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Market Town

Market Town was a programme of commissions and critical debate that focussed 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 was the ideal place to develop a series of commissions that would act as a form of action research. These commissions investigated the potential of artists, architects, designers and other creative professionals to develop work that reimagined 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. The overall aim was to use Loughborough as a case study to examine how we can redefine the role of the town centre to help ensure its long term future.

Through a parallel programme of workshops and talks, which began with a Think Tank event in January 2015, this project was committed to activating debate on key issues facing the town.  


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Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

luarts@lboro.ac.uk

01509 222 881

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