Ideas Test – Seed Commissions 2020

Update: This opportunity has now closed.

We will announce the successful Seed Commission artists very soon.


We are offering six small seed commissions specifically for diverse artists and/or community-based groups based in or working in Medway and Swale who want to work with one or more of the following groups: 

  • People who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or Non-Binary (LGBTQ+)
  • People who are Disabled
  • People who are socially isolated
  • People from other marginalised groups and communities  

These are opportunities to create or research artworks that reflect this challenging moment in time.  The work should open conversations and collaborations to imagine a shared future and new ways of being. 

We are actively encouraging expressions of interest from new young artists from within these communities and those with a genuine interest in working closely with those people in our communities to co-create. 

We are offering up to £400 commissions x 6 to include all expenses.

We will also offer some support and mentoring to the successful individuals/groups.


With thanks to Arts Council England and the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust.


Why are we doing this?

Equality and Diversity are at the heart of the Ideas Test Vision statement:

“Ideas Test works to create a vibrant arts ecology in Swale and Medway that involves the full diversity of local communities and brings new opportunities to celebrate the area.”

Our Mission is to enable and support communities to live more creative lives, 

To do this Ideas Test works to:

  • encourage productive partnerships and sustainable networks that support community cohesion and ongoing creative development
  • enhance the quality of people’s lives using collaboration to support and celebrate the rich diversity and history of the area 
  • remove barriers to participation in a creative life, regardless of age, class, race, sexual orientation, neurodiversity or disability of any kind
  • develop the creative workforce and the potential of individuals as artists, participants and organisations

Our intention is to promote positive diversity and equality practices in our workplace and across our programme so that we remove barriers to people taking part in our activities. We also work strategically to reach those most marginalized locally so they can benefit from what we do.


How To Apply

Please send your Expression of Interest including:

  • Name
  • Contact details
  • Your idea
    (no more than 350 words)
  • The medium you want to work in
    (which can be any medium e.g. photography, film, poetry)
  • Where in Swale/Medway you propose to work and who with
  • How you propose to use the funds, including a timeline
    (no more than 6 months from awarding of funds)
  • How this will support your work /practice/community to make positive change

Feel free to include any relevant web links or other information.


Email your expression of interest to

The deadline is 5 pm, Monday 6th July. 

If you have access needs or want to schedule a brief call about your idea please contact Tracy by email or call 07713 865955.

The shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email and the final selection will be made by a panel of community champions.


About Arts Council England

Arts Council England logo

Arts Council England (ACE) was set up in 1946, by Royal Charter, to champion and develop art and culture across the country. They receive Government funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and are governed by an Executive Board and National and Area Councils.



About Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust

Colyer-Fergusson Trust logoThe trust was set up in 1969 to support charitable causes in Kent. Over the years, the Trust’s overarching aim has been to improve the lives of people in Kent and in particular those who are most disadvantaged.