Winning artists announced at re-launch of Airport Gallery
Published: 21 August 2012
London Luton Airport today officially re-launched its Gateway Gallery and will showcase work by local artists who have won exhibition space in the gallery following a successful local competition.
The competition, which launched in May, offered talented local artists from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire the opportunity to display inspirational artwork in the Gateway Gallery. Over 30 quality applications were received and five local artists have been selected to display their artwork over 2012 and 2013.
The Gallery, delivered in partnership with Luton Culture, is located in the main terminal building adjacent to the Onward Travel Centre. London Luton Airport is the fifth busiest Airport in the UK and expects to see almost 10 million passengers in 2012.
The five winning local artists who will display their work over the coming months are:
Anne Marie-Stijetja , Bedfordshire
Josie Shenoy, Hertfordshire
Lauren Clemmet, Bedfordshire
Lance Fennell, Buckinghamshire
Warren Kerley, Buckinghamshire
The launch was attended by the winning artists and the judges of the competition which was run in partnership with Luton Culture, the University of Bedfordshire, Arts and Business and the Bedfordshire, Buckingham and Hertfordshire Artist Networks.
The artist to display in the Gallery first is Bedfordshire based Anne Marie- Stijetja whose mosaic pieces are created from recycled stamps. Anne Marie says of her work ″I’m thrilled my work has been chosen. Including these works in the London Luton Gateway Gallery Exhibition seems an entirely appropriate fit as it can be seen as a metaphor for travel, reflecting the journeys undertaken by new arrivals arriving at the Airport from all corners of the world. For this exhibition I have selected a mix of pieces that help to reinforce the idea of place or arrival, and include portraits of the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year that can be seen as a welcome to people arriving from far off lands”.
Rupert Lawrie, Commercial Director for London Luton Airport said, “We are delighted to be working with local artists to help them display their work in our Gallery. With an average of 25,000 passengers travelling through the Airport every day, the Gateway Gallery provides local artists with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their artwork as well as giving Airport passengers greater access to local artistic talent”.
Pictured L - R: Sian Pearce, Anne Marie-Stijetja, Lauren Clemmet, Warren Kerley, Josie Shenoy, Rupert Lawrie, Dipak Mistry (Arts and Business), Caroline Wallace (Luton Culture)