Demo Week 2017

 
 
testbeds tile image horizontal.jpg
 
 
 

Demo Week: A week-long celebration of the testbeds artists and their work

The University of Bedfordshire is proud to present Demo Week. TestBeds
artists will share their development to date and engage audiences in
discussion about how arts and culture are helping to define Luton.
TestBeds brings together early-career, Luton-based creative practitioners
with internationally-renowned artists and immerses them in a hothouse for
creative innovation. Demo Week is a chance to engage with the creative
process and help shape the future of their projects.

All Demo Week activity is free to attend.

All activity will be held at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, Park Street, or at the School of Art & Design, Guildford Street, Luton. Please follow the links below to reserve tickets and for more information.

 
 
 
 

full programme

 
testbeds pattern_RGB_lilac.jpg
 
 

Week-long activity

 
%22Luton Elbows%22 by Stephen  Whiting.jpg
 
 

8am-5pm all week

Installation: 'Museum'

Taking a clear lead from the recent opening of Wardown House, Stephen Whiting's installation ‘Museum’ shares with us his grass-roots vision of Luton throughout the week. The museum is open all week during University hours and is sited in the gallery space near the main campus entrance. 

May be of interest to: professionals and students of heritage, the visual arts and urban preservation. Local Luton audiences are particularly welcome, especially those that do not usually engage with the arts & heritage. 

Visual arts

 

Located in the Campus Centre Gallery.

 
 
 

Monday 8th May

 
image3.JPG
 
 

8am-12pm & 2pm-6pm

Experiment: Darwin's Theory of Plants

Fine artist Gayle Storey invites you to observe and ask questions about her exploration of Darwin's Theory of Plants.

One leaf of each plant has a glass bead attached to which is a fixed marker, allowing points of reference to be made throughout the day at hourly intervals. This in turn is tracked by drawing a dot (fixed marker) onto a flat pane of glass and subsequently linked up into a map. This map will be used to create an overall image of the plants’ movements throughout the day from dawn to dusk. Come and visit Gayle whilst she monitors and interacts with the experiment. 

May be of interest to: professionals and students of the visual arts, life sciences, biology and evolution. 

Visual arts

Drop-ins encouraged. Located on the 3rd floor of the Campus Centre.

 

 

11am-1pm

Workshop: 'The psychology of being photographed'

This workshop will explore how we relate to our own image through photography and creative writing. The two-hour session will be facilitated by photographer Rachel Cherry and creative writer Gemma Seltzer, culminating in an exhibition of participants work at the end of the week.

Limited spaces available - please email for more information.

Photography

 

 
 

 
 

2pm-3pm

Work in Progress: 'The Parliament of Owls'

Philip Stanier of The Strange Names Collective will perform a rehearsed reading with performative elements in Luton's People's Park. Meet at and return to the University campus. Please note this will be followed by a talk at 3pm, see below for more information.

May be of interest to: professionals and students of the live arts, outdoor arts, performing arts, life sciences and biology. 

Performing arts

Reserve tickets and more information here

 
 

 

3pm-4.30pm

Presentation: "I talk to the Trees, but they don't listen to me"

Philip Stanier returns with "I talk to the trees but they don't listen to me: Multiple Encounters with Woods'', a talk through the research Philip has engaged with so far on the testbeds project with a focus on how the project may develop further in the areas of placemaking, tourism, and ecology.

May be of interest to: professionals and students of the live arts, life sciences, biology, placemaking and tourism.

Performing arts

Reserve tickets and more information here

 
 
 
 

8am-12pm & 2pm-6pm

Experiment: Darwin's Theory of Plants

Fine artist Gayle Storey invites you to observe and ask questions about her exploration of Darwin's Theory of Plants.

One leaf of each plant has a glass bead attached to which is a fixed marker, allowing points of reference to be made throughout the day at hourly intervals. This in turn is tracked by drawing a dot (fixed marker) onto a flat pane of glass and subsequently linked up into a map. This map will be used to create an overall image of the plants’ movements throughout the day from dawn to dusk.

May be of interest to: professionals and students of the visual arts, life sciences, biology and evolution. 

Visual arts

Drop-ins encouraged. Drop-ins encouraged. Located on the 3rd floor of the Campus Centre.


9am-11.45am

Workshop: Arts, dance, and expression

Join a unique, one-off creative workshop where you will have an opportunity to observe artist and dancer Agnieszka Rebosz trying new workshop technique with other members of the Testbeds program. 
In this creative workshop, Agnieszka will be focusing on investigating the influence of the creative process on overall well-being, in order to develop a workshop model designed for a future dance outreach project for the community. You will also have an opportunity to engage in discussion and share your feedback regarding this experience during and after the workshop.

Particularly welcome are students of  Health & Social Care, Social Studies, Psychology & Mental Health, Counselling & Therapy, Children, Family & Community Health, Special Educational Needs & Disability Studies, Special Needs & Inclusive Therapies, Youth & Community Work, Education and Child Care.

Visual arts/dance

Limited spaces available - please email for more information.


12pm-1pm

Work in Progress: 'Hermit Songs' & 'Human Jukebox'

Julia Cheng presents an excerpt of classical Alvin Ailey work Hermit Songs and a demo of Human Jukebox. Accompanied by visual artist Sophie Gresswell and live music. Please note this will be followed by a discussion at 2:30pm. Please see below for more information.

May be of interest to: a wide variety of community members. Everyone is welcome. 

Dance

Reserve tickets and more information here


2.30pm-3.30pm

Presentation: 'The Power of Yin'

Julia Cheng returns with a presentation and discussion around Outreach Project "The Power of Yin".

May be of interest to: a wide variety of community members. Everyone is welcome. 

Dance

Reserve tickets and more information here

 
 
 

Tuesday 9th May

 
jchengwarriorqueens.jpg
 

Wednesday 10th May

 
Fractured RCherry ©Geraint DaviesLR.jpg
 
 

10.30am-11.30am

Workshop: Public art and impact

Visual artist Sophie Gresswell leads a public art walk and workshop through Luton town, exploring the use of visual arts to connect people to place.

May be of interest to: those interested in the visual arts, public art, urban design, urban regeneration and placemaking. 

Reserve tickets and more information here

Visual arts

 

 

2pm-4pm

Discussion Group: The psychology of being photographed

How do you experience being photographed? And why does it matter? Whether you love, hate or are indifferent to having your photograph taken, we all have an opinion about being photographed and how our image may be used. Rachel Cherry leads an informal discussion group to share your experience of what being photographed means to you.

May be of interest to: a wide variety of community members. Everyone is welcome however spaces are limited.

Photography

Reserve tickets and more information here

 
 
 

Thursday 11th May

 
Sinuosity.jpg
 
 

10.30am-11.30am

Presentation: Arts, dance, and expression

Following her workshop on Tuesday, Agnieszka Rebosz will return on Thursday to present her concept for an arts outreach model involving dance and visual arts. You will also have a chance to listen to the workshop participants who will share their experience and feelings of the workshop. This will be followed by discussion where you will be asked to share your opinion and leave a feedback regarding business and outreach project modules.

Particularly welcome are students of  Health & Social Care-related subjects and business students interested in the development of charitable organisations. 

Reserve tickets and more information here

Dance/Visual arts

 

 

12pm-1pm

Presentation: Public art and funding

Visual artist Sophie Gresswell invites you to a presentation of her plans to connect people to place through public art and outreach. She will invite the audience to explore the arts' role in urban (re)development, with an option to visit her studio afterwards and see work in progress.

May be of interest to: those interested in the visual arts, public art, urban design, urban regeneration and placemaking. 

Visual arts

Reserve tickets and more information here

 
 

1pm-2pm

Presentation: Stimulate student engagement and student voice through creativity and leadership

A bespoke workshop for the university teaching and support staff which will encourage participants to explore and use leadership and creativity for higher student engagement.  Delivered by Artistic Director Yasmin Sidhwa, (Mandala Theatre) and Dr Maria Kukhareva (Centre for Learning Excellence). 

Open to: teaching and support staff, researchers and aspiring educators.

Reserve tickets and more information here

Performing arts

 
 

2pm-4pm

Presentation: Work in Progress

Dancer and choreographer Sung-Im Her will present her latest project, a work in progress looking at global citizenship, refugees, and expression of self when the voice of being repressed. She will encourage feedback and discussion following the performance.

May be of interest to: professionals and students of dance & the performing arts and BAME audiences. 

Dance

Reserve tickets and more information here

 

 

4.30pm-6.30pm

Open rehearsal: 'Place, Identity and Belonging'

Yasmin Sidhwa, Artistic Director of UK-based International Mandala Theatre, presents an open rehearsal showcasing her directorial work. Yasmin will be using provocative text to inspire debate around connection and disconnection to the communities we grow up in, wherever we are. Yasmin wants to engage everyone who lives, works and studies in Luton to join this discussion and reflect on their past and present. 

May be of interest to: Social science students and staff and for all who live, work or study in Luton, as well as professionals and students of theatre & the performing arts.

Performing arts

Reserve tickets and more information here

 
 
 

Friday 12th May

 
GRACE DECENDING AFTER ERNST HAECKEL.jpg
 
 

10.30am-11.30am

Presentation: 'Museum'

On the last day of Demo Week, curator and artist Stephen Whiting will address the inspiration behind Museum, which has been installed in the university all week. These include aspects of local history, urban documentation, gentrification and the role of the urban drifter, the ‘flaneur’, in a town like Luton.

May be of interest to: professionals and students of heritage, the visual arts and urban preservation. Local Luton audiences are particularly welcome, especially those that do not usually engage with the arts & heritage. 

Reserve tickets and more information here

Visual arts

 

 

12.30pm-1.30pm

Presentation: How do we experience being photographed?

Photographer Rachel Cherry will summarise and showcase work created earlier in the week through discussion and workshopping. This presentation will be contextualised by the artist's own practice to date, and provide the audience the opportunity to contribute to the expanding research on the experience of being photographed. 

May be of interest to: professionals and students of photography, the visual arts, creative writing and psychology

Photography

 

 

 

 

Reserve tickets and more information here

 

 

 

 

 

 

2pm-4pm

Presentation and workshop: 'Plant structures explored: Introduction to Darwin’s Theory of Movement in Plants'

Artist Gayle Storey presents her research so far into Darwin's Theory of Plants and how they can inform our understanding of human movement and visual arts. Earlier in Demo Week, plants will have been set up and monitored, looking at how their movement towards the sun can then be used to inform movement in artforms.

May be of interest to: professionals and students of the visual arts, life sciences, biology and evolution. 

Visual arts

Reserve tickets and more information here

 
 

5.30pm-7pm

Discussion: 'Bex and Jules'

Four Faced Films will introduce themselves as a company, giving a brief talk about their background, why they founded and what they plan to achieve as a business. A discussion will follow which will include a presentation of excerpts from their first short film project, including: mood boards and scenes from the script. Artistic input and critical feedback is encouraged.

The film may be of interest to health & social care and nursing students. Particularly welcome are film & television professionals and students. There will be an opportunity to discuss collaboration opportunities with the artists.

Film

Reserve tickets and more information here