TestBeds: a £10,000 research & development opportunity for mid-career creative practioners

Artists constantly respond to and reflect on social, political, technological and environmental themes. Catalyst co-lab is a chance for mid-career artists of all disciplines to enhance their knowledge of these themes in order to significantly increase the impact of their work.

Catalyst Co-Lab programme for mid-career artists looking to engage in cross-disciplinary research in order to significantly further their career and expertise and enchance the social impact of their practice.

Artists are invited to apply to spend 12 months as a visiting artist within the University of Bedfordshire. Immersed in an academic department or research institute, artists will investigate how, using a thematic focus of catalyst for changeglobal citizen or placemaker, they can make a lasting difference to the communities of Luton.
Participants will partner with a non-creative arts academic department and a Luton-based corporate, community or government organisation. They will research, develop and test their practice under the influence of new & emerging themes and ideas. They will have the opportunity to access the University’s network of national and international partner universities to inform and expand their practice and establish relationships for partnership and exchange.

With the support of an academic institution, this exciting opportunity offers the artist the chance to propel their career towards realising large-scale national and international projects that will make real impact on local and global communities.
Applications close on November 20th 2016. 
For more information please visit our website.
As a participant you will receive:
12 months of support, partnership and mentorship;
A £10,000 stipend to support training, development and living expenses;
Access to relationships with the University’s national and international network of partner institutions, including universities in Poland, Oman, Myanmar and Sri Lanka;
The equivalent of one day a week access to creative studio space (day/time dependent on requirements and availability);
Fortnightly supported co-working;
Monthly seminars, training sessions and networking opportunities;
Three 2-day professional-development intensives.

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