new exhibitions

64 Bute St, Luton LU1 2EY

Thur-Sat 1-6 & by appt. Gallery reopens Jan 6

Luton Town Centre


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Oct 21 - Nov 22, 2020
As we emerge from lockdown Departure Lounge has invited multi-media artist Thomas Mailaender to curate a collection of images made, collected or found by people during the long months of isolation. Known for appropriating images from the internet and his own huge archive of curious, creative conjunctions, Thomas Mailaender’s work teems with humour and originality.
As part of this process, and inspired by the Coronavirus lockdown, Departure Lounge’s local and international audience are invited to contribute their impressions of isolation, or images of what they have done during the lockdown, and the creative play that can emerge from boredom and enforced inactivity.
What have you been doing during this unprecedented period of inactivity, and what have you collected, photographed or found as you’ve trawled the internet, sorted through old files, cleared the garage, or developed a new drainage scheme for your garden. Please send us your pictures – the most interesting of which will be integrated into Thomas’ Installation in Departure Lounge’s windows, or website while the gallery remains closed to the public

May 5 - 12, 2021 FINAL WEEK
‘Luton: Brimming with History’ is a collaborative student exhibition taking place in the Hat District in Luton during April and May 2021. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the work has been installed in the windows of Departure Lounge Gallery and The Hat Factory, so the work can be viewed from Bute Street.
Working in teams, new artists and photographers from the University of Bedfordshire School of Art and Design, have been exploring the heritage of the city's hat industry. Many of the students were born or live in Luton, so it has been fascinating for them to explore this history. Through physical and digital manipulations of materials and imagery, the collaborative projects blend historical research within the mediums of printmaking, textiles, painting, photography and sculpture.


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