Tom Hackett — A Barbecue of Regrets

22 September 2018 - 17 November 2018

Tom Hackett’s project A Barbecue of Regrets began as a unique, participatory art project, which invited the people of Luton to share their regrets. Lutonians and other art lovers were invited to watch them literally go up in smoke at a public barbecue on Saturday 22 September. Hackett collected the regrets during May 2018 during conversations Hackett had while pushing his wheelbarrow around Luton collecting the town’s concerns, disappointments and missed opportunities. The collected regrets inspired new artwork comprising soft-sculpture and a sound installationconstructed from dome barbecues.

Saturday 6 October 2018
Artist Talk: Tom Hackett
Nottingham based artist, raconteur and self-styled “artist-confessor” Tom Hackett will be in conversation with curator Matthew Shaul. Find out about the development of his current exhibition A Barbecue of Regrets and the development of Tom Hackett’s work to-date.

Saturday 10 October 2018
A Song For Luton
Tom Hackett will return to Luton (with Julian Woodcock) for the inaugural performance of A Song for Luton. Two men, two megaphones and a handful of song titles.

A Barbecue of Regrets is funded by Arts Council England. It is organised by Departure Lounge in collaboration with Luton Culture and is part of As You Change, So Do I a three-year programme of public art events funded by Arts Council England’s Luton Investment Programme.

Barbecue of Regrets | 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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