Programme

Past events

Cities Tango : Leicester+Dubai

LCB Depot, Leicester (in cafe-bar window facing Rutland Street & inside cafe-bar), and in the UK pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

In this installation, artificial intelligence is used to reveal another place to the audience, creating an indelible link between Leicester and Dubai.
Cities Tango : Leicester+Dubai displays images of and from each location. Images are dynamically revealed within an otherwise abstract structure. A set of local photographs are interlaced with colour stripes and shown in the other city. Each city, and the people in them, interact with one another across time zones. The colours, stripes and timings used are driven by movements at each location. Immediate responses to rapid movement are seen by the audience in each location. In each place there is a screen which is interactive, using a computer and camera, showing an ever-changing blend of colour bands and images from the other city (connected over the Internet). A second, urban, screen in each city shows that location’s Cities Tango images.

What is seen depends on the movement of people in front of the display and on what is happening in the twin city. In each location the work reacts to detected motion. At the same time, analysed image information is sent over the internet to the other location to further influence the work’s behaviour. Cities Tango also evolves over time as a result of the detected movement of people. It uses AI in two respects. Pattern recognition drives its direct responses to movement and a rule-based system drives the evolution of the colours and behaviour. The evolution develops as a result of the history of the movement of the audiences in both cities. Dubai influences Leicester and Leicester influences Dubai in a tango danced between the two cities.

Part of Leicester’s Art AI Festival 2021

NVIDIA Omniverse : an open platform

Online

A free virtual talk featuring one of the latest and most exciting technology platforms for visualising 3D creative processes and accurately simulating product and human behaviour in real-time. NVIDIA Omniverse has gained considerable attention since its earlier-than-planned-launch in May 2020, not just because of the pandemic but because of its collaborative workflow potentials, made possible through its use of open standards.

This event will be chaired by Tracy Harwood, Professor of Digital Culture at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, and features George Matos, senior product manager of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector for the NVIDIA Omniverse platform.

The event will be live-streamed 4-5pm on Thursday 28 October, with an opportunity for audience Q&A; and will then be available to watch on YouTube – see link below.

The ‘New’ Digital Design Workplace : How have you continued to collaborate while being remote?

How has the design workforce’s productivity and collaboration been impacted by the pandemic?

The Create Leicester team interviewed their community supporters on their thoughts on how the digital design workplace has evolved during the pandemic and their predictions for the future.

 

Co-Location: Dubai Expo & Leicester - online talk

Online via Zoom/livestream on the night, on YouTube after 13 October

Two of the Art AI Festival exhibiting artists, Ernest Edmonds and Fabrizio Poltronieri, discuss their co-located artworks being shown simultaneously at the Dubai Expo and venues in Leicester.

Watch the talk on YouTube (1 hr 5 m)

Part of Leicester’s Art AI Festival May 2021 to March 2022

Design Season pop-up - Design Nation : 'MOVING FORWARD' designer-maker displays and demonstrations

14 Belvoir Street, Leicester LE1 6QH (next to Belvoir Art Gallery) Interested makers, general public

This year Design Season has asked the city’s designers and design networks to takeover 4 spaces across the city and create 4 pop up exhibition, workshop and demonstration spaces across the city. Supported by Leicester’s High Street Heritage Action Zone. We invite visitors and residents in to learn skills, view exhibits and experience demonstrations from some of the city’s creative design talent.

Design-Nation is the leading portfolio for designer-makers, artists and craftspeople based in the UK. A selection of makers from Design Nation’s Leicestershire Hub have come together to bring you an exciting pop up exhibition showcasing their latest creations.

The exhibition features pieces made using a variety of different materials and techniques including ceramics, felt making, metal work, weaving and paper sculpture. As part of the event the makers will be giving live talks and demonstrations, including felting, weaving and carving ceramics, giving a unique insight into how the wonderful works on display were created.

This pop-up exhibition/showcase is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm, and Sundays 10am-3pm, free entry, with demos on Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays during Design Season (see below)

Book your place at a Design Nation demonstration via the links below:

Designer Weaver – Sarah Johnson   Tuesdays 19 & 26 October 10am-4pm, free

Ceramics carving – Elle Maxwell of Speckled Grey Design demonstrates ceramic carving   Saturdays 23 & 30 October  10am-4pm, free

Felt Sculpture – Rachel Morley of Feltyrach demonstrates her practice of sculptural felt working   Sundays 24 & 31 October 10am-4pm, free

Window lettering in photo above : Lorna Dunn of @lesser_than_three

 

Exhibition : Nupur Arts - Gujarat to Golden Mile

Newarke Houses, The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY Curious people with an interest in heritage, Gujarat culture, designer-maker culture

From Nupur Arts – Design and Heritage exhibition at Newarke Houses social history and regimental museum. Real stories from real people of how Gujaratis settled and made their home in Leicester – told through design – traditional costumes, old toys, traditional utensils, photographs, jewellery and textiles.

Newarke Houses is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Entry is free except on event days.

This exhibition finishes on 28 November 2021.

Love Architecture : Meet The Architect

LCB Depot

A rare opportunity for people across Leicestershire and Rutland to meet our RIBA architects with a free one-to-one half-hour design consultation.
Bring any home or design query; whether you are looking for advice to create more space in your home, or are looking for ways to bring in more natural light, our architects will do their best to help you. You do not need to be planning a “Grand Designs” style house to come along to LCB Depot between 12pm and 3pm and talk to a professional, but we would recommend bringing plans (if you have them) and photographs of your existing space.

Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects Love Architecture event.

Design Season pop-up : Upcycling exhibition

ISKCON 31 Granby Street Leicester, LE1 6EJ (former HSBC Bank) Designers, upcyclers, mavericks, curious individuals, those seeking inspiration for educating, general public

Upcycling – is it design? Is it Art? Find out at our exhibition featuring work from local upcycling activist Kieran Walsh and De Montfort University School of Art, Design and Architecture and School of Fashion and Textiles at De Montfort University.

Funded by the DMU Sustainability Team, and in partnership with LCB Depot, this exhibition presents contributions by seven awardees in the ‘Upcycling Art, Craft and Design Competition’. The competition aimed to contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, and targeted DMU students, alumni, staff and their families and friends, and community people.

The exhibition contributors (competition awardees) are: Tim Neath (Gold); Katarzyna Bigaj and Nicole Lander (Silver); and Christina Wigmore, Issy Staniaszek, Jenny McIlhatton and Millie Rees (Bronze).

Open Monday to Friday noon to 5pm, free.

The ISKCON centre is a Hindu temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Design Season pop-up : Little Inventors - design displays and workshops

ISKCON centre 31 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6EJ (former HSBC Bank) General public, children families,

This year Design Season has asked the city’s designers and design networks to take over 4 spaces across the city and create 4 pop-up exhibition, workshop and demonstration spaces across the city. Supported by Leicester’s High Street Heritage Action Zone. We invite visitors and residents in to learn skills, view exhibits and experience demonstrations from some of the city’s creative design talent.

We invite you to pay a visit to the beautiful ISKCON centre on Granby Street (Monday to Friday noon to 5pm,) for two exhibitions created by new design talent, children and professional designers.

Little Inventors is an exhibition of 4 pieces of work created through collaboration between schools and professional designers. The Little Inventors film takes you through the project and process and as part of the season monster maker Tom Cleaver of Mr Cleavers Monsters will offer practical workshops which give you a flavour of his work in monster-making and puppetry.

Click the link below to book a puppet making workshop with Tom Cleaver on Wednesday 20th October 12-4pm or Saturday 23rd October 12-4pm, free.

The ISKCON centre is a Hindu temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Design Season pop-up - Interact Digital Arts - digital arts and design exhibition, performances & workshops

58 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DH (shop below former Michael Stockton Photography Studio) Digital designers, artists, general public, curious people

This year Design Season has asked the city’s designers and design networks to takeover 4 spaces across the city and create 4 pop up exhibition, workshop and demonstration spaces across the city. Supported by Leicester’s High Street Heritage Action Zone. We invite visitors and residents in to learn skills, view exhibits and experience demonstrations from some of the city’s creative design talent.

Interact Digital Arts presents a two week pop up installation at 58 Granby Street – Digital Arts or Digital Design? The former shop will feature artworks by local digital artists and art groups, as well as a programme of evening events and workshops.

Opening times

Monday 18th to Weds 20th 10:30am – 5pm
Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd 11:30am – 5pm
Saturday 23rd 12noon – 5pm

Monday 25th to Weds 27th 10:30am – 5pm
Thursday 28th & Friday 29th 11:30am – 5pm
Saturday 30th 12noon – 5pm

The pop-up gallery is also being used to launch Monobloc, a consortium of Leicester digital arts, music and digital heritage organisations who are working together to raise the profile of their work in the city. Monobloc’s longer-term goal is to establish a grass-roots digital media centre with a gallery, maker space and studios to support digital creativity in Leicester.

For full details of performances, exhibits and workshops please visit the Interact website – link below

Workshops

Interactive Light Workshop Learn how to control LED lights with the BBC Micro:bit and help to construct Sean Clark’s Colloquy artwork.  Saturday 23 October 2-4pm, free, drop-in

Electronic Music Workshop  Come and play with electronic instruments including synthesisers, drum machines and effects units. Hosted by R10 Electronic Music Studios. Saturday 30 October 2-4pm, free

Plus

Wednesday 20th October 5pm – 7pm. Zine Archive.

Friday 21st October 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Ping! Discs Showcase.

Tuesday 26th October VR Night

Wednesday 27th October
6pm – 8:30pm. “How to Destroy the Art World and Design Something Nicer” : three short talks about building communities of artists, problems, solutions and practical steps towards idealistic goals, by Phoenix Perry, Alan Lane, and Monobloc . Hosted by Sean Carroll.
7:30pm – 9pm. Monobloc Launch.

Thursday 28th October VJ Night

Friday 29th October – AT THE EXCHANGE BAR, RUTLAND STREET
Interact at the Exchange Bar. Entry by donation, you can book in advance on Eventbrite,
6pm – 8pm. Open Screen / 8pm – 10pm R10 Artists with Visuals / 10pm – 12:30am Ping! Artists with DACHHU Visuals
We are sorry that the venue is not wheelchair accessible. The event will be streamed online and we are working to find more accessible venues for future events.

Saturday 30th October
7pm – 10pm. CEREMONY ft. billion o’clock album launch. Limited tickets. Book on Eventbrite