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 reimagines 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.
Are you a musician or in a band based in or around Loughborough? Want to record and distribute your own music for FREE? Throughout January, Can Altay's commission 'Loughborough Records Presents Presence' will see a pop-up recording studio complete with instruments and staffed by a professional sound engineer take up residence in the Market Town Corner. The music produced there will be distributed through a dedicated website and other channels.
Kathrin Böhm is an artist and founding member of the London based art and architecture collective public works, and the pan-European artist initiative myvillages.org. For her commission, she will be working collaboratively with An Endless Supply, a graphic design studio and infrequent publisher based in Birmingham. The commission will examine the role and dominance of branding within display systems by working with a retail outlet in Loughborough to re-brand the whole of their shop and its contents.
In the last five years, part of the UK economy and our lives has been digitised – from how we shop and entertain ourselves to the way we travel to work and manage our health. This seminar will consider how the digital can enhance the town centre customer experience and support the prosperity of our town centres, and how as digital citizens we can utilise digital technology in order to actively engage with the world around us.
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 Saturday 6 February we will be celebrating the culmination of three projects being undertaken as part of Market Town.
Europa & Peter Nencini's commission continues apace, as they transform their research into a series of surprising and evocative object-studies.
In the last five years, every part of the UK economy and our lives has been digitised. The seminar will consider both the huge changes that have taken place and how as digital citizens we can utilise digital technology in order to actively engage with the world around us.
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...
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