meet people from a range of backgrounds and be encouraged to think about problems differently.

Who’s it for?

Co-Lab is open to all Loughborough University students, regardless of their artistic skill or experience.

How much do they cost?

Sessions are free. There’s a £3 deposit per session, which is refunded after you attend. There’ll be a trip at the end of the week which may require a larger deposit.

What is Radar?

Radar is based at Loughborough University. We commission contemporary artists to produce new work alongside academic research, and run workshops and discussions across campus and the town. You can find more information at


Monday 28th January: Lindsey Mendick on craft, ceramics, gender

Lindsey Mendick’s practice centres on her work in ceramic, which she is drawn to through its tactile nature and its desire to be manipulated by the maker. She also embraces banner painting, sewing, metalwork, furniture making and sound within her work. By playfully combining low culture iconography and high culture methods of construction, Mendick creates humorously decadent and elaborate installations that encourage the exploration of personal history in a cathartic fashion. She has described her work as revelling ‘in the criticisms I had been given…too loud, too colourful, too feminine, too British.’

Tuesday 29th January: Studio Polpo on architecture, social enterprise, collaboration

Studio Polpo is a Sheffield based social enterprise architectural practice, which works at the intersection of a number of disciplines to create objects, structures, research and initiatives that can be taken-on and built-upon by others. Their projects are underpinned by a desire to work towards social, environmental and economic sustainability. They work at scales from fixings and furniture, to new buildings, and the refurbishment of old or existing structures. Most of their work is in collaboration with others (artists, social housing providers, the NHS); and they believe that engaging with people from different disciplines and backgrounds makes work more interesting.

Wednesday 30th January: Anna Barham & Ahren Warner on writing, performance, poetry

With a practice that incorporates writing, video, drawing, sculpture and performance, Anna Barham’s work interrogates language’s endless and unruly potential through the bodily and technological operations that act upon it. She is also interested in the relationships between objects, technology, capitalism and nature. Ahren Warner is a researcher, artist and poet based in the School of Arts, English and Drama. His work explores the relationships between poetry, the visual arts and new media. He is the author of several books of poetry.

Thursday 31st January: Esther Rolinson & Sean Clark on computer programming, digital technology, interaction

Esther Rolinson makes light installations and sculptural works through drawing. Over the last 20 years she has worked nationally and internationally making major permanent public space commissions and exhibiting her large-scale works. Her installations are immersive, extendable structures that can be adjusted to fit diverse environments from light festivals to art galleries. Sean Clark is the Founder and Managing Director of web/mobile developer Cuttlefish, the Director of Leicester arts company Interact Digital Arts, a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University in the UK, and an International Professor at Guangdong University of Technology in China. Over a period of almost 30 years he has worked in the arts, academia and commerce. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and active member of the Computer Arts Society.

Friday 1st February: Trip 

Trip to Birmingham with visits to Ikon gallery, BOM, Eastside Projects and Forward!. More details available on the booking page


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

01509 222 948