testbeds arts enterprise zone will provide Luton-based artists at all stages of their careers the opportunity to access a needs-driven hub for knowledge-exchange and creative enterprise development
© R. Cherry
© R. Cherry
We encourage you, no matter where you are on your fundraising journey, to attend all sessions. The programme is as follows thus far; more events will be added soon for September - December 2018:
Join Rae Leaver in a discussion about what to put online, what networks might be useful to you and how best to utilise them. Learn how to generate and manage content as an independent creative practitioner or small organisation.
The University of Bedfordshire's Innovation and Enterprise Team deliver an invaluable workshop on understanding how to write successful bids. Sharing bid writing skills and the key elements to be aware of that exist throughout all bids.
The testbeds arts enterprise zone is a needs-driven programme of training and skills-development opportunities designed to help people that work or volunteer in Luton in the arts, culture or creative sectors to increase their capacity to thrive in whatever they do.
We recently asked the Luton creative community to tell us what they wanted from the arts enterprise zone. A summary of what was said and what we will offer is below. If you would like to contribute to the enterprise zone programme, contact us and tell us what you would like to see offered.
We asked the Luton arts community to tell us what was needed from our training programme. Here is what you said:
7th June 2018: Practical help with completing funding bids
Access to specialised help in completing funding bids, outlining the changes to ACE funding with arts funding experts.
21st June 2018: Diversify your income sources
A workshop in diversifying income, delivered by sector experts.
28th June 2018: Understanding diverse groups and meaningful networks
Presentation from industry experts on the understanding of both working with and creating meaningful networks.
19th July 2018: Introduction to evaluation processes
University of Bedfordshire Arts & Culture Team deliver an introduction into understanding evaluation processes.
30th July 2018: Network building
Delivered by Royal Opera House Bridge, information about building connections and collaborative partnerships.
16th August 2018: Reviewing unsuccessful funding bids
Testbeds offered applicants to the recent round of the Luton Arts Fund, the opportunity to understand the criteria of the fund in detail and workshop their unsuccessful applications.
We will be sharing more events soon for September - December 2018
If you have suggestions for training, resources or opportunities that would enhance your creative capacity, please get in touch. This programme is for, by and with the people of Luton, so make it your own.