Library as Laboratory



Library as Laboratory


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What’s happening down at your local library? If you’re in central Bedfordshire it might not be what you expect.

We are working on an exciting new major art commission in central Bedfordshire libraries called Library as Laboratory. Developed in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, the commission is an innovative collaboration between eight artists, six libraries and the people of central Bedfordshire.

Over the next two years the commission will explore the role of the library in our communities. As technology gives us access to knowledge 24 hours a day, will the way we use our library change? Libraries nurture our imaginations, support our learning and tell and create stories. What will they do in the future?

Our eight artists are working in a virtual laboratory, from Leighton Buzzard in the south of the county, to Biggleswade in the north, to find out what we think about the role of our library, and experiment, create new ideas and develop new projects together. Out of their research they will develop a series of collaborative artworks with the people of central Bedfordshire that re-imagine our libraries. From visual arts to music and new media, expect the unexpected. Our eight artists and the libraries will be inviting you to take part and join some fun projects.

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