Ideas Test is made up of a small but dedicated group of specialist staff and volunteers - some of which are local, some from further afield, all sharing a real passion for arts and creativity.
Lucy Medhurst, Director
Lucy Medhurst is a senior professional with a visual arts background and an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Sussex. Lucy was formerly Strategic Manager for Artswork in Kent and both Interim Director and Head of Learning at Stour Valley Arts, a forest based NPO. Lucy is a strong advocate for creative education, place-based commissioning and co curation. Lucy has extensive experience of partnership working and over 25 years experience of working in the cultural sector in Kent.
Lucy is usually at No.34 five days a week.
Contact Lucy to:
- Discuss sponsorship, funding, partnership and community engagement
Bethan Tomlinson, Touring & Operations Manager
Bethan trained as a performer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1995. She has had 17 years experience of founding and running Kent based theatre company Strangeface. She also established the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival and worked as a co-ordinator for a strategic, national group of arts leaders.
At Ideas Test Bethan works as a Programmer for community performance events and supports the Director with budget overview and team/building management.
Beth is usually at No.34 three days a week.
Contact Bethan with:
- Theatre/dance/live art programme submissions
- Suggestions for community activities
- Artist/Third Sector CPD ideas/requests
- Questions about working at No.34
Cassandra Gibbs, Programme & Finance Coordinator
As Programme & Finance Coordinator, Cassandra spends her days looking after the whole team, the office and overseeing the No.34 building. She manages the Ideas Test calendar and puts processes in place to make everything as organised as possible!
Cassandra manages the volunteers and work experience students who spend time with the programme, leads on data reporting to our funders, Arts Council England, and monitors day to day finance.
Cassandra is usually at No.34 five days a week.
Contact Cassandra with:
- Hiring rooms and spaces at No. 34
- Volunteering / Work Experience
- General questions about Ideas Test
Daisy Orton, Producer
Daisy is a theatre-maker, performer, and producer. After graduating from university in 2006, she set up Accidental Collective, creating a wide range of performances and participatory events for theatres and public spaces. As well as running the company, Daisy collaborates with other artists, and has taught on the Drama and Theatre Studies degree at the University of Kent for the past 5 years.
Daisy is the Producer at Ideas Test. She works closely with Lucy, Bethan and Kevin to plan and deliver events and activities at No. 34, and across Swale and Medway.
Daisy is usually at No.34 five days a week.
Contact Daisy with:
- General enquiries about Ideas Test
- Questions about events and activities at No. 34 (including exhibitions, Young at HeArt, drop-in workshops) and off-site performances/events.
- Enquiries about making connections between local people/organisations and Ideas Test.
Jack Finch-Harding, Youth Programme Manager
Jack trained as an actor at East 15 Acting school, graduating in 2011. Jack has worked as an Actor, Director, Agent and drama workshop facilitator. Having enjoyed many different aspects of the industry Jack found himself continually being excited by the work that he was doing with Young people. This has led him to Ideas Test.
At Ideas Test Jack is the Youth programme Manager and oversees all the work with young people.
Jack is usually at No.34 five days a week.
Contact Jack with:
- Questions about the Youth Programme
- Arts Award support requests
Jade Joseph, Programme Assistant
As Programme Assistant, I help out with various parts of the organisation including administrative support and content creation. I started as an intern and now work with Ideas Test four days a week.
Jade is usually at No.34 four days a week. She can be contacted via email about:
- Any opportunities or events you would like included in our monthly Instagram magazine.
Kyra Cross, Audience Development Officer
Kyra delivers our day to day marketing and communications, everything from social media to design and newsletters.
Kyra has lived in Sittingbourne all her life, studying at (what is now) Sittingbourne Community College, and Mid-Kent College in Maidstone. She also volunteered at a local community radio station as a producer and radio DJ.
She’s also a self-taught digital artist and hopes to start making short films and possibly animation in the future.
Kyra is usually at No.34 five days a week.
Contact Kyra with:
- Marketing enquiries
- Press content requests
- Community networking
Gordon Lamont, Freelance Film-maker
Gordon is a freelance producer, actor, writer and trainer. He has worked for a range of organisations including Discovery Channel Learning, the Actors Centre and the BBC. Gordon lives in Sittingbourne and enjoys running workshops with Ideas Test and making short films with Ideas Test about our Programming and impact.
Gordon is not based at No. 34.
Contact Gordon with