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


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upcoming events

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: 


Thursday 30th August 2018

Arts Enterprise Zone: Digital Presence and Social Media Management
Library, Luton Campus: Room L107
Time: 4.30pm-6pm
RSVP by emailing Emma.Payne@beds.ac.uk

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.


Thursday 6th September 2018

Arts Enterprise Zone: Successful Bid Writing
Campus Centre, Luton Campus: Room G101
Time: 4.30pm-6pm
RSVP by emailing Emma.Payne@beds.ac.uk

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. 


you told us what you wanted

We asked the Luton arts community to tell us what was needed from our training programme.  Here is what you said: 

  • You want practical help with completing funding bids and approaching funders.
  • You want development in strategic thinking, leadership skills and business planning.
  • You want help with professional resilience, particularly in sustaining outreach work and partnerships.
  • You want to build networks across different artistic and creative disciplines.

this is what we will deliver:

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


testbeds arts enterprise zone is a flexible programme that will respond to the needs of the creative community in Luton

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.

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