The Heritage of Bute Mills

2016 Heritage Lottery funded research project developed with a group of young people and culminating presentation evening March 2017.

Photos courtesy of Tom Green

As part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project, TMT commissioned a short film and permanent ceramic work for Youthscape, exploring and celebrating the heritage of their location at Bute Mills, Bute Street. A public showcase in March 2017, marked the culmination of the research project, which was developed in collaboration with a group of young people from Youthscape.

During the project the young people uncovered the history of Bute Mills and the surrounding area, through visiting Luton town hall, meeting local historians and interviewing people who used to work within the building during its unique industrial history.

The research inspired a new permanent ceramic commission by ceramic artist Matthew Raw as well as a short film made in collaboration with filmmaker James Paisley, scripted and shot by the young people themselves. The research gathered by the young people was also compiled into a run of Heritage leaflets, designed by local graphic designer Grant O'sullivan and Riso printed with Guildford Street Press.

The presentation marked an opportunity to share the important history of the building with contributions from the young people themselves, the premiering of the short film and an invitation to a broader public to uncover the new ceramic tile commissions. 

Scott King's book Launch

Join us for the launch of Scott King’s new book 'Public Art' published by Slimvolume
An evening of performances in Luton Town Centre featuring Luke Haines. With contributions from artists Paul Haworth, Georgia Lucas- Going, Lindsey Mendick, Emily Pope, Tommy Sissons and Gary Stevens

@ George II, 70 Bute Street, Luton LU1 2EY, from 6.00pm

More on King’s new publication:
‘Exploring the relationship between public art and its role within urban regeneration, this new title by graphic designer and artist Scott King brings together a series of works inspired by government ideologies in post-industrial Britain. Works include 'Long Live Death', in which the artist places Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North atop Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London, 'A Balloon for Britain', a series of photographs in which King imagines the current Conservative government offering him millions of pounds to devise a scheme that would regenerate Britain’s ten poorest towns and cities, as well as 'Infinite Monument', an ongoing sculpture based on Superstudio’s seminal 'Il Monumento Continuo' from 1969, a gridded superstructure that covers the surface of the entire planet.’

Further information can be found here:

Photos courtesy of Alex Berry

GobCentre Plus

Wednesday 30th March - Saturday 2nd April

The Hat Factory, SNAP Studios

65 - 67 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2EY

Kerry Campbell and Emily Pope are collaborating to take the ‘JobCentre’ aesthetic as a point of departure, with which to reimagine and re-articulate the role of governmental employment platforms, questioning their relevance as a tool today, with particular consideration of the creative industries.  

‘Gobcentre Plus’ will collapse the associated conditioning tendencies of the ‘JobCentre’ model into a discursive, multi-functional environment - a collaborative, studio come discussion platform. Gobcentre Plus neither aims to sweepingly criticise the existing system, nor to offer a utopian alternative to the unemployment crisis (both local and global), but offers an immersive platform, populated with in-situ artists, writers, students and curators to facilitate a dialogue around paid work and sustaining an art practice; considering situations of employment and unemployment. 

Campbell and Pope have designed an environment in which to commence work. Audio and sculptural elements, alongside workshops, will encourage discussion with visitors to the space. The output of these open-ended discussions as well as in-situ, practical work will be documented online in real time as series of videos and podcasts, creating a free public resource. The week long project is fluid and shaped by its on-going discourse, aiming to facilitate a fertile ground for discussion, focussing on the conditions of precarious work and financial instability.

Part of Sunridge Avenue Projects 

Blue Plaques

Ongoing Blue plaque project, celebrating the enduring efforts and achievements of individuals within the local community 

A people's project.

TMT has commissioned anarchist Ceramicist Carrie Reichardt to fabricate the plaques for Luton.

Supported by Arts Council England


Presenting work by Doyle & Mallinson

Extending a commitment to the use of existing spaces. ‘Reflex’ will be situated and building within an empty retail unit in the heart of Luton town’s shopping Centre. The exhibition is the second stage of an 8 months Arts Council funded project, which supports both local artists and artists from further afield, exploring the town’s existing creative community and encouraging a wider recognition of Luton’s contribution to Contemporary Art. Building on the momentum and success of the recent ‘Generation game’ exhibition, this exciting 2 day takeover will present the work of Shaun Doyle & Mally Mallinson.

Drawing on a diverse and multi-faceted pool of references from religion, form & function, to cultural re-appropriation. Doyle and Mally’s often politically charged work oscillates between antagonistic and satirical - quite serious manifestos are softened by lighter imagery and vice versa. Extended exploration into commerce, consumer culture, communities, pride and arguably lefty aggression make not only Luton, but moreover the shopping centre as an interesting and relevant point of consideration.

Through ‘Reflex’, TMT is proud to host a rich selection of Doyle and Mallinson’s work, with large sculptures from modified skeletons to Wendy Homes, offset against a backdrop of collages. Skeletal sculptures, drag Tesco shopping bags with their extended arms, exploring an ‘imaginery branch of human evolution ~ [which] exists in a post apocalyptic world where family groups survive on so called value food and ready meals’. The collages and prints ‘arevehicles for juvenile insults that are the clearest statements of our kynical / cynical humour.  The results of a deliberate regression, they are tabloid / plebian expressions of our suspicion of fashion, material gain and social power play.’

Long standing collaborators Doyle & Mallinson have exhibited in major institutions both in the UK and internationally including; Whitechapel Gallery, ‘London Open 2012’ and Tate Britain, ‘Rude Britannia’, (2010). Solo shows include ‘The Dog’s Dinner’, Galerie Nostheide-Eycke, Germany (2013), ‘NL Ecce Homo Erectus’ Venlo Stadhuis,  (2008) and ‘Peristroma Dolorosa’, MOT International London (2005). Shortlisted in ‘Artangel 100’ last year and featured on ‘The Culture Show’ (2010) for their ‘Fascist Fruit Boys’ in Tate Britain’s ‘Rude Britannia’.


Photos courtesy of Tim Bowditch

The Generation Game

The Generation Game is an exploration into art and the digital realm, the latter as both material and/or a platform for self-promotion and pseudo social engagement. In the face of local racial derision, polarising activism, economic strife and rocketing youth unemployment TMT recognises both the digital realm and visual art as useful markers of identity, mediums of expression and moreover coping mechanisms of a generation. In the post-internet age, the digital realm and art production are arenas which are inevitably not mutually exclusive.

The Generation Game will host a breadth of tenacious, energetic and critically considered artists. TMT recognises the struggles of a generation of artists who are prevailing despite sweeping work/ life precarity and financial instability. Furthermore with the steep rise in further education fees, these artists are markers of a generation which commands adaptability, self-promotion and astute entrepreneurialism just to survive. Featuring both local, emerging artists and artists from further afield, ‘The Generation Game’ is a battlefield of both solo works and interim collaborations.

Continuing the ‘TMT’ ethos to make use of existing spaces, The Generation Game will exist within the ‘Hat Factory’. Use of this former industrial property, is a nod to the town’s heritage. The Crass 90’s promotional aesthetic provides a visual backdrop and an air of romanticism for an era which saw the birth of not only a digital revolution – but a generation expected to hit the ground running.

Larry Achiampong
David Blandy
Tom Esam
Nicole Foyle
Georgia Lucas Going
Paul Harrison
Ashley Holmes
Mathew Parkin
Derek Stewart
Josh Whitaker

Floor 2, The Hat Factory, Luton, 65-67 Bute Street, LU1 2EY
Limited edition screen prints by Tom Camp available at the opening.


The Common

06.09.14- 14.09.14

@ The Freeholder Pub, 45 York Street, Luton, LU2 0DQ

The Midas Touch’ (TMT) guise provides a unique, platform for opportunities through engaging, multi-media events which foster local pride. Providing promotional opportunities and practical experience of curatorial and display techniques for artists. TMT strives to support local creative individuals and build a reputation for showcasing outstanding local contemporary art practice within humble, community environments. With consideration of the turbulent and somewhat fragmented local reputation; these immersive events adopt an approach that is both sensitive and celebratory towards a local understanding of the town.

The Common’ exhibition will take place at ‘The Freeholder’ pub, this ‘Grade 2’ listed building is on the corner of both York Street and High Town Road and is recorded as serving Beer to the locals as early as 1854. Through continuing to manifest itself within a handful of Luton’s most understated businesses TMT pop-up curatorial endeavors aim to reference the community’s heritage, support and celebrate these relatively overlooked representations of working class experience and pride.

TMT recognises a Luton life, a life that is occasionally desperate and fraught with uncertainty and yet the town is a breeding ground for burning passion’s and despite everything, there is always an undercurrent of hope. There is a perseverance and local passion here that exceeds the mar of negative associations, personal financial restraints and the geographical boundaries of the town. TMT will continue to drive outstanding local art projects, acting as a vessel for the creative individual’s whose ambitions surpass their immediate environment.

For the small and the brave.

Supported by 'Your Say Your Way' Funding.