Luton is not an obvious cultural centre but its population does represent a rich blend of different traditions. The Artezium arts centre consciously set out to provide facilities which would encourage these to develop and interact, fostering cultural life from the wishes, ambitions and potential of its community rather than imposing standard cultural norms.
Participation is as important as observation. So the dance studio has configurations for audience and stage or group activities, and the central courtyard can be either a performance space or an area for mingling. Both are enlivened by a large artwork by Tim Head made from car reflectors, a reference to Luton's main industry. Similarly the range of TV studios and editing suites allows participants to perform in, make and present programmes - even to screen them in the cinema. There is also a gallery for travelling exhibitions, and the possibility of a nightclub to generate revenue.