Happy New Year theatre makers, live artists, circus performers and musicians! Have you got a big idea for a micro project? If so we would love to hear from you for a new commission opportunity this year.
Since we opened the doors at Number 34 a year ago Ideas Test has hosted a series of exhibitions, workshops and residencies. Due to the intimate size of the rooms, most of this programme has been from visual artists, although some have crossed disciplines. In December we worked with Simon Martin whose photographs of local residents were influenced by their conversations and exhibited with a written portrait of their shared home. At Christmas we combined a glass slide painting workshop with a Magic Lantern show from Art Of The Magic Lantern.
Where we have been able to support performances in the past we have been able to seed fund work that has gone on to real sustainable success. In 2014 Dizzy O Dare and Strangeface Theatre Company were awarded Small Commission funds for their Family Arts Festival focused work. These shows played in libraries, cafes and in the street. Now both organisations have taken their performances to festivals, conferences, a huge variety of places and received development funds from schemes such as Applause Outdoors and Arts Council England.
Tania Holland of Davy Jones Locker is another example of work Ideas Test has previously funded. Tania and her ensemble have taken contemporary classical music into people’s living room in order to “set up a conversation, to get people to share a vocabulary about new music”. There is a full case study on the Creative People Places website. During performances she embraces the uniquely close relationship with the audience and actively encourages them to think about their contribution to the events by talking freely about their responses and sharing different opinions of the performers about their programme.
Following the announcement of our second phase of funding we want to work with performers again to reimagine our shop in Sittingbourne and work with partners in familiar spaces for audiences across Swale and Medway. We have £5000 to award to a project or residency for a successful practitioner/s in order to create and show work at 34 High Street and run further performances in community spaces such as town or village halls, shopping centres, shops or cafes.