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jean abreu

Born in Brazil, Jean choreographed his first work in 2003 and later that year was honoured with the Jerwood Choreography Award. Since then, his work has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Brazil including performances for London Dance Umbrella and the Southbank Centre. He founded Jean Abreu Dance in 2009 with the support of The Hat Factory in Luton and Arts Council England, his first work for the company, INSIDE with music by 65daysofstatic, received 4 and 5 star reviews at its premier in the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He subsequently created Parallel Memories in collaboration with Brazilian choreographer Jorge Garcia, which premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and toured to Sao Paulo Brazil.



artillery: laura kerry and morag mcguire

Laura Kerry, Director of Artillery and founder of the E17 Art Trail. A Fine Art graduate, Laura develops artist peer support initiatives including the E17 Art Trail Idea Sparks programme and previously with E7 Arts, and No Artist is an Island. Laura applies Artillery’s festival model to celebrate local talent across sectors with initiatives including Appetite, Cultivate and The Poetry Trail, curating with a light touch. She leads on developing Artillery's digital communications adopting platforms as trends evolve to maximise the promotion of our invitations to participate and visit Artillery's events.

Morag McGuire, Director of Artillery leads on developing participation and engagement. She applies her experience in art and performance venues, and developing Theatres of Learning with the Big Wide Talk Children's Project by creating engaging opportunities for neighbours to share and develop their creative talents collaboratively. These neighbourhood projects include Bird Box Avenue, Beans on Balconies and Re-arranging the Deck Chairs, all playful making projects inviting residents to spend time together with a shared purpose of contributing to festival programmes. 



tamara ashley

Tamara Ashley co-ordinates the MA Dance Performance and Choreography programme. She has an MFA and PhD from Texas Woman's University. Her PhD dissertation examined dance in the context of environmental change. She continues to make site-responsive and durational based environmental work. Her practice is strongly influenced by American post-modern dance artists, with most recent studies and research with Nancy Stark Smith, Lower Left, Nina Martin, KJ Holmes, Mark Taylor
and Ray Chung.



pete atkinson

Dr Pete Atkinson is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Film, Media and Popular Culture at University of Central Lancashire. He has published a number of academic articles and book chapters on the topics of music and television media and place mythology and representation of Northern England cities. These include pieces on The Smiths and Manchester, The Beatles and Liverpool, ITV soap operas and Manchester and Leeds, the David Bowie and the Ziggy Stardust project and Hull musicians and on Yorkshire poets and the television verse-documentary form. Pete has been a Trustee of the Manchester youth arts charity Noise Festival and regards himself as an activist for Northern equality. Pete completed a doctorate in modern Liverpool mythology in the Department of English at Lancaster University.



professor helen bailey

executive dean of academic partnerships

testbeds project director

Helen leads partnerships activity for the University. Her academic career has focused on providing access to excellence through higher education and research in arts and culture. She trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she was subsequently a scholarship postgraduate student and then a Research Fellow. She has worked at a number of higher education institutions in the UK and has been invited to contribute to institutions in Europe, USA and Australia. Her personal research area focuses on the relationship between arts and technology and she has led a number of externally funded, large research projects in this context. Helen is the Project Director for the University’s Arts Council England-funded TestBeds project, an artist impact accelerator that supports creative practitioners to develop their economic, social and creative sustainability and undertake cross-disciplinary research into the employment of arts & culture as catalysts for change.




beverley bothwell and gary layden

Beverley Bothwell is a fashion designer and senior lecturer in Fashion Design and Communication. In 2012 she began the
Body-Cut-Space-(Cut-Body) project with co-author Garry Layden, introducing a new design methodology that uses approaches from both Fashion Design and Spatial Design. She first presented the project at the IASDR conference in Tokyo (Layden & Bothwell, 2013). Garry Layden is an architect and senior lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire where he teaches Interior Architecture and Interior Design. A part-time doctoral student investigating approaches to design ideation, he co-launched the Body-Cut- Space-(Cut-Body) project with Beverley Bothwell in 2012 (Layden & Bothwell, 2013; Bothwell & Layden, 2014).



jane carr

Jane Carr draws on her experiences of performing, creating and teaching dance to inform her research into embodiment and the significance of dance that was the subject of her PhD (Roehampton University 2008). Having worked as a dancer, choreographer, community educator and lecturer, Jane is currently Head of the School of Media and Performance at the University of Bedfordshire where she continues to develop her research. Recent publications include contributions to British Dance: Black Routes, Routledge (C. Adair and R. Burt eds.) the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance (Vida Midgelow ed.) and Narratives in Black British Dance: Embodied Practices (Adesola Okinleye ed).



tim casson

Tim is a Performer, Choreographer and Dance Educator based in London, UK. He has performed and taught extensively for Jasmin Vardimon Company, founding their ‘JV2’ Professional Development Certificate, and has also worked with Nigel Charnock, Katie Green and Ben Wright.

Tim regularly leads educational projects for a wide range of dance organisations, including Sadler’s Wells where he works extensively with the National Youth Dance Company. Tim has held Associate Artist positions at Pavilion Dance South West and dancedigital (UK), created the World Record Breaking online performance project, ‘The Dance WE Made’, and directs his company ‘Casson & Friends’; creating accessible work with a focus on collaboration, interaction and joy.




rachel cherry

Rachel Cherry is a performance photographer, researcher and visual artist. She has created images for Akram Khan Company, Siobhan Davies Dance, Candoco Dance Company and Time Out. As a visual artist, Rachel creates photographic installations that are choreographic in feel; she has exhibited her work nationally, including at the WhatNow? Festival (2009), Siobhan Davies Studios. In 2016, Rachel completed her MPhil in Creative Practice, Collaborative Arts at Trinity Laban. Rachel also teaches photography to dance students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and she has recently guest edited, alongside Tamara Ashley and Luke Pell a special edition of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Issue 8.1, Embodiment, Interactivity and Digital Performance.



creative people and places

Creative People and Places is about more people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live.
Funded by Arts Council England, there are 21 independent projects based in areas where there are fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.



jon croose

Dr Jon Croose is a practitioner-academic with a background in outdoor theatre, site specifics, and cultural geography. He is Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies at Arts University Bournemouth, and conducted his PhD in Cultural Geography as a street performer, by way of ethnographic performance-as-research (University of Exeter). This study built on his previous practice-led MA in Cultural Performance at Bristol University, supervised by Professor Baz Kershaw in association with Welfare State International. Jon has enjoyed a 20-year career in participatory festival, street theatre, music, Drama in Education, youth theatre, site-specifics, community theatre, inter-generational performance and processional crafts. Notions of 'place' are at the heart of Jon's practice. 



ivan cutting

Ivan Cutting is the artistic director and a founding member of Eastern Angles, which was set up in 1982 and is based at the Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich and Chauffeurs Cottage in Peterborough. He has directed much of the company's work as well as devising and writing many new plays inspired by East Anglia's rich heritage. Ivan led the HLF funded Forty Years On Project, a three year arts and archive project around the Peterborough Development Corporation and directed the resulting documentary musical, Parkway Dreams, which also toured new towns across the country.



rachel farrer, dr imogen aujla, tori drew

Rachel is a Lecturer in Dance at the University of Bedfordshire and recruitment leader for the School of Media and Performance. Her research focuses on the freelance dancer sector and the working conditions of professional dance artists. She is currentlyndertaking her PhD examining notions of the tacit in relation to the role of the performer and has previously work on a research project investigating the experiences of independent dancers working in the UK sector. 

Imogen is a senior lecturer in Dance at the University of Bedfordshire and Course Coordinator for the MSC Dance Science. Her research interests cover the optimisation of performance among elite dancers, and the impact of recreational dance on the health and well-being of non-dancers. Imogen has led on several major research projects investigating talent identification among young dancers with and without disabilities, and examining psychological skills in professional freelance dancers.

Tori is a community dance artist based in Birmingham. She has worked in a range of educational and community settings, with organisations including:  Yorkshire Dance, Artist and Alzheimer's Society, Northern Ballet and Northern School for Contemporary dance, ACE Dance and Music, University of Worcester, Let Me Play, Epic Dance, and One Day,



corinne furness

Corinne Furness is an AHRC funded Doctoral Researcher with the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company researching professional-amateur collaboration. She is more broadly interested in professional-amateur collaboration across artistic disciplines, community theatre, and the relationship between performance and place. In 2016 she was chosen to be part of the 'Birmingham Heroes' campaign which highlights academic research which seeks to respond to 21st century issues.



giselle garcia

Giselle Garcia is a Ph.D student in Drama and recipient of the College of Humanities International Studentship at the University of Exeter. Her research investigates how the work of dramaturgy in the Philippines is answerable to the spatial events of Shakespearean performance, and to the country's capital city, Manila, as a setting that shapes acts of translation and adaptation. Before pursuing her Ph.D, she taught at both the Fine Arts and English Departments of the Ateneo de Manila University. She also served as the resident dramaturg and Senior Culture and Arts Officer at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), where she curated artistic programmes with the Intertextual Division. 



tasos giapoutzis

Tasos Giapoutzis was born and raised in Kavala, Greece. He lives and works in London as a visiting lecturer in film theory and practice at the University of Bedfordshire. In 2017 he was awarded a full scholarship from the University of York to carry out his doctoral studies in Film by Creative Practice. His films have participated at numerous film festivals worldwide. Killing My Girl has been selected at over 50 international festivals while, When Dahlias Bend Down, having premiered at the 18th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, continues its festival journey. These days he is in production of his first feature documentary, Quiet Life.



sophie gresswell

Sophie Gresswell is a local artist born and raised in Luton. She graduated with First Class BA Hons degree in Fine Arts from the University of Northampton in 2012. Her long-term aspiration is to work in synergy with Luton's high rate of economic development, creating public artworks and contributing to the town's 2025 bid for City of Culture. What is important is that legacies work to connect Luton's current state of growth, to the residents that have resided in the town for generations.  Sophie is currently one of the University of Bedfordshire's testbeds artists.



kerry harker

Kerry Harker is an independent curator, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds (School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies). Previously she was co-founder of The Tetley, in 2013, a centre for contemporary art and learning on the new 'South Bank' of Leeds, one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. Her work as a curator considers notions of participatory place making, particularly the role of artists within this and concepts of culture-led regeneration. She also contributes to Leeds' bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023, and is a Co-Director of Leeds Sustainable Development Group, a voluntary affiliation of individuals and professionals committed to the creation of a sustainable community in South Bank Leeds, for the long term. 



sung-im her

Sung-im studied contemporary dance at Han-Sung University in South Korea where she achieved her Masters degree. She then moved to Belgium in 2004 for choreography studies (2nd cycle) at P.A.R.T.S. After graduation, she has been working with Jan Fabre/Troubleyn, Les ballets C de la B, Needcompany and Abattoire Ferme. In parallel Since 2011, she started to develop personal work as well. "Philia", "En-Trance", "Tuning", "NYMF",  "You are Okay" has been supported from Germany, Korea, Switzerland, Belgium and UK.

Sung-Im is currently one of the University of Bedfordshire's testbeds artists.



kieran holland

Kieran Holand is currently an Aberdoc funded PhD Student in theatre and performance studies at Aberystwyth University. His thesis examines how the experiences and meanings present in running events can be interpreted and understood through theatre and performance studies. Breaking down events into terms of space, spectator, performer, participation and relational aesthetics, via a theatrical and performative lens, his overall study aims to provide new insights into the cultural, mass participatory phenomenon of running.




Sanjeevini Dutta is the Director of Kadam Dance and the Editor of Pulse magazine since 2008. This important publication keeps up a critical debate in the South Asian dance and music sector.

Dutta has led Kadam, a dance agency based in Bedfordshire, for over two decades. As a former odissi dancer, Sanjeevini has in recent years turned her attention to producing, and has toured three major dance works nationally, between 2015-17. At The Sense of Place, Kadam is presenting Katie Ryan of the Odissi Ensemble, a quartet of dancers that Kadam manages.

Dutta holds a Masters in Psychology and Social Work from Bombay University. She trained in odissi with the renowned Shankar Behera and after a brief spell in social work, found her home in the arts.



luton irish forum

LIF provides welfare support relating to welfare benefits, housing and debt issues, applications for Irish Passports and representation at medicals and tribunals. LIF coordinates a range of activities, groups and events which raise cultural awareness including St Patrick's Festival, The Emerald Pipe Band, cultural seminars and workshops. They promote health and wellbeing through Irish Language Classes, The Literary Society, The Calligraphy Group, Art Classes and Computer Club. LIF facilitates social opportunities through our Elders Project, Tea and Chat and Baby & Toddler Group.



ienke kastelein

Ienke Kastelein is an artist focusing on the interaction between people and place through the senses. Observation, awareness and presence are the fundamental issues she is dealing with. She works on reclaiming both the human body and -public- space. 



marie kirbyshaw

Marie Kirbyshaw graduated from Newcastle University with an MA in Museum Studies and a Fine Arts degree. After lecturing in art and design in Durham, Marie managed Washington Arts Centre before becoming Director of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Marie then moved into a public art commissioning role with Milton Keynes Council where she worked with a range of artists and designers including Thomas Heatherwick, Michael Pinsky, Alec Finlay and Gordon Young. She was later promoted to manage cultural services (arts, museums and libraries) and here she built the case for MK bidding for European Capital of Culture 2023. In 2013 Marie led a four nations public arts programme for the Open University celebrating 50 years since Harold Wilson declared a vision for the ‘university of the air’ – she commissioned new digital works from Caroline Devine for England, Carrie Neely for Northern Ireland, Wiretrace for Scotland and Steve Geliot, Tanja Raman and Jo Fong for Wales. Marie joined Luton Culture in 2015, an independent charity that welcomes over a million visits to its 14 sites which include Libraries and Community Centres, the Hat Factory Arts Centre, Wardown House, Museum & Gallery and Stockwood Discovery Centre. Marie is currently leading a major cultural regeneration project in the Luton Hat District, which has successfully secured over £6.5m in funding in 18 months. 



maria kukhareva

Maria is an Educational Developer at the University of Bedfordshire. As a part of her work, she has been collaborating with a TestBeds artist, Yasmin Sidhwa, with a view of introducing drama as pedagogy to academics from non-drama backgrounds.



emma lambert

Emma Lambert is an Artist and Lecturer in Photography at Coventry University. Her photographic practice and research explore our experience of, and connection with, place with a particular focus on the relationship between site, place and the local. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has spoken at a number of events where she has discussed her work-in-progress. Her research interests also include self publishing and the Photobook and, in collaboration with a colleague, has recently published the first in a series of mini publications intended to stimulate debate and encourage ideas across visual arts education. This series includes a publication by the author entitled Local.



natalie lee

Natalie Lee is a researcher and performance-maker. Her research is concerned with contemporary arts practice and its applications within the field of social housing in the UK, specifically relating to notions of belonging, representation and identity. She is interested in exploring the possibilities and practicalities of using arts practice not only on the immediate, community level but also as a form of political engagement and intervention within the social housing context.
As an artist, she specialises in installation and solo performance, exploring themes of home and attachment to place. She aims to create work that subverts popular cultural/media narratives that exist around council estates and their residents.



jon legge

Jon Legge is a Nottingham based photographer and photography educator. He works part time as Senior Photography Instructor at Coventry University. Jon also designs and delivers courses for arts galleries, media organisations and in schools. He also works in participatory arts, designing and facilitating events, courses and workshops, especially for marginalised groups, or people without regular access to cultural activities.



adrian leibowitz

Adrian is based in Milton Keynes is originally from South Africa. he is currently completing an MA in International Journalism at the University of Bedfordshire,  In addition to creating theatrical sound designs he has produced a radio drama based on the history of the Haitian slave revolution. On completion of his Masters he is aiming to work in radio production and to undertake a PhD examining the role of the leftwing South African Jewish diaspora from the Baltic States in defeating Apartheid. 



steph meskell-brocken

Steph Meskell-Brocken is an academic, facilitator and manager who has been working in the arts with children and young people for twelve years. Beginning as an education officer within the theatre sector she has worked freelance for a variety of different organisations including Blaze, Curious Minds and CapeUK. She now works as the Engagement Manager for Peshkar, an NPO based in Oldham that develops participatory arts and culture projects for children and young people in the urban areas on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. Since 2009 she has also run Cheshire-based arts organisation Minerva Arts which runs Youth Theatres and a range of projects engaging young people in heritage and social action through the arts.



nela milic

Nela Milic is a Contextual and Theoretical Studies coordinator (Year 2 and link to Spatial Communications Programme) at School of Design, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. For the project Here Comes Everybody, Nela won Southwark Council community arts award in 2015. She developed a project Balkanising Taxonomy (www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/balkanising-taxonomy) at Digital Studio/Visual Sociology departments at Goldsmiths University where she researched the city as a site of spectacle and the culture of



caroline molloy

Caroline Molloy is a MPHIL/PHD research student Birkbeck, Centre of Photography, University of London. She is also a senior lecturer in photography at Coventry University and a senior fellow of the higher education academy. She has an MA from the Royal College of Art in photography and an MA in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths, UoL, in addition to this she was trained in oral histories at the British Library. Her work was recently exhibited at the JAIPUR photo (2017) and Doh Mix Me Up (2014) Leverhulme Arts event with Oxford University.



emma-rose payne

Emma-Rose Payne is based in the Access and Outreach team, within the Centre for Academic Partnerships at The University of Bedfordshire. Her primary subfield is applied participatory arts as a means of widening participation in education.

Originally from Norwich, Emma received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Applied Drama at the University of Exeter. Whilst living in Devon, Emma founded Anthos Arts, an Applied Physical Theatre initiative, which works with young communities in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire. In 2015 she handed over Anthos and moved to Hertfordshire to work as the Learning and Participation Manager at Trestle Theatre Company. Here, Emma co-taught the MA Education (Drama) and PGCE Drama with English courses at Middlesex University. She also expanded Trestle’s work in international schools, authored OCR exam board teacher resources and began Trestle’s Arts and Health/Arts on Prescription strand. Throughout 2016, she attended the Special Interest Group for the Arts, Health and Wellbeing APPG, at the time when the group were developing the inquiry report, “Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing”.



jenny peevers

Jenny Peevers is a freelance arts consultant and delivers creative place-making projects which bring people together in interactive and creative ways to listen to their thoughts, stories, values and concerns about their area. Activities are often artist led and aim to reflect and respond to the depth and complexity of people's associations with their lived places. Jenny has trained in fine art, photography and urban design and previous employment includes posts of Public Art Officer and Relationship Manager for Regional Planning at Arts Council England and Urban Designer at Bryant Priest Newman Architects. As a freelance consultant clients have included arts organisations, architects, interdisciplinary place making organisations and universities.
In addition to her freelance work Jenny is an Executive Director of Creative Health CIC, an arts and health organisation, an associate of MELA Social Enterprise, a fellow of the RSA and a PhD researcher at Birmingham City University.



agnieszka piotrowska

Agnieszka Piotrowska, PhD, is a filmmaker and a scholar. She is a Reader in Film Practice and Theory at the University of Bedfordshire and author of Psychoanalysis and Ethics in Documentary Film (2014) and Black and White: Cinema, The Arts and Politics in Zimbabwe (2016), both published by Routledge . She has written on Hollywood cinema from a feminist and psychoanalytical perspective and edited essay collections. She has directed the well known documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower and has recently completed a feature film in Zimbabwe called Escape, an African film noir, which has recently been banned in Zanzibar. She is currently working on a monograph on Nasty Woman and neo femme fatale for Routledge.



paul rowinski

Paul has worked for the regional, national and transnational press for two decades. He first worked for various UK regionalnewspapers, before becoming a national newspaper reporter. Paul was a Berlin-based foreign correspondent working for The European, Scotland on Sunday and Times Educational Supplement, while also writing for other national titles, like The Financial Times. Paul also worked as an assistant producer on the English section of Deutsche Welle TV, producing regular world news bulletins and as a guest columnist for the Berlin-based quality broadsheet, Der Tagesspiegel and occasional features writer for Die Zeit. Paul has covered stories from Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy and the former Yugoslavia. On returning to the UK he worked on the Daily Mail foreign desk.



cecilie sachs olsen and sigrid merx

Cecilie Sachs Olsen is a lecturer in cultural geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the co-founder of the socially engaged artistic practice, zURBS. Her work is practice-based and revolves around developing creative methods for urban research and exploring how artistic practice and public arts can be used as a framework to analyse and re-imagine urban space and politics. Central to her work is 1) to examine how participatory and public arts practices offer the means to engage communities with their city, working collaboratively to envision new urban futures, and 2) to investigate how these practices can, and have become part of urban development strategies.

Sigrid Merx is a lecturer in media and culture studies at Utrecht University and one of the core members of [urban interfaces], an interdisciplinary research group that aims to bring together the disparate elements of rapid cultural transformations, reflexive cultural practices, and theoretical perspectives from media and culture studies, in order to shape the debate about the formation of today's cities. She is member of Platform-Scenography, a collective of scenographers and dramaturges interested in how spaces 'work' both in and outside the theatre. With Platform-Scenography she has developed a creative method to allow a group of participants to shift the perspective on and experience of familiar environments and to actively reimagine existing structures. Over the last three years Platform-Scenography has curated a series of participatory research
events in different cities in the Netherlands and abroad.



mandala theatre company

In 2016/17 Mandala completed a successful 9 city UK tour supported by ACE, Oxford City Council and Birmingham Old Rep. Working with young BAME artists, they employed and supported one of the actors in his first professional tour. 'Night Light' also performed 5 sell out International shows in France and Germany. Their performance of 'Collector of Tears' received a standing ovation at the Rencontre International Festival 2017, France.

Artistic director Yasmin Sidhwa is currently one of the University of Bedfordshire's testbeds artists.



the open arts collective

The Open arts collective is made up of a range of arts and occupational therapist practitioners, including Caroline Wallace who has worked for many years for Luton Culture, on art projects, community art and regeneration projects. Other members include Liz Aldous, an experienced mental health occupational therapist, delivering community art programmes in the Luton area, Helen Jones, a disabled artist and graduate Of the University of Bedford in Fine Art and Mary Hearne, a freelance artist and workshop leader within the Luton area.



people united

People United was set up in 2006 with a belief that the arts and culture have a practical and imaginative role to play in how our society develops. It was established with a sense of urgency, responding to inequality, injustice and intolerance, poverty and environmental destruction. These challenges are manifold and complex, but are often characterised by a lack of concern for, or connection with, our fellow human beings and the world around us. We use the arts – and their ability to provoke, question, soothe, disrupt or surprise – to open our own and other people's eyes to the very best in humanity.

Sarah Fox leads on the artistic programme at People United and for the last eight years has been growing and fostering an
innovative values-led and asset-based approach to participatory arts practice.




Qalam Creative Writing Collective is a brand new start up initiated through the Revoluton Firestarter programme, giving participants who have never explored creativity the opportunity to explore creativity and form their own community around a creative idea or concept, which involves ‘burning fires’ and ‘creating community’.  



revoluton arts

Revoluton Arts is one of 21 Creative People and Places (CPP) taking place across England. Funded through Arts Council England’s, the CPP Programmes takes place areas where evidence shows that people are less involved in arts and cultural activities than elsewhere in England.

Riots to Revoluton cast and creative:

Aaron Spendelow is a Luton based Actor working nationally and internationally for a range of media:  TV, Film, Theatre as well as Children’s Theatre.

Addie Akinrinade is a Luton based actor, producer and theatre maker.  She is festival director @buffenterprises, cofounder @fourfacedfilms, actor @alt170708 & @identityacting.

Glenn Jenkins is a community activist in Luton and co founder of Marsh Farm Outreach and the original Revoluton Workshop.  Glenn is a change maker, mixing art and activism to provide peaceful solutions to conflict.  He supports and is involved with a range of community and activist projects in Luton and across UK.

Steve Jenkins is collaborator of Glenn Jenkins, a change maker and community activist supporting new business start ups in Luton and Marsh Farm. 

Topher Campbell is a director of film, television and theatre. He is also a writer and social commentator and part-time actor. He is a former artistic director of The Red Room Theatre Company and past chair of the Independent Theatre Council UK. He is a recipient of the 2005 Jerwood Directors Award and is a and a co-founder of rukus Federation.



philip stanier

Philip Stanier is a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester, and is Artistic Director of the Strange Names Collective. His current project is a cycle of works exploring Performance, Environment, and the Anthropocene era. 'The Designs of Trees' has been supported by Arts Council England and the University of Bedfordshire through the Testbeds Scheme in 2017.

Philip is currently one of the University of Bedfordshire's testbeds artists.



abi spendlove

Abi Spendlove's work in video, photography, drawing and embroidery explores themes of memory, transition and communication. It reveals light through reflections, perforations and the use of light absorbent materials. Spendlove's installations of multiple pieces create poetic connections between different objects and materials. Spendlove graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008. She has exhibited internationally and is experienced in giving talks and running workshops. She is currently working towards an ACE funded commission for St Albans Museum.



jennifer stokes

Jennifer Christine Stokes is a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television, University of Reading and CEO and Artistic Director of Reside Dance. She holds a Masters in Dance Theatre: The Body in Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has 13 years' experience as a Community Dance Practitioner working with a variety of groups for organisations such as English Heritage, Ludus Dance, MK Gallery and Theatre Royal, Wakefield.



gayle storey

Gayle Storey is a British Fine Artist whose paintings and prints evoke a sense of beauty. She began her studies at the University of Bath (1995), before studying an MA at University of Creative Arts at Canterbury (2001). Her work has been featured in International Publications and Journals, working with a range of multidisciplinary practices. Gayle is currently one of the University of Bedfordshire's testbeds artists.



tracing the pathway

Tracing the Pathway is an artist-led collective that explore the relationships between site, body and encounter. As artists, curators, educators, and researchers, they produce site or situation-specific interdisciplinary artworks. Their work develops microcosmic worlds as catalysts for exploration and exchange. Their processes are soft, processual and organic, developing a practice that is always open-ended and subject to change. As an international collective, based across the UK and Denmark, they have presented artworks, talks and workshops across Europe, Asia, the Middle-East and the US.



mark titchner

Mark is currently lead artist for “As you change so do I”, an evolving three year public art project based in Luton. His work involves an exploration of the tensions between the different belief systems that inform our society, be they religious, scientific or political. Focusing on an exploration of words and language, in recent years much of his production has been based in the public realm both in the UK and internationally. These public works have often been created from extended group activities, working particularly with young people.  



stephen whiting

Stephen Whiting's practice encompasses photography, printing, painting, literature and music. He is a co-editor of the long-running satirical Luton magazine "Clod", of which he was a co-founder in 1987. Stephen is currently one of the University of Bedfordshire's testbeds artists.



sanna wicks

Sanna Wicks is the Creative Director of Treehouse Media Productions, the company behind the films and mobile phone app for Raising the Barr. She works across television, digital media and heritage interpretation, and is also a Lecturer in Media Production at Coventry University. Sanna has researched the value of mobile phone apps in heritage interpretation and produced various apps, films and resources for heritage sites and cultural organisations.



kim wide

Kim Wide is a curator and consultant skilled in communications, engagement, access to arts and culture, impacts of social practice and organisational change and development. She has worked both nationally and internationally to engage communities and the public in sustainable, engaging, educational and risk-taking projects about people's lives and communities. She brings that expertise to support organisations, schools, museums, universities and local authorities to increase audience, relevance and reach.



korina zaromytidou

Korina is a practising Architect and a full time academic of Interior Architecture and Interior Design, teaching and developing coursesacross different universities.  Through her research she explores a variety of areas, theoretical, practical and conceptual around the discipline of design and the perception of space, which feeds into her teaching.