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project strands 


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Since 2016, The University of Bedfordshire has been delivering and extending their testbeds project, an exciting arts incubator skills development and knowledge exchange project for artists and creative practitioners. Through testbeds, the University of Bedfordshire has developed a responsive model that meets the demands of current sector gaps, with an innovative arts impact accelerator programme that has significantly developed arts & culture leadership in Luton.   


testbeds currently delivers four strands of engagement in luton, bedfordshire. all four strands were initially developed by the university of bedfordshire within the luton investment programme.

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A 12-month incubator for early-career, Luton based artists and creative practitioners


A 12-month collaborative research laboratory for mid-career artists and arts innovators

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An intense programme for Luton-based artists and artistic organisations to take their organisation to a new level of impact


A flexible programme of events that will develop your creative enterprise skills