Fruit Routes walk with Anne Marie-Culhane

Fri 19 October, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Venue: Barefoot Orchard, (the weather station opposite Loughborough University Pilkington Library)


You are invited to join Anne-Marie Culhane with Bianca Elzenbaumer and Joanna Boehnert to walk around the University's Fruit Route (approx 1km) from 4.30-5.30pm. This is a chance to share thoughts on some of the themes and ideas that motivate and inspire us within the context of Fruit Routes.

Meeting at the Barefoot Orchard, (the weather station opposite Pilkington Library) at 4.30pm. All are welcome; the route has flat paths (though not tarmac) and is wheelchair accessible. This is followed by a panel discussion by the three artist/designers 'Designing Climate Futures' hosted by Radar. For those who would like to come to the panel discussion we will go on to Martin Hall after the walk, where free refreshments will be provided. See below for more information and booking link.

FRUIT ROUTES is an award-winning project to create an edible campus at Loughborough University through planting of fruit and nut trees, foraging edible plants, and co-creative an edible food culture with students, staff and local people.

ANNE MARIE-CULHANE is an artist whose work across a number of forms seeks to catalyse collective organisation to reduce the harm being inflicted on the planet, to increase understanding of our place in the world, and to bring to life positive visions now and for the future. She works closely with the University’s Sustainability team as the founder of Fruit Routes.

Designing Climate Futures is a discussion event exploring the role of design in movements for ecological justice within and beyond our warming world:


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.  


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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