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Published: 03 June 2014

Members of a local gliding club have been unveiled as the first group to showcase their work at London Luton Airport’s Gateway Gallery following an overwhelming response from budding local artists to an annual competition, run in partnership with Luton Culture.

Adrian Hobbs, Stephen Lynn, Paul Rackham and Pete Stammell, who are members of the London Gilding Club, based in Dunstable, will display a series of photographs entitled ‘The Art of Powerless Flight’ from June this year. The photographs were taken over four years and capture the best of the Three Counties and further afield from a truly remarkable perspective.

Of their work, Adrian Hobbs said: “There’s always seemed to me to be an intrinsic aesthetic quality to any device or machine that is designed to cope with the forces of nature when going about its purpose. Gliders may occasionally be spotted high in the air, often too high for full appreciation of their aesthetic value, but anyone visiting a gliding club will immediately be taken by the appearance of one.  However, they haven’t been designed to look magnificent; they are so because years of research into aerodynamics have resulted in a better understanding of the most efficient way of using natural forces to achieve the highest possible performance in powerless flight.”

With an average of 28,000 passengers travelling through the Airport every day, the Gateway Gallery competition provides local artists from the Three Counties with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their artwork, as well as giving Airport passengers greater access to local artistic talent. Now in its seventh year, it’s estimated that 63 million passengers and Airport employees have enjoyed various exhibitions at the Gateway Gallery to date.

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Notes to Editors

London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 9.6 million passengers in 2013. The Airport directly and indirectly employs over 500 and 8,000 staff respectively, is a key economic driver for the region.   

easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomson, EL AL, Blue Air and TAROM operate from the airport, departing to over 100 destinations including services to Europe, Africa, and Asia, with onward connections to Mumbai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Beijing and Bangkok via Tel Aviv.

Luton Culture is an independent charity that opens up cultural opportunities in Luton. The organisation runs the arts, libraries and museums in Luton, alongside a range of community based services. To find out more, please visit

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