Revoluton

People-powered project supporting and encouraging creativity in Luton
Artonik Colour of Time for Luton Creates.
Artonik Colour of Time for Luton Creates.
Photo: Ben Hodson
Nutknut at Bury Park, Luton. Revoluton
Nutknut at Bury Park, Luton. Revoluton
Photo: Courtesy of Revoluton
People Power Passion. Justice 39. Revoluton
People Power Passion. Justice 39. Revoluton
Photo: Greta Zabulyte
Producers' Hub. Celebrate Luton. Revoluton
Producers' Hub. Celebrate Luton. Revoluton
Photo: Tessa Neale
Long Table at Marsh Farm. Revoluton
Long Table at Marsh Farm. Revoluton
Photo: Aleksandra Warchol

Where: Luton
With: Luton Borough Council, University of Bedfordshire, Culture Trust, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Volker Fitzpatrick

Revoluton Arts aims to connect Luton’s diverse communities through grassroots creativity. Exploring the idea that “everyone has a story to tell”, we shine a light on Luton’s creativity, develop local creative talent, and build a sense of ownership and agency in Luton’s cultural scene.

The current Revoluton programme includes:

  • Large-scale, spectacular outdoor event commissions
  • Residencies in Marsh Farm, Bury Park and with young people
  • The Luton Producers’ Hub in partnership with 1degreeEast that enables creatives at a range of levels to access to CPD, mentoring and long-term support from the best producers in the country
  • Kickstarter Mini Commissions — Investment into local creatives to try new ideas and reach new audiences
  • The Matrix — An online networking space that brings together creatives to inspire new work across the town
  • Creative Cafés — Events for local creatives to learn from expert guest speakers and come together to talk about their work

Key to our work are our residencies. By embedding ourselves deeply in hyper-local communities, we build understanding and trust that lets us work with citizens to co-author creative programmes that respond to the unique voice of Luton’s different communities. We invite residency animators — eg national arts companies, individual artists, producers or collectives — to help uncover the stories and creative talent in each area and the work we do here feeds into other areas of our programme, deepening citizens’ engagement in arts and creativity.

Our Producers’ Hub reflects our long-term commitment to developing local creative talent and creating sustainability. Developed in partnership with 1DegreeEast, it offers Luton creatives access to world-class producer skills, enabling local creative talent to flourish, encourage inward investment, and create programmes of work that are resonant and reflective of Luton’s diverse communities.

We are helping to build a strong, collaborative creative community that reaches new audiences. Our Kickstarter Mini Commissions are small investments that give local creatives the opportunity to test out new ideas and reach new audiences, while the Matrix is our online networking space for creatives, connecting Luton’s creative community in its broadest sense — from buskers to Creative Citizens — being a place where people can create profiles, share their projects, and promote or discover creative opportunities.