Sofa and Towles in Nottingham Road Loughborough
Posted: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:59
A NEW and exciting art space is being constructed at the former historic Towles building in Loughborough – and local artists are being invited to explore the creative space.
Second year fine art student Thomas Walker is working with other university creatives to bring to life the space in the Nottingham Road building, which is occupied by charity SOFA, who put people's unwanted furniture and appliances to good use for the Charnwood community.
The top floor has been set aside for the Nine Frames Project from November 24 to December 10.
Thomas says the project is about getting the university and town to work together and transform the art experience in Loughborough.
Already planned is the construction of a number of small interactive rooms.
Thomas said: "One room will be a white wall gallery with beautiful classic paintings and a guy in a suit showing people around. Everything he says about the paintings will be really wrong.
"Another one is very awkward. You will hear this club music and everyone is dancing and when you walk in everyone stops and stares at you."
Thomas says he wants to work outside the traditional perception of art as paintings on the wall and provide Loughborough with a more interactive experience.
He said: "It's about getting the community involved in art. SOFA have been very encouraging and have given us this space and are really open to ideas.
"There is a lack of openness to art in Loughborough – the Sock Gallery is just paintings on the wall. We want to let your imagination run free with you.
"There will be a core group of art students from Loughborough University that will guide the event and will ensure the space is used to its fullest for the 16 days we have it, but I wish to have as many exterior people employ and view the experience of this space with us."
Anyone interested in playing a part in the project or submitting work can contact Thomas on 07469 880821 or firstname.lastname@example.org