artist accelerator is a 12-month incubator programme for early-career, Luton-based creative practitioners of any discipline. Inspired by the tech industry start-up model, the programme immerses artists in a university-led hothouse for ideas. It accelerates careers and pushes artists to develop their practice into thriving, socially-engaged creative enterprises.


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artist accelerator offers:

12-months of training and development

• a £5000 stipend for living and training expenses

• a collaborative hothouse for ideas development 

• co-working sessions with catalyst artists

• a 3-phase programme designed to accelerate creative business models


phase one - research & training

February to July 2018

Intensive training, co-working, access to creative space & studio facilities and a testing ground for sharing work-in-progress. Develop robust business plans, partnerships and incubate ideas.

phase two - project development

July to September 2018

testbeds bid-writing surgery, partnership development, mentoring, co-working and a testing ground for sharing work-in-progress. Develop exceptional funding applications and establish partnerships and audiences.

phase three - outreach project

October to December 2018

Deliver an outreach project with young people in Luton. Receive mentoring and leadership from catalyst artists and test your practice in front of  young audiences.



Applications have closed for testbeds 2018. We will be announcing our new artists soon.


meet the 2017 artist accelerator cohort

meet the 2018 artist accelerator cohort

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