..and now for some Good News!

Testbeds artist Nicole Mollett has been awarded National Lottery funding by Arts Council England for her project Graphic Novel for Luton. She will be working together with local writers, artists and residents of Luton to create a collection of hand drawn stories to be published in autumn 2019.

Graphic novel for Luton is a collaborative drawing project, based on real-life experiences of people who live in Luton. The project will engage communities, celebrate diversity, and encourage intercultural connection, cohesion and empathy, through the accessible medium that is visual story-telling. The public workshops will inform the narratives and drawings, and a group of local writers will create the texts. The multi-perspective graphic novel will offer 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 aims to break down barriers between different communities, by creating a safe context in which to discuss shared interests and ambitions for their home town. The project aims to make outsiders aware of the existing natural & architectural beauty. The Graphic Novel for Luton will be by, with and about the people of Luton.

Nicole said;

‘’ I am overjoyed at the news of being awarded ACE funding. This means I can collaborate with multiple partners, running a series of public drawing workshops and work together with local writers. ‘’

 The first public drawing workshops will be taking place on the weekend of June 22nd & 23rd at Little Red Creative Studios on the High Street. More information to follow soon.


Nicole Mollett’s work features drawing, sculpture and performance. She is known for her detailed drawings and map works which reveal hidden narratives, and suggest alternative histories.

Nicole completed her Sculpture MFA in 2002 at the Slade School of Art. Nicole has exhibited and performed in many museums and galleries including Whitechapel Gallery, Space Station 65 Gallery, Hampton Court, the National Trust, and the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Her public art commissions include a mobile public artwork, the Kent Baton, which travelled the county of Kent 2010 – 2012. The artist collaborated with writer Sarah Butler, to produce an online digital archive of drawings as part of Creative People and Places project, entitled ‘More Than 100 Stories’ in 2016.

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved go to;


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