Mary Hearne, Jakub Rokita, Sew N Sew —Bus Lane Archaeology

5 October - 9 November 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday 5 October, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Closing View: Saturday 9 November, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Three Luton artists are collaborating in an evolving exhibition which focuses on the constraints, and also the opportunities, that are part of the day-to-day lives of disabled people navigating the urban landscape. Bus Lane Archaoelogy, which opens at Departure Lounge on Saturday 5 October, is organised in collaboration with independent curator Caroline Wallace. 

Artists Sew N Sew, Mary Hearne and Jakub Rokita will use found objects to create extraordinary new work examining themes of identity in a sometimes serious, sometimes deeply ironic way. The exhibition is inspired by the daily experiences of Sew N Sew, who uses the objects she collects along the Luton Busway – a primary route of access to the town centre on a mobility scooter – as source material for urban archaeology.

The centrepiece of the exhibition will be a captivating and ever-expanding group of soft doll-like figurines by Sew N Sew. This series, entitled Indenti-kit 4 Collective Action, uses found objects, photos, text and textiles to create highly individual identities for Luton’s residents and visitors. This installation will evolve and change as the exhibition progresses and new Indenti-kit dolls are produced, inspired by conversations and experiences Sew N Sew will collect during gallery opening hours and as part of a pop-up event at Luton Bus station.

Location: 64 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2EY

Bus Lane Archaeology is organised by Departure Lounge in collaboration with Caroline Wallace. The project is supported by The Culture Trust, The University of Bedfordshire, The Mall, The Luton Business Improvement District and Arts Council England through the Luton Arts Fund.

Bus Lane Archaeology | Press Release

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
13.00 - 18.00


64 Bute Street,
Luton, LU1 2EY

In partnership with The Culture Trust Luton

In order to ensure the safety of our staff and audience members, we kindly ask all visitors to:
  • Wear a face covering
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the gallery space

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Departure Lounge Contemporary Art
Community Interest Company
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