Market Town is a programme of commissions and critical debate that focus on the regeneration of the high street in Loughborough. As a pilot town in which the findings of the Portas Review are being tested, and with a University that is a leading centre for research into the future of retail, Loughborough is the ideal place to develop a series of projects that will act as a form of action research. These projects will investigate the potential of artists, architects, designers and other creative professionals to develop work that re-imagines the town as a destination for “socialising, culture, health, wellbeing, creativity and learning” (the Portas Review), whilst seeking new ways to rethink and activate local economies.
Throughout January 2016, Can Altay's commission 'Loughborough Records Presents Presence' has seen a pop-up recording studio complete with instruments and staffed by a professional sound engineer taking up residence in the Market Town Corner. The music produced there is now available on a dedicated website and other channels.
Europa is a graphic design partnership formed in 2007 and based in London. It is run by Mia Frostner, who is Swedish, and Robert Sollis, who is English. For their Market Town commission, they will be working with artist and illustrator Peter Nencini. Together, they will be creating a new body of work inspired by Loughborough’s industrial heritage, exploring the complexities of creating graphic identities for places, and thinking about the differences between brand identity and place identity.
You can visit our Market Town blog to find out more about the project, enjoy recaps and photos from past events, learn about inspiring projects all over the world addressing the same themes and issues, and hear from the commissioned artists themselves about their work and processes.
On Monday 28 April two elelements from the 'ough 'ough commission by Europa and Peter Nencini will be launched: a website and three billboards.
In April Something & Son’s commission Market Lectures will come to fruition when market vendors and University lecturers will be trading places for a few days.
At the moment there are no events planned for Radar. Watch this space to keep up to date and click to see the event archive.
A contemporary arts programme inspiring participation and debate through cross disciplinary working between artists and academics. Radar engages with research and uses it as a stimulus to inform and develop new projects.
Delve into our archive of projects exploring the relationship between environment, audience and sound, the social history of music within the workplace, the communicative potential of the object, how history is created and share by people and more...
Currently working on the next Radar programme which will be A Weird Weekend (in November) https://t.co/ZrX6RZKz0n
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