Seminar - The Civic University

Tue 20 September, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Upstairs at the Swan in the Rushes Pub 21 The Rushes, Loughborough LE11 5BE

FREE

Overview:

Historically a civic university was the term given to a university devised to tend to a particular civic need - an institution created for the development of teaching and learning of a (predominately industrial) discourse. However a more contemporary understanding of this term is to think about the increasing ‘need’ for universities’ to actively engage with their locality; to be successful and resilient.

What is the role of the university in supporting the town it inhabits?  Has it got a duty to engage with the wider society in which it inhabits?  Are there innovative ways in which a university can improve the economy of the town?

These are all questions to be discussed at our forthcoming seminar involving artists and academics whose work has involved them in examining the role of the higher education and its link to the local economy. 

Join us for the last in our current series of public seminars; this informal evening event is designed to explore the concept of a ‘civic university’ through a series of presentations by leading practitioners.

Speakers:

Andrew Merritt and Paul Smyth, Design Collective - Something & Son

As part of their Market Town commission design collective Something & Son have explored the relationship between the civic and the university in their project Market Lectures, where Loughborough’s town market and University traded places.
Their commission has resulted in a specially designed structure that functions both as a market stall and lecture theatre. The structure became the centre piece for a series of public events - a University Market where the town’s market traded on campus for one day, and a series of Market Lectures where students and academics traded places and hosted a series of public academic sessions in the town’s market place. For more information about Something & Son: http://somethingandson.com/
 
Dr Clare Melhuish, Senior Research Associate & Co-Director, UCL Urban Laboratory

Since her appointment in 2013 Clare has initiated research University-led Regeneration, a set of comparative case studies, featuring a range of cross-disciplinary urban research methods, designed to inform the development of UCL's own spatial development project in east London and discussions about the university's own role within inclusive urban development in London. This research has made a significant contribution to the university's cross-disciplinary scholarship on urban regeneration, and public and academic debates more widely.

This initial set of five case studies from the research project, which analyse the processes and impacts of urban regeneration initiatives led by universities in the UK and US, was originally published in September 2015, and forms the basis for an ongoing process of dissemination and research development based in the UCL Urban Laboratory. They are open access - freely available to download and share online - so that they can inform a wider discussion about the role of universities in urban change – available here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/news/university-regeneration-case-studies

Professor Darren Smith

As a Social Population Geographer, Darren is fascinated by the ways in which places and neighbourhoods are transformed by contemporary processes of migration and population change, and how new social relations and conflicts are created.   Examining these connections, his research is focussed on social and population change in a range of urban, rural, and coastal places to advance theoretical, conceptual and empirical understandings of the formation of more exclusive, segregated, marginalised, and transient societies. 

Since the late 1990s, Darren’s research has investigated the links between higher education, student populations, and urban change, coining the term ‘studentification’, to conceptualise these processes of change within university towns and cities.  For more information: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/geography/staff/academic/smith-d.html

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-civic-university-tickets-25739017093

Image Courtesy - The People's History Museum Salford.jpg

May 2017

For & Against! The Art of the Pamphlet - Exhibition

May 2017

For & Against! The Art of the Pamphlet - Exhibition

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The political tradition of the pamphlet goes back centuries. The radical, simple format and DIY approach of the pamphlet, has been of long-standing significance for artists, providing alternative platforms for intervention and provocation.

Focusing on the pamphlet as a form of material culture, this exhibition curated by Gillian Whiteley will explore the local, private and public collections of pamphlets, their visual rhetoric, materiality, reproducibility and the ways in which they lend themselves to topicality.

Join us for the Exhibition Opening with a special performance / reading by artist Patrick Goddard: Friday 26 May, 6 – 7.30pm 

27 May – 24 June: Open daily (Tues – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm)

To see the full programme for all events, please click here.

(Image courtesy: The People's History Museum, Salford)

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May 2017

Pamphlet Day - For & Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet

May 2017

Pamphlet Day - For & Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet

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For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet is a two-day research and public ‘festival’ event responding to research into the political pamphlet and exploring the relevance of the pamphlet for contemporary art practice. 

DAY 2 - Pamphlet Day
Saturday 27 May
Loughborough locations - Charnwood Museum, Loughborough Library and Queens Park

This day-long event takes place across sites in Loughborough. It will involve live performative elements by artists commissioned by Radar and a ‘market’ of stalls where public participation in the making of new pamphlets, zines and protest paraphernalia is actively encouraged. Join us!

FREE, no need to book a place, just turn up!

What's on during Pamphlet Day at a glance:

- The Fertile Ground, exploring choreography, speech and music, plus short walk through Loughborough town

- "Yesterday's Future: And The Reality Of Who We Actually Grew Up To Be" sound installation in Queen's Park bandstand, derived from interviews with Loughborough’s senior citizens

- GBP Camouflage, experimenting with colours and dimensions of British banknotes and military camouflage

- Protest Zine-Making Event, providing drop-in workshops to make your own limited edition publications

- Off Message, printing and editing wearable slogans with stencils and screenprinting

- Miss B's Pop-Up Political Hair Salon, offering professional haircuts whilst you delve into an artist's pamphlet collection (supports the Baca charity)

- Freee in the Park, a social kiosk in Queen's Park offering discussions and badge making

- Stalls: Tales of the Luddites (short stories), Size Acceptance - Towards Inclusivity – A Creative Exploration (exploring body size and weight stigma), What Is To Be Done? (ideas from the Loughborough public), Extra-Ordinary News (create your own stories), Kühle Wampe (blend of traditional market trade with political rally), Leicester Riot Grrls (presenting a Riot Zine), Collaboration: Cooperation As An Act Of Protest (zine-making), and The Urban Pamphleteer (pamphlet inspired discussions).

To see the full programme for all events, please click here.

To see the associated event on Friday 26 May, please click here.

(Image courtesy: Chiara Dellerba)

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