A set of three photos. The first shows artist Chloe Cooper writing a letter. The second is of Chloe looking out at The River Thames and high-rise tower blocks in Thamesmead. The third is Chloe drawing a picture of the tower blocks.

Chloe Cooper’s blog: Grahame the Postman

In 2020, artist Chloe Cooper was due to visit Sheppey to find out more about the Island and what it’s like to live there as part of the Pull Up A Chair artist’s residencies with Quiet Down There . Of course, we all know what happened next – but pandemics and lockdowns didn’t keep Chloe… Continue Reading

Job Opportunity: Youth Development Manager

We’re looking for a Youth Development Manager to join Ideas Test. You’ll be joining us at a pivotal point in our journey. In 2020 we became a Charitable Interest Organisation and this year ‘novated’ meaning we are now an independent arts organisation leading on the Creative People and Places programme for Medway and Swale. We… Continue Reading

Sea Folk Sing shortlisted for Hearts For The Arts award 2021

Sea Folk Sing has been shortlisted for the National Campaign for the Arts‘ (NCA) Hearts For The Arts Awards 2021. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities who are championing the arts against all odds. Sea Folk Sing was the 2-year project we co-produced with SparkedEcho. It brought together people over the age… Continue Reading

Seed Commissions 2020: Hannah Whittaker’s Drawing On Wisdom – Mollie’s Story

In Summer 2020, we put out a call for artists and community groups to apply for our Seed Commissions – a way we could support local artists and community groups to get new creative projects off the ground and to try something new in Medway and Swale. One of the projects chosen was artist Hannah… Continue Reading

Lighting up Medway’s Hopes & Dreams at The Pentagon Centre

Ideas Test and Chatham-based artist Xtina Lamb are helping Medway bring the light of Hopes & Dreams to The Pentagon Centre this holiday season. In a year that has seen many changes and challenges, local arts organisation Ideas Test wants to team up with ordinary – and extraordinary – people in Medway to create lanterns… Continue Reading

Q&A with GTown Talents – Part two

One of the Seed Commission projects we’re supporting in 2020 is from Kent-based Music Organisation, GTown Talents’ ‘It’s Peak’. If you missed Part One of our Q & A with Jimmy from GTown Talents you can read it here: https://ideastest.org.uk/q-and-a-with-gtown-talents-1/     In Part Two, GTown Talents tell us about their passion for supporting young… Continue Reading

How to apply to Stacy Makishi’s Live Art Social (distance) Club

We know that applying to things can be scary, so before Halloween, we’re taking the anguish out of applications. In this guide, we’ll tell you how to apply to Stacy Makishi’s Social (distance) Art Club – one of Live Art Development Agency‘s (or LADA) DIY 2020 workshops by artists, for artists. Beware – You only… Continue Reading