catalyst co-lab is a 12-month research & development programme for mid-career artists of any discipline. With a thematic focus on collaborative practices and partnership working, artists explore their practice in the context of the artist as a catalyst for change, placemaker or global citizen.


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meet the 2017 catalyst co-lab cohort

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catalyst co-lab offers:

12-months as a visiting artist at the University of Bedfordshire

• a £10,000 stipend for training and development

knowledge-exchange with an academic department or research institute

• access to a collaborative, co-working environment for critical reflection and exchange

• a 3-phase research & development programme


phase one - collaborative laboratory

Choose an academic department that is not the creative arts and be immersed in research and knowledge-exchange that will enhance creative practice and expand your knowledge of the social, political, scientific or technological practices that inform your work. Attend training intensives & co-working sessions and share your work in the testing ground

phase two - project development

June to August 2017

Develop national and international partnerships, access the testbeds bid writing surgery, attend collaborative co-working sessions, and show work-in-progress in the testing ground. Develop a proposal for how international partnerships or further research can enhance your practice and submit exceptional funding applications. 

phase three - leadership & mentoring

September to December 2017

Lead and mentor two accelerator artists to deliver outreach projects with young people in Luton. Develop integral mentoring & leadership skills and gain further insight into the needs of Luton communities - establishing yourself as an artist as placemaker, global citizen or catalyst for change. 



Applications will re-open in November 2017 for TestBeds 2018. If you would like to learn more about the process, please visit the catalyst co-lab application information page.