Departure Lounge

Luton, United Kingdom


  • 64 Bute Street
  • Luton
  • England
  • LU1 2EY
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

Thursday - Saturday, 1.00pm - 6.00pm


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Departure Lounge is a contemporary art gallery and project space founded in Luton in 2010 by current director Matthew Shaul and collaborator Trevor Horsewood. Established at the height of the financial crisis, with the aim of bringing ‘New Art To New Places’, Departure Lounge was originally set up using vacant retail premises and has played a small but significant role in maintaining footfall and economic activity in Luton’s town centre. Since September 2016 the gallery has occupied the ‘Storefront’, a former hat factory on Bute Street.

Departure Lounge develops experimental programming, signature exhibition and project opportunities with emerging and established contemporary artists based in the UK and internationally. The programme is curated and managed by director, Matthew Shaul who is best known for his work within documentary, landscape and portrait photography. Notable curatorial projects include; Käthe Buchler - ‘Beyond the Battlefields’ (2018), John Myers - ‘The World is Not Beautiful’ (2016) and ‘Do Not Refreeze’ (2007)- a major survey of documentary photography produced in the former East Germany. Performative, socially engaged and sculptural practices have played an increasingly important role in the programming since 2016, which marked the beginning of a collaboration with Luton Culture on As You Change, So Do I, a public realm arts programme under the artistic leadership of Mark Titchner.

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