Our spaces

The Storefront, Bute Street, Hat District, Luton


2 August - 14 September 2019

Opening Reception: 1 August 2019, 6.00pm - 8.00pm


Ursula Arnold (DE), Sibylle Bergemann (DE), Julie Cook (UK), Arno Fischer (DE), Nigel Grimmer (UK), Annelies Oberdanner (AT), Maria Sewcz (DE), Erasmus & Annette Schroeter (DE), James Smith (UK)

What is a portrait? What is landscape art? What questions do artists pose about how we construct and inhabit the world, how we imagine ourselves and our place within it?

These questions are the backbone to much of the visual arts programme organised by Departure Lounge in Luton since 2010. Back Catalogue, is an opportunity to revisit the some of the artists and ideas which have featured in our programme over nearly ten years. The exhibition brings together an international array of artists, and offers audiences the opportunity to examine how photography has changed over nearly 70 years.

Further details are available here.

We know how to bring creative people and businesses together so they can grow and thrive.

Our plan over the next three years is to develop the Hat District community across three historic buildings and a new build: Hat Works, Hat Factory, Hat House and Hat Studios.  

We’re inviting entrepreneurs and emerging talent as well as established creative businesses, who share our strong social values, to join us.

We are progressive, diverse and refreshingly authentic.


As an established arts and culture charity, we have a strong network of creative practitioners and education providers ready to nurture talent and support business growth.

We reinvest our income in our facilities, new technology, marketing support and diverse arts and cultural activities. We also have a strong sense of heritage and place-making. We want to protect our historic hat factories!

Luton Culture runs a vibrant arts and cultural programme across the town.

Visit www.lutonculture.com to find out more.


Situated in the heart of the cultural quarter, our spaces are all a short walk from Luton’s mainline train station and offer access to London in 22 minutes as well as the North and the Midlands.

Hat District benefits from a large car park nearby, e-car charging stations, bike racks, bus station and good road access to the M1 and A6.


The Hat District offers a perfect environment and location for entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses in the creative industries.

Work in these creative industries? Find out how our #HatDistrict spaces can work for you

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Drop us an email: hatdistrict@lutonculture.com

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01582 547470

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