As we move into our new phase of CPP funding, we welcome a new member to our team. We say goodbye to Chloe and Joanne and welcome Kyra, our Audience Development Assistant. Sittingbourne resident, Kyra will be delivering our marketing and communications day to day. We asked her to tell us a little about herself…
You’re local to Ideas Test’s No.34, where did you grow up?
I’ve lived in Sittingbourne all my life. My family are local to the area as well. I studied at (what is now) Sittingbourne Community College, and Mid-Kent College in Maidstone. I also volunteer at a community radio station as a producer and radio DJ.
How did you find out about Ideas Test?
Walking into town you can’t help but see Ideas Test home at No.34. I’d pop in a couple of times and even took part in a pottery workshop in the summer. If anyone else is curious about No.34 I’d say please pop in, as everyone is open and friendly. Plus we all love to hear how creative Sittingbourne is.
What have been some cultural highlights for you in Swale and Medway?
I think ‘Chalk It Up’ has been great for the town. The optical illusion that was drawn on the pavement on Central Avenue was awesome. Some of the art is even a Pokestop on Pokemon Go!
I also saw Josie Long at the Avenue Theatre this year, which was a great intimate venue for a comedy gig.
I think the Makers Markets are amazing too, a great way for young creatives to get their creations out into the world. And Ideas Test have some great ideas for the coming year which, although they’re top secret at the moment, I can’t wait to tell you about!
Like everyone at Ideas Test you keep yourself busy with creative hobbies, what do you like to make?
I like to try and learn how to make new things all the time. I really love to doodle. I find it’s a great way for me to chill out. I also paint in acrylics. I’m drawn to bold, bright colours and acrylics is a great medium for that. I’m also a self-taught digital artist and learnt Photoshop and Illustrator by myself. In the future, I want to start making short films and possibly animation. Plus I’m a bit of a ‘techy’ – I made my own desktop computer a few years ago.