catalyst co-lab is a 12-month research and 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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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 and development programme


phase one - collaborative laboratory

February - June 2018

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 and co-working sessions and share your work during demo week.

phase two - project development

July to August 2018

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

phase three - leadership and mentoring

September to December 2018

Lead and mentor the accelerator artists to deliver outreach projects with young people in Luton. Develop integral mentoring and 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 have closed for testbeds 2018. We will be announcing our new artists soon.



meet the 2017 catalyst co-lab cohort

meet the 2018 catalyst co-lab cohort

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