Luton Culture are delivering an programme of public realm arts and animation designed to generate involvement, participation and debate. As part of this, locally-born artist and Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner will be developing a large-scale new work for the Hat Factory Arts Centre gable-end which will engage thousands of passers-by every day and provide a beacon to promote Luton.
Image: Beacon by Mark Titchner. Image credit: Aleksandra Warchol
The project includes artist residencies, outdoor projections and billboard-art to animate the streets and empty buildings. Initially focusing on the cultural quarter within Luton, the visual arts led programme will grow over the three years to impact on a wider geography. Luton Culture is working in partnership with artist Mark Titchner and curators Matthew Shaul from the Departure Lounge and Andrew Hunt to involve local people and artists in the development of a long-term approach to public realm commissioning.
Mark Titchner, lead artist for the project and creator of the Beacon, said 'I'm extremely excited to have opportunity to create a major new artwork for Luton and its people. I hope the final piece will inspire those who see it every day and become a symbol of positive aspiration for Luton, its residents and its visitors'
The complete series of commissions includes:
Lead artist Mark Titchner will develop and produce a new large-scale semi-permanent work for the gable end wall of the Hat Factory Arts Centre. This site is an important gateway to the town, seen from the train, and boldly visible to the thousands of people who walk from the bus and train stations into the town every day. The striking illuminated work will become a visible beacon and recognisable icon for Luton.
A 3-year curated programme of large-scale video, text and photographic image projections around Bute St and Guildford Street. The images will promote diversity through text, typography, literacy, script, languages, translations, street speak, dialects and mottos.
Image: Expect Even Better by Jennifer West. Image credit: Aleksandra Warchol
An empty shop will be transformed into a place where artists can experiment, engage new audiences, share work in progress and test ideas. AWEARNESS Luton by Susan A. Barnett is the first commission in The Storefront. If you have something to say about Luton then you can get involved!
Image: The 1970s Were Here, curated by J. Hackson. Image credit: Aleksandra Warchol
A 2 year programme of commissioned temporary large-scale artworks in the form of billboard posters at sites around Luton town centre. Billboards will promote the stories of Luton’s people, its diverse contemporary culture, imagery, heritage and traditions. In Year 2 there will be an international collaboration with Art Moves, the International Festival of Billboard Art based in Torun, Poland. ‘As you change, so do I’ will provide memories, careers, confidence, self-reliance, skills, friendships, partnerships, history, new funding and long-lasting platforms for artists and cultural audiences. And as Mark Titchner describes in his lead artist paper, will ‘embed a positive new artistic identity for the town within the fabric of day-to-day life.’
Image: Any Dream Will Do by Polly Apfelbaum. Image credit: Aleksandra Warchol
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