About Us

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Little Red Arts trading as Little Red Creative Studios CIC

About Little Red Arts

If you know the old fable of The Little Red Hen you will get an understanding of how Little Red got its name.

After years of planning and dreaming of my own art studio I came across many challenges, reaching out for help along the way but only I realised my dream could be a reality, people were sceptical of the arts and suggested I get a real job, a proper job; and when I reached out for help I got the “not I” response just like the Little Red Hen. Frequently deflated by this response and circumstances detracting me from this particular ambition the process was delayed for many years. During those years I continued to plant the seeds while working as a freelance artist, ultimately being an established artist was the main goal and I found that the work I was creating for schools didn’t require me to have a studio at all, so all was well.

In the back of my mind though I still visualised this buzzing arts centre where all arts forms were bouncing off each other in one central hub, I remembered the Little Red Hen and her powerful words “I’ll do it myself”

Again I reached out for partners to progress this idea and I did eventually find two business partners who were vital to the development of Little Red Creative Studios, however they had other ambitions and so their commitment although valuable, was short lived and so The Little Red Hen spoke to me once again “I’ll do it myself” and so I continued with the vision alone. 

Little Red Arts has undergone some changes in the past year and has seen a more diverse flow of activity and a huge amount of public support and is now a thriving, established, grassroots centre and hub for the arts in Luton. 

The main purpose of the business is to provide a space for all arts, for artists and performers to practice, rehearse and and deliver their arts in all their glorious forms.

Little Red was established to meet the lack of provisions for the arts and to provide an alternative live music venue for the arts community of Luton.

The venue is deliberately created to offer a wide range of events and activity and are always open to new ideas, so get in touch and let’s see what magic unfolds.

Don’t wait for others to realise your dreams, only you can create your vision so, don’t wait, create… do it for you!

Luton has suffered many losses in the past decade to the night life and music scene causing all kinds of commotion in the town centre and causing unlike minded people to be crammed into the same venues week in week out. Many local artists feel they don’t have a space to create and meet other creatives in a safe environment. This is where Little Red have been able to provide a welcoming and friendly option

Since opening our doors in 2018 we have had the pleasure of hosting a multitude of successful events.

Many of our events are low key, we are not a pub or night club and do not have the desire to be but are now a fully licensed alternative venue hosting evets for Little Reds members.

These are just a handful of the events we have hosted at Little Red:

Love Jam. An interactive ladies’ art night developed by Kerry Duggan.

Guest artist led a demonstration and the group created wonderful pieces of art, DJ Kandi payed soulful music throughout the evening.

Soul Pub Quiz with Soulvation Radio. Test your music knowledge with this interactive and very well put together quiz.

Soul Food Poetry. Mathew Yamfam tours the world with the SFP family and we were honored to host this very special and intimate event. An intimate evening of spoken word, poetry and and local musicians

Feel The Vibe presented by Michelle Pendergast, aka DJ Just Miche.

DJ sets of House Music, dancing and licensed bar until late.

Private parties. Little Red takes many enquiries for private party bookings, we are proud of our intimate and friendly spot and happy that the local community are keen to use it for their special events.

Extinction Rebellion hosted a film night where guests watched a David Attenborough film on Climate Change.

Lavz Live. Lavz is an exceptionally talented young performer from Luton who has been touring the country with BBC introducing. She tried to book other venues for her EP launch but was turned away due to her age and music genre (urban)

Lavz event was one of the best and most successful at Little Red, she showcased 7 other young local singers on the night, offering this platform to our young talented artists that would otherwise struggle to perform live and be heard publicly.

Leonora Soul. Live band playing reggae and soul classics, another successful evening of live entertainment

Boutique Soul. DJs playing soul and R&B a more mature crowd of over 30’s

Vandalism Begins at Home

VBAH four local live bands came together to do a fundraiser event for Little Red in show their support for the venue, a wildly exciting night of live music.

This is just a selection and post Covid 19 we will look forward to hosting you once more

Arts Council England have been key to our survival during the Covid 19 pandemic funding Little Reds running costs during the lockdown period. They have also funded the following artists and projects that have been hosted and supported by Little Red Arts:

Shemiza Rashid- The Mother Monologues

Imrana Mahmood- Dar Arminah

Sophie Gresswell –  Luton Journeys

Colour The Town – Fun Palace Luton

Luton and Bedfordshire Community Fund.

LBCF Supported our initial start- up, funding Little Red to get the building up to safety standards and then again to support the growth of the business development.

The Culture Trust

Luton Borough Council

Revoluton Arts

Test Beds – Luton University

Youth Network

NGYT

BBC film

ITV news

Jazzcotec – Perry Louis

Jordan Thomas – World Karate Champion

Kadam International Dance academy

Phoenix Starr Dance Academy

Pascal School of Dance

Dusna Chauhan Bollywood Dance

House of Absolute – Julia Cheng

Soul Food Poetry

Lavz – BBC introducing artist

The Alternative Art Market