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HAPPEN was set up to develop the use of the arts in addressing community objectives in Bedfordshire. It is initially a three year programme running between 2005 and 2008.

Artist Selection

HAPPEN proposes four different approaches to commissioning artists for the public realm. The choice of approach will generally be guided by the size of the commission. In general, HAPPEN believes in following Equal Opportunities practice in the appointment of artists: in addition to the ethical considerations, this approach is more likely to result in the best possible artist being selected. However, we also recognise that a strict Equal Opportunities approach is not workable for small-scale commissions.

Once a decision to appoint is made, HAPPEN also explores ways by which communities and other local artists (often those that are enrolled on our Artist Development Programme) can work alongside the lead artist, learn new skills or enhance their professional practice through live project experience.

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