Test Beds, call for artists’ proposals



Test Beds, call for artists’ proposals


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This is a rolling programme, so there will be further calls over the next two years.

For this initial commission, artists need to be available to work from February through to April/May 2014

Deadline for submissions: Thursday 23rd January 2014, 12 noon GMT

TEST BEDS is a new programme which aims to develop artists work in social settings and enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on imaginative creative projects. The aim of these commissions is to encourage new and meaningful creative collaborations between artists and people.

This commission is open to artists from any artform discipline and can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts but must have a focus on creativity for wellbeing, engaging with people who may be isolated or vulnerable.

This is an opportunity for artists and community groups to develop new relationships, test new ideas and explore the possibilities of collaborative working. We expect there to be an artwork produced as an outcome of this commission.


The Central Bedfordshire town of Dunstable and its surrounding area has been chosen as the location for this commission.


The time frame for this commission is approximately three months. Once the partnership with the social setting has been established we expect the artist to devise a workshop model that enables genuine collaborative making, resulting in a new artwork.


There is a fee of £3,000, plus £2,000 for materials and all expenses.

This assumes three days R&D, ten days delivery / collaborative working with the specified group, and two days for the public outcome of the commission.



To apply please email:

  • Your proposal, on no more than 2 sides of A4.
  • Your CV and examples of previous relevant work, including evidence of your experience both in working with people and in the production of high quality artistic outcomes.


Your proposal should include:

  • An indication of who you would like to collaborate with and how you intend to engage them.
  • An outline of what you expect to do during the commission – what activities will be delivered and how will they lead to the creation of a new artwork?

We understand that all proposals will be indicative, and subject to change and development through the collaborative process.

We are happy to receive proposals in other formats, e.g. video or audio files, or web-based applications, as long as the criteria above is covered in full.


For further information or an informal discussion before submitting your proposal please contact Dawn Giles on 01234 818670, dawng@bedfordcreativearts.org.uk.

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