Celebrating the cultural heritage of 6 league clubs.From now until the beginning of April, we're delighted to be hosting a small exhibition put together by the Home Ground Project.
The exhibition, which will be on show in the Eric Morecambe lounge at Kenilworth Road is part of a project initiated by Devon Guild of Craftsmen, in partnership with Luton Culture, which celebrates the cultural heritage of six National League Football Clubs that originated from a local crafts trade tradition. The football clubs involved have long-established nicknames from the local craft industries that have shaped the community and locality. Macclesfield Town – “The Silkmen”, Walsall Town – “ The Saddlers”, Crystal Palace – “The Glaziers, Sheffield United –“The Blades” from the city’s worldwide reputation for steel production. Stoke City, “The Potters”, reflects one of England’s greatest industries having been the centre for ceramics production since the 17th century and of course Luton Town - The Hatters.
The exhibition ‘Home Ground’ is a showcase of work from contemporary craft practitioners who use locally distinct and sourced materials to produce work that reflects and sustains their locality and its culture. It will act as a catalyst for a participation programme with communities in and around each football club. Working with a contemporary artist using each locally distinct craft and inspired by local heritage, participants will create an authentic “souvenir” in partnership with Industry and cultural partners and organisations.
The organisers of the project are looking for Luton Town supporters, and local people generally to take part in a Hat Making Weekend on the 5th and 6th of March. You will learn how to make a straw boater, or felt hat, working with milliner Valerie Corona. There will also be a tour, looking back at Luton's hat making past. No prior experience is necessary, just lots of enthusiasm! The poster is below, and for more information call 07500 805235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to arrange to visit the exhibition in the Eric Morecambe lounge please email Ed Smith at the Club.