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testbeds conference 2019:
harnessing creative collaboration - strategic partnerships with universities.

 
 

The University of Bedfordshire's Arts and Culture team would like to invite you to the TestBeds Conference season 2019, composing of three days of activity:

  • 21st March 2019: Arts and Culture Sector Leaders Symposium

  • 22nd March 2019: Arts and Culture Youth Conference

  • 23rd March 2019: Conference for Local Creatives

Join us in considering perspectives from across arts, culture and higher education to share examples of best practice, which harness the potential of cross-sector collaboration. For more information about these days, including how to book, please refer to the information below.

 
 
 
 

thursday 21st, friday 22nd & saturday 23rd march 2019

 
 
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book your place at harnessing creative collaboration - strategic partnerships with universities

 
 
 
 
 
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thursday 21st march 2019

Arts and Culture Sector Leaders Symposium: Partnerships between Universities and Cultural Organisations

The Arts and Culture Sector Leaders Symposium, hosted by the University of Bedfordshire and funded by Arts Council England, aims to bring together strategic leads from both universities and established cultural organisations.

Universities have the spaces, resources, partnerships and access to cross-sector knowledge/research to support and develop the local creative ecology. Creative organisations can support universities to enhance teaching, research and knowledge exchange, as well connect to local communities, people and places. Cross sector partnership, therefore has direct benefits for local arts and creative organisations, but it also brings direct and lasting benefits to universities.

The symposium aims to provide space to share case studies, workshops and thought pieces, which reflect on the impact of previous projects, ambitions for emerging activity, priorities founded upon arts and cultural strategies, and considerations for cross-sector partnerships.

The symposium will speak to the interests of strategic leads of universities, cultural organisations and PhD/research students. Its proceedings will promote inter/cross-sector collaboration; ensure better alignment of strategic priorities, and consider opportunities for joint investment in projects and partnerships.

Please email culture@beds.ac.uk for more information.

For submissions to the symposium please complete the submission form here.

To register attendance please book Thursday tickets here.

friday 22nd march 2019

Creative Collaboration: Arts and Culture Youth Conference


The Arts and Culture Youth Conference is an opportunity for young people and students to get a realistic and “hands on” impression of local/national opportunities within the sector in terms of careers and progression routes, as well as sector priorities for the next wave of creative practitioners.

The day is funded by Arts Council England and works in partnership with Luton Borough Council, Luton Culture and Royal Opera House Bridge Organisation.

Please email culture@beds.ac.uk for more information.

To register attendance please book Friday tickets here.

saturday 23rd march 2019

Creative Collaboration: Conference for Local Creatives

Postgraduate Centre, Luton Campus

9.30am-4pm


Our final day of the conference will see local creatives coming together to celebrate collaborations and partnerships.

In a diverse offering of performances, exhibitions and workshops, artists/creative practitioners and students will connect up, test ideas and  share experiences of inter and cross-sector collaboration. There will also be opportunities to access information clinics through TestBeds Artist’s Enterprise Zone.

Please email culture@beds.ac.uk for more information.

To register attendance please book Saturday tickets here.

 
 
 
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