Community Bloggers: Meet our interns

Ideas Test is committed to empowering people to live more creative lives, which can often mean supporting people to learn new skills. Over the last few months at Ideas Test our new interns Katie and Jade have been invaluable in supporting Ideas Test’s programme and promoting the Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration scheme whilst gaining valuable experience… Continue Reading

Our Creative Network is growing

Creative Network Manager Jon Pratty expands on our packed programme coming up at No.34… There’s a lot going on in the next month at #No34, the Ideas Test space on Sittingbourne High Street, and much of it concerns creative business development, digital education classes and creative skills using new tech. Wherever you go these days,… Continue Reading

Operation Black Antler needs you!

Exciting Opportunity to Take Part in Production from BAFTA Award-Winning Artists Group! You might have heard about our latest exciting opportunity to be part of the cast for a site-specific immersive theatre production coming to Medway. Ideas Test has co-commissioned BAFTA award winning Blast Theory and celebrated immersive theatre company Hydrocracker to collaborate in a new… Continue Reading

An experience out of the ordinary

Joanne Matthews, Marketing Coordinator & Interim Programme Producer for Ideas Test’s Out of the Ordinary Places programme, reflects on her experience of working with four communities in North Kent to create new arts projects. From October to December 2015, Ideas Test’s flagship programme, Out of the Ordinary Places (OOTO Places) invited people in Strood, Isle of… Continue Reading

Now Showing is expanding

Now in its second year, our rural touring programme Now Showing presents high quality live performances in community venues across Swale & Medway – from clowning inspired by Chekhov to children’s contemporary dance. At the core of the programme are partnerships: with Applause and South East Dance and – most importantly – the amazing network… Continue Reading

Patrick Cantellow on entrepreneurship & empowering young people in Swale

Starting a business has certainly been an alien world to me, and without the support of endless Googling and my experience with working with charities it would not have been possible. If only there was a group of other like minded and knowledgable individuals who could have helped me. Well, that’s what we’re up to!… Continue Reading

BBC Get Creative Day @No.34

2 April, 11am – 3pm @ No.34 BBC Get Creative Day is a day dedicated to celebrating creativity – whether you’re a professional artist or a hobbyist it’s all about taking part in the creative activity that you enjoy.  Ideas Test has teamed up with Wide Eyed Theatre who invite you to a story exchange on 2 April…. Continue Reading

Museums & Artists working: Video & Manifesto

Video by Gordon Lamont The ‘Museums and Artists Working Together’ learning day was a unique opportunity to bring two cultural sectors together for an open dialogue. The aim of the day was to create a set of Museums and Artists rules (or manifesto), based on our shared knowledge, which lists codes of professional practise for future museums… Continue Reading