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Our network for creative businesses in Bedfordshire has a new host. Sam Turton is taking the reigns of both the Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire networks from July 2017.

Sam is Artistic Director at Novus Theatre and a Visiting Lecturer in Performing Arts and Theatre at University of Bedfordshire.

As Artistic Director, Sam has developed Novus Theatre, from small beginnings into a regularly funded company, touring work regionally and nationally. Novus also regularly run participatory projects engaging with the Bedfordshire community. As a Performing Arts and Theatre Lecturer at University of Bedfordshire Sam teaches a mixture of theoretical and career development content. He also guest lectures, to third year students, on taking first steps in the creative industries, and encourages them to get involved in Creative Bedfordshire.

Creative Bedfordshire is delivered by Bedford Creative Arts and is free of charge to attend thanks to the support of Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council. It exists to support the development of creative skills, new enterprise and business growth across the Creative Sector.

Sam takes over from Sandra Dartnell of ThinkingCX who has been managing Creative Bedfordshire for the past two years.


“I am very proud to have been a part of the Creative Bedfordshire network since 2012. Establishing my own creative business in Bedfordshire would have been hard without it and having the opportunity to lead the network for Bedford Creative Arts as an associate producer over the past two years has allowed me to develop new skills and facilitate opportunity for others. The network is strong and full of great people. I am delighted to introduce Sam as the new producer of Creative Bedfordshire.”


Sam joins us with lots of fresh ideas and benefits from knowing the network well,

“Creative Bedfordshire has been a constant source of support throughout my development as an artist and I am really happy to be joining the team. I look forward to taking over the delivery for 2017-18 and continuing the excellent work that Sandra has been doing since taking on the role.”

Sam is busy planning delivery for 2017 – 2018 and will host his first event in September. If you would like to join the Creative Bedfordshire mailing list please email us on info@bedfordcreativearts.org.uk  with ‘Creative Bedfordshire’ in the subject heading.


About Creative Bedfordshire

If you work in the arts, run a creative business, are a freelance artist, actor, producer, maker or musician (or commission them), or are just curious, this network is for you.
By bringing together creative individuals and businesses, and supporting them with networking and professional development events, Creative Bedfordshire, helps to combat the isolation of independent business, to foster ideas and actions, and to create new collaborative relationships, all to the benefit of economic prosperity and cultural identity across Bedfordshire.

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