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 of experience working in the cultural sector in Kent.
Lucy works at Ideas Test three days a week.
Contact Lucy to:
- Discuss sponsorship, funding, partnership and community engagement
Tracy Brunt, Deputy Director
After an education first in art history, then practice from the University of Sussex and Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design, Tracy worked for theatre companies and arts centres in London for 20 years. These included Graeae Theatre Company, Half Moon and the Albany in Deptford. She has seen how creativity and the arts changes lives.
Since moving to Kent, she has worked for local authorities, charities and freelance clients – specialising in arts development, fundraising and outdoor events.
Pedro Vaz, Youth Programme Manager
Pedro Vaz is an applied theatre practitioner working in community participation and emotional engagement. He is originally from Portugal where he was the Joaquim d’Almeida Theatre Director. In the UK, he completed his MA in Applied Theatre at Central (RCSSD). As an Artist-Facilitator, he has worked at The Vaults, Theatre 503, Gulbenkian Theatre and Studio3Arts. More recently, he has been working in the UK and internationally as a Project Manager within arts programmes for youth, education and social inclusion – DreamArts London, Cardboard Citizens, AFTEC Hong Kong, ICAF Rotterdam, and comuArt Barcelona.
He loves his bike, dogs, hugs and the sea.
Sarah Davies, Producer, Project Manager: Sea Folk Sing (2019)
Sarah is a Producer at Ideas Test. She plans events and activities across community venues in Medway and Swale.
She was the Project Manager of Sea Folk Sing in 2019.
Sarah works three days a week.
Contact Sarah with:
- General enquiries about Ideas Test
- Questions about events, activities and performances (including exhibitions, drop-in workshops).
- Enquiries about making connections between local people/organisations and Ideas Test.
- Enquiries about 2019s Sea Folk Sing.
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 works at Ideas Test five days a week.
Contact Kyra with:
- Marketing enquiries
- Press content requests
- Community networking