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

Sea Folk Sing Songwriter/Composer Commission 2019

Ideas Test are looking for 2 experienced songwriters/composers, and 2 emerging songwriters/composers aged 18-25 to create folk songs with people aged 55 and over in North Kent. The songs will be inspired by the area’s local and varied history and heritage, using the theme of social activism. Later in 2019 the songs will be arranged and… Continue Reading

Looking ‘Beyond the Marigolds’ with Moving Memory

Ideas Test’s Creative Producer Jane and intern Jade went to watch separate performances of the brilliant “Beyond The Marigolds” by Moving Memory. Here’s a review of the performance from Friday 2 December… It’s the first Friday in December and while many minds might turn to Christmas, over at the Gulbenkian thoughts were turning towards the past… Continue Reading

Now Showing: Old Hat Jazz Band at Criterion Blue Town

Now Showing is a partnership project with Applause Touring, who help community promoters bring quality live performances to village halls and outdoor community events across Kent and Sussex. We want to help people who run local spaces – including village halls and community centres – to put on performances such as music, dance, comedy or… Continue Reading

Art Transmission Exhibition Pops up

The Out of the Ordinary project, Art Transmission, is taking up residence in Pop, the creative space in Chatham, as part of its Technology and Science month. The exhibition features three community groups and the sound art they helped create. It opens today, running on the following dates: Thursday, 25th September Friday, 26th September Saturday,… Continue Reading