Hopes & Dreams: Community Lanterns for The Pentagon Centre

In late 2020 and early 2021, we teamed up with local artist Xtina Lamb to bring the light of Hopes & Dreams to The Pentagon Centre in Chatham.

With help from an online video tutorial, people from across Medway created panels for lanterns from everyday items most of us have at home – plastic shopping bags.

Hopes & Dreams was originally created to be in-person workshops that recycled people’s plastic shopping bags into colourful festive decorations.

Plans changed in 2020, and we decided that this would be a great project for people to while we were all in Lockdown.

The theme Hopes & Dreams was a look towards brighter days, no matter what that means to you.


How you could part:

You could take part by

  • Downloading an activity sheet
  • With an Activity Pack
  • Watching Xtina’s How-To video

Finished panels could be dropped off – contact free – via Intra Arts in Rochester and Nucleus Arts Hub in Chatham


Hopes & Dreams Activity Packs

Hopes & Dreams ‘How-to’ Sheets created and riso printed by artist Xtina Lamb. Each Activity Pack had a sheet included.


Xtina also createdΒ  Activity Packs for anyone in Medway without internet access including families, people aged 55+ or those self-isolating due to medical issues.

Each pack contained;

  • Plastic recycled from shopping bags
  • Xtina’s ‘How-To’ sheet
  • Glue Stick
  • Safety scissors

The Panels

People from across Medway used their Activity Packs, the How-To video and worksheets to make lanterns at home. Xtina then took all the pieces and joined them to make large lanterns.

Among the people who joined in were students from The Will Adams Centre in Gillingham.


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The Lanterns

to hang in The Pentagon Shopping Centre in Central Chatham.

Not only were the finished lanterns seen by many people during their essential shopping trips, but also by the hundreds of people who received their Covid-19 vaccines from NHS Staff on the first floor.

Our friends at Arches Local, based upstairs at The Pentagon Centre, were also big fans of the lanterns.



You can see some of the wonderful panels across social media by searching the hashtag #HADPentagon.



Ideas Test would like to thank Xtina Lamb, Medway Council, Chatham Town Centre Forum, The Pentagon Shopping Centre and Nucleus Arts for all their help and support on this project.


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