Graphic novel for Luton is a collaborative project, based on real-life experiences of people who live in Luton. Artist Nicole Mollett invited local writers to collaborate with her to make a collection of hand drawn stories about Luton. The project engaged communities, celebrated diversity, and encouraged intercultural connection, cohesion and empathy, through the accessible medium that is visual story-telling. There was a series of public workshops runin collaboration with the Colour the Town Luton-based collective.
This multi-perspective graphic novel offers a window into everyday lives for wider audiences, giving a platform for expression of identity, aspiration and hope for the future of Luton. The project broke down barriers between different communities, by creating a safe context in which to discuss shared interests and ambitions for their home town. The artwork is funded by Arts Council England and Luton Arts Fund. Graphic Novel for Luton featured on national BBC news programme and inside local press. The exhibition is ongoing and there is a digital schools engagement programme being led by the Luton Cultural Education partnership.
The exhibition is a window display, and is open during normal shop opening hours (Week days 9-6pm, please check The Mall website for any Covid restrictions).
Exhibition venue details;
Unit 5/6 Gallery Level, The Mall, LUTON, LU1 2TW
There was a launch event on the 7th March, several of the writers performed to the audience spoken word and reading from the publication. Here are a few examples, there are more on youtube, if you click on N Molletts profile.