My name is Shelly Ward-Lindsay and I’m an artist living, working and studying in Luton.
This artwork was originally created as part of a psychogeography project. As I walked around Luton I made a note of the smells, sights, sounds and my interactions with the people I met along the way. I was very new to Luton at the time having just moved here from London and I can say that although at first, I felt a little lost I was soon embraced by the wonderful people of Luton.
Through a combination of quick ink sketches and photos I had taken whilst walking I created a series of images that most people from Luton would recognise. Everything I recorded I then translated into a poem. My intention was to tell a story about Luton from the gritty reality to our beautiful open spaces. I wanted people to realise that there is much more to Luton than meets the eye.
Over the last three years I have seen some amazing changes happening in Luton, especially the vibrant creative scene that’s emerging within Luton’s Hat District. As a contemporary artist I feel very excited about the opportunities Luton has to offer and look forward to the future and the positive impact this will have on everyone who calls Luton home.
Our Luton, a poem written by Shelly Ward-Lindsay – Artist