An interview with Marissa Mardon

Marissa Mardon is a fine artist and the creator behind the exhibition Landing at Dawn, which will be on show throughout May and June. On the day she installed Landing at Dawn, Ideas Test invited Marissa to talk a little bit more about her new work. Could you talk a little bit about the process you… Continue Reading

Close up photograph of a latex art exhibition

An interview with Matt Bray and Wendy Daws

On March 10, Matt Bray and Wendy Daws hosted their Live Making event at No.34. Afterwards, Ideas Test invited Matt and Wendy to talk a little more about their collaborative exhibition, Material Conversations. You can hear more from Matt and Wendy by coming along on March 24 to Meet the Artists, from 1pm – 3pm. Has creating… Continue Reading

An Interview with Rosie Melville

Ideas Test sat down with exhibiting artist Rosie Melville to discuss her exhibition, Fragility and Tension, which is on display at No.34 until February 28. Ideas Test: Has creating the work for this exhibition inspired you to create any future work? Rosie Melville: Yeah, I think it has really because I did quite a few experiments leading… Continue Reading

Photo of handmade zines from Ideas Test's Zine Week 2016

Make A Zine

Fed up of social media? Wish everyone could be a bit kinder?   On Saturday 18th November between 11am to 2pm, we’ll show you how to Make-A-Zine – an 8 page foldy zine (or show us if you have the know-how)! We’ll bring the photocopier and paper, you bring the ideas, images & words… put… Continue Reading

Be kind written in chalk

Creating kindness for National Kindness Day

At Ideas Test we work a lot within different communities, which means we’re lucky enough to see acts of kindness being performed all the time: from artists kindly sharing their expertise and resources at drop-in workshops to participants encouraging friends to attend our events. Sometimes strangers are even kind enough to share tips with each… Continue Reading

View from No.34's window of Xtina Lamb's exhibition Sea Plastic Songlines

Coastal Connections with Xtina Lamb

This month’s exhibition is tactile in nature. It’s also focused on nature too. The work Xtina Lamb is exhibiting explores the diverse landscape of the Outer Hebrides, in particular the route between Stornoway and Uig. Kyra, Ideas Test’s Audience Development Assistant, sat down to talk to Xtina about the elements – both artistic and topographical… Continue Reading

Hanging exhibition of white embossed squares

Enbosu and starbusts with Wendy Daws

It’s incredibly fitting that the exhibition to follow on from Ted Hannaford’s is Enbosu. From the Japanese meaning ‘to emboss’, Wendy’s exhibition is certainly eye-catching (if you’ll excuse the pun) and is wonderfully tactile too. Wendy dedicates a lot of her time to community work but this body of work is all about Wendy Daws…. Continue Reading

Fabric pods on a shelf

Stitching the Unseen with Alison Blackburn

In July, experienced textiles artist Alison Blackburn (often referred to as The Stitchist) exhibited Seldom Seen at No.34. Seldom Seen is a display of pieces of work created by Alison as she developed a full body of work titled 28days, which she would later feature in group exhibition SICK! Living with invisible illness. Seldom Seen was, for all intents… Continue Reading