TEA WITH ALICE - EXHIBITION AND BOOK

RawArt and CorporArt are two groups developed by Charnwood Arts to engage with people who might not otherwise have access to arts based experiences and activities and who have had or have some form of illness or difficulty related to their mental health and/or social isolation.

 

HERBERT SCHOFIELD AND LOUGHBOROUGH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE'S INSTRUCTIONAL FACTORY

Loughborough Technical Institute was established by the County Education Committee in 1909 to provide day and evening classes in science, technology and art for local workers.

 

Headed by its principal - Mr S C Laws - and two full-time members of staff, the college was housed in the small block of rooms on the corner of Ashby Road and Greenclose Lane which had previously been a library and administrative offices for Loughborough Corporation.

 

THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS

A Psychedelic Garage Punk band based in Charnwood.

 

Photos from Duffy's Bar in Leicester - listen to their music on Souncloud below. 

 

"Sway-survivor and Decadent-side-shoot merged to tempo-punk-pop-splurge"  

 

… If you know what that means you should defo be at one of their gigs!

LOCATIONS IN LOUGHBOROUGH DRAWN FOR PEOPLE MAKING PLACES

Despite the loss of many interesting and significant buildings in the town, particularly post 1960 there are still many interesting spots to visit. Paul's drawings pick out a number of these from real ale pubs to elaborate school buildings, Taylor's Bell Foundry to Towle's old factory building on Nottingham Road and All Saints with Holy Trinity Church and the Loughborough Carillon. Altogether there are 28 drawings in the collection and all can be purchased as prints at A3 and A2 size from Charnwood Arts. 

BARE BONES BORDER MORRIS

Bare Bones Border Morris started in 1985 following a meeting of a group of friends in the pub who thought it seemed like a good idea!  After an initial practice period the side first danced out in public in summer 1986 and was still going strong in 2018! 

 

Many people have come and gone over the years but there are still a few original members.  The repertoire of dances has increased as members of the group have devised new ones but the kit they wear is still essentially the same as that originally worn, colours in Green, Red, Black and Yellow.  

 

QUESTIONS OF FAITH

This exhibition, commissioned by the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Mike Jones, in 2006  arose from an ongoing dialogue which is now over 50 years of multi-faith work in Charnwood borough. This area has a long tradition of taking a lead in what is rapidly becoming a more urgent series of debates around the country. What do we mean by faith? What does it mean to us personally when all the trappings of our cultural differences are stripped away? How can we get to the essential meanings which may unite us as human beings?

DANGEROUS DOGS

Widely known in Loughborough and the surrounding area they have also been known to turn up at kennels further afield...in fact anywhere as long as there's a bar!

 

Dangerous Dogs played a wide range of stuff from old country blues from the 30s, to 'stuff wot we just wrote'. On the way they dabbled with a little Chuck Berry, a pinch of Fats Waller, a spoonful of Willie Dixon, a jar of Jimmy Reed, and a sprinkle of the wonderful Wiyos (check ‘em out!).

 

COTTON"S OF LOUGHBOROUGH

As one of our first projects for this second incarnation of People Making Places, Charnwood Arts worked with octogenarian Dennis Powdrill to help him produce a book about the firm where he had spent the bulk of his working life.

 

Dennis was no stranger to People Making Places as he contributed photographs and video work to the first major website we created between 2000 and 2003. This book (also available in print) concerns the origination, growth and decline of a major industrial innovation from its invention in Loughborough to worldwide impact.

 

JANAM PERFORM 'MACHINE' ' at Fearon Hall

Charnwood Arts were privileged to host a performance and talk from pioneering street group Jana Natya Manch (Janam) from India at Fearon Hall in Loughborough in 2013.

 

Jana Natya Manch (People's Theatre Front; Janam for short, meaning "Birth") is a New Delhi-based amateur theatre company specializing in left-wing street theatre in Hindi. It was founded in 1973 by a group of Delhi's radical theatre amateurs, who sought to take theatre to the people. Theatre personality Safdar Hashmi is the best-known figure associated with the troupe. 

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - 2014

100 years since the beginning of The Great War and thousands of people turn out in Queen’s Park, Loughborough to pay their respects to the fallen of the town.
The Remembrance Service was held at the Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park, led by the Rev David Featonby and the Rev David Owen. The 2014 Remembrance event was attended by many former service personnel as well as current representatives of 25 uniformed organisations. The MP for Loughborough and north Charnwood, Nicky Morgan, the new UK Secretary of State for Education was also in attendance.

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