AWEARNESS Luton is inviting Lutonians to contribute towards a project about life in Luton.
Artist Susan A. Barnett, and the international photographic group the AWEARNESS project, are creating a photographic collection that records the ever-changing messages found on the back of t-shirts. These non-traditional portraits reveal the wearer’s hopes, beliefs, affiliations and personal mantras. Fascinated by the remarkable harmony between the town’s different communities, the AWEARNESS project is inviting Lutonians to design their own series of t-shirts and be photographed wearing them.
Submissions are open to all; any message, or image that conveys a thought, feeling, expression or statement about the town are accepted. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, fulfil answers and express personal opinions.
Participants may want to answer a question? What do you think of Luton? What is the message about Luton you’d want to share with the world? What’s an honest expression about Luton? Why are you here in Luton?
Or share an ironic, funny, hopeful or even negative message? Luton is life. Luton > Watford. I wish I wasn’t here.
A selection of the final submissions from AWEARNESS Luton will be printed onto t-shirts and displayed in the Storefront on Bute Street. Applicants are also invited to take on a wider role in ‘As You Change, So Do I’, they will be invited to wear their t-shirt and be photographed by Barnett. This series of photographs will then form part of the programme for the Culture Wall. These images will be projected onto the wall in the Luton Cultural Quarter for the public to view.
How to get involved
Completed forms must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, posted to AWEARNESS Luton, The Hat Factory, 65–67 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2EY or handed in to Box Office at The Hat Factory.
Contact details must be included if applicants wish to be involved in the photography series.
Submissions for the launch weekend must be submitted by Tuesday 20 September. Submissions for the second weekend (5–6 November 2016) must be submitted by Friday 21 October 2016.
Participants and their t-shirts will be photographed on the launch weekend, at The Storefront, 64 Bute Street, Luton:
- Thursday 29 September, 6pm–9pm
- Friday 30 September, 1pm–6pm
- Saturday 1 October, 1pm–6pm
There will be a second and final opportunity to be photographed at The Storefront, 64 Bute Street, Luton on :
- Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November, 1pm–6pm