Creative Markets

Thu 31 March, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: The Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough

FREE

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This workshop is for creative people interested in exploring the opportunities of Loughborough as a market place for their work, whether that’s for profit or social capital. It will include presentations about specialist and pop-up creative markets that are inspiring and locally relevant, discuss the benefits of using a market stall as a testing ground/marketing opportunity, and how markets can create a network of mutual support and build critical mass.

You can expect to hear current ideas and plans for a new Creative Market, which will take place in the town centre later in 2016, as a way of gathering and testing interest in this as a model for Loughborough. You will have the opportunity to discuss and find out more about how to take part. We will also be hearing from:

Bird in Borrowed Feathers – a team of creatives who organise exciting contemporary craft fairs in Nottingham city centre. Their events bring together a huge range of designers, makers, creatives and small businesses.

Ceramics in Charnwood – Local artists David and Louise Salsbury have developed this annual contemporary ceramics market over the last five years. Hear about how the market has grown and how it benefits its stallholders.

Loughborough to Margate – Observations on the creative ecology and ways creative professionals are collaborating, co-working and networking in the town of Margate.

This event has been curated for Market Town by The Refectory Table. Based in Loughborough, created and run by Janet Currie, The Refectory Table offers inspirational creative business courses, workshops and events for makers, artists and independent businesses.

This is one of a number of workshops/seminars organised as part of the current Market Town programme.  They are intended to further investigate the themes explored in the main commissions, and to engage the local community in the debate about the future of Loughborough.

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November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

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Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

An exhibition of artistic research conducted as part of the practice-based PhD project ‘Co-working with Things. How Furnished Spaces Contribute to the Emergence of Artworks’, supervised by Gillian Whiteley and­­­­ Eleanor Morgan, within Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama. All prints were produced within SAED Printmaking Workshop with the help and advice of printmaking tutor Pete Dobson. Exhibition curated by David Bell, with support from Radar­.  

Background:

In 1947, artist Anni Albers urged us to consider ‘materials as our co-workers’. In so doing she invited us to develop new relationships with machines, tools, materials and working spaces. This exhibition explores how the things with which artists work can be seen as co-workers. All the artworks presented are based on simple sets of rules derived from what was possible within a particular, contingent context: working at home or in the printmaking workshop. The works are ongoing, and insist on labour intensive relationships with materials, tools and machines arranged within particular furnished spaces.


The most important aspect common to the works is that they are not autonomous pieces produced by an autonomous artist: their dependence on situations, contexts, equipment, and the willingness of others to do some of the work is written within the ‘code’ that structures their ongoing development. The modular installation Vertical Studio is formless, until someone helps to make it by arranging the elements. Aquatint Etchings is a series of double-sided, multi-layered prints: exhibiting them always involves outsourcing the process of deciding which print is visible, and which is concealed. To make the Photo-Etchings, I asked friends to select from thousands of drawings. Those chosen were then turned into a multiple through the complex photo-etching process which produces uncontrollable variations.

The myth of artistic autonomy is challenged by artworks that depend on contingent contexts and can only emerge from specific arrangements of things. Focusing on the role of things within furnished spaces also reveals the importance of maintenance activities that are not usually seen as part of artistic labour. It is the work of setting up and looking after spaces such as homes, studios and workshops that makes the emergence of new artworks possible.

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Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

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