We are pleased to announce BEETA – a new digital space for artists – thanks to its successful bid to the Leeds Tech Hub Fund.

What if artists, engineers, environmentalists, activists, technologists had a home? Where they could ponder, challenge, test and explore local issues and find creative solutions for a global environment together?

BEETA is a new collaboration between East Street Arts and Invisible Flock. We will develop new creative talent and drive meaningful interaction through multiple digital practices within Leeds. We want to link creatives to markets, accelerating business development and making accessible new and traditional technologies and facilities. BEETA will resemble a mix of Project Space, Studios, Lab and live/work space, showcasing Leeds as a great place for artists to digitally develop, be globally placed and be part of the city’s exciting artistic offer.

BEETA will interrogate the use of new and traditional techniques and technologies. It will create a space that will provide equipment, mentoring, guest lectures, workshops and one-to-one’s, all with a culture led focus. It will host a programme to encourage action and thinking around how these techniques can help new enterprise impact directly on the city and the global environment.

BEETA will promote a culture of equality built on cooperation, creativity, collaboration and trust, exploring how artists and makers can reimagine digital art practice with environmental impact at its core. BEETA will offer something to all ages and families.

Whilst we are going through the process of purchasing and renovating a home for BEETA we are kickstarting with BABY BEETA, a 2 month intensive residency test space for developing digital art practices funded by Arts Council England. It will take place throughout June and July in Leeds, based on the top floor of Patrick Studios, attracting artists from as far as Indonesia to help us shape what BEETA can look and feel like.

BABY BEETA will examine digital tools, techniques and practices and how it is possible to support artists to be leaders in innovation

Throughout BABY BEETA we will run a programme of events, workshops and meals, with an open invitation to join local, national, and international collaborators for conversations on the role of artists in the future economy and the development of the city.