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.