Bio Reading Storefront Luton 7th April 2018
Storefront 7th April 2018
Well what a day! I set up the show, observed Bio - Organism, took readings of the environment through sound recordings, sketches, colour pallet, photographic documentation, rubbings and generally taking in the sense of the place.
The Storefront was an ideal starting point for my project, in my home town Luton. Great space and perfect for the introduction to this current work. While the Storefront gallery wasn’t technically on the list of choices for the public survey , it was an alternative to and opposite the “The Hat Factory”. Unfortunately the Hat Factory is closed due to renovations being made to the structure and function of the building which opens again in Spring 2019. Opened in April 2004, the Hat Factory, an arts facility in the centre of Luton., contains a theatre for music, comedy, dance and film and it’s close to the railway station.
How marvellous to see the investment for the creatives within Luton. What forward thinking is taking place with the collaborations between organisations that want to promote ,develop and extend Luton as a culturally exciting and engaging town to visit. The Storefront, part of the ’As you Change So Do I’ program here in Luton is funded by the Arts Council, Luton Council, run by Luton Culture. This kind of investment and cultural enrichment can help impact upon the town’s image, uplifting peoples’ impressions of Luton and encouraging business to relocate here.
As I sit in the space and observe the passers by through the large glass windows, it’s great to observe the diversity of this town, and uniqueness of the characters that pass through from the station to The Mall Shopping Centre. Several Visitors who ask about my work, become interested in Darwins work ‘Power of Movements in Plants’. This project has been influenced greatly from Darwin’s own home “Downs House’ an English Heritage site. On Thursday I will visit Wrest Park, another English Heritage site to take more bio-readings. It’s great to be here with such a vibe of opportunity and rugged determination that I often see with the inhabitants of Luton, something similar to my own characteristics, having been born and raised in Slip End, Luton.
The Bio Readings ended late into the night with a great photo opportunity that showed off my work in the light Storefront. Now, on to the next reading, which happens on Monday at the Stockwood Park Discovery Centre.