Passengers experience an airport departure with a twist

East Midlands Airport has recently launched a new art gallery in the terminal building to further enhance the passengers’ travelling experience and the scheme is going from strength to strength with artists already booked in for October 2010.

The airport has been encouraging local artists to put forward artwork which is being displayed as part of the DepARTures scheme. The scheme not only provides passengers with an added cultural experience, but also offers a great opportunity for local artists and designers.

The launch of DepARTures has seen the first three artists from the local community exhibit their work, which is proving to be very popular with passengers. Photographer Chris Hardy and graphic designer Julie West – both Derby based, and Castle Donington felt-artist Mel Anderson, have been wowing passengers with their work and have created a real talking point.

Anna Thomson, Community Relations Manager for East Midlands Airport, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the great response from the call for local artists to submit their work for consideration by our DepARTures panel. We have been really excited by the wide range of work submitted and the displays have been warmly welcomed by our passengers. We look forward to this success continuing in the future.”

Mel Anderson, Castle Donington artist and DepARTures exhibitor, added: “It’s such an exciting opportunity for any artist to have their work exhibited to such a large audience. EMA is really putting the region on the map as an arts destination and showing off some great local talent. I hope that from looking at my work, passengers and staff see how fun and contemporary art can be and inspire them to visit other galleries in the region.”

Chris Hardy has been a photographer for some 20 plus years, exhibiting in successive years with both the Royal Photographic Society and Derby City Open Art. Derby based artist Julie West moved to England from America in 2005. Her work relies heavily on people and environments. Mel Anderson designs a vibrant and visually exciting collection of textile wall art at her studio in nearby Castle Donington.

The DepARTures scheme is an ongoing project and East Midlands Airport is committed to continually showcasing a broad range of local artistic talent. Interested artists should email: community@eastmidlandsairport or call: 01332 818414 for more information on future submission deadlines.

Published on: 01/04/2010 15:56:45

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