More Ideas Test Projects Funded for Swale & Medway

The Contrarian Librarians
The Contrarian Librarians




We had a great response to our second funding round, with lots of really interesting projects coming forward.  It’s great to see Swale and Medway rising to the challenge and coming up with inspiring ideas to create opportunities for people to get involved with the arts in lots of different ways.  The projects we funded this time are:



Small Experiments:

John Dargan: Sham Fever!  A one day laboratory bringing together artists and local people using projection and audio to create an immersive and interactive event in Faversham.
Mary Eddowes (Pestiferous): The Contrarian Librarians A series of performances in libraries using dance, comedy, physical theatre and poetry which will pop out of the shelves to surprise an unsuspecting audience.
Sam Froudist: The Cabaret Club.  Based in Rainham, the Cabaret Club will host both intimate, theatre style cabaret evenings and larger events such as film screenings, workshops, tea dances and mini festivals.
Medway Fine Printmakers: Get Creative Medway.  A Directory, map and network for creative opportunities helping people to find out what’s happening locally.
Natalie Piper: Wheelie Good Times.  A family workshop combining art and bicycles.  Create accessories and decorations for your bike using printmaking techniques.

Community Catalyst projects:

Margherita Gramegna: 51:zeroVoyager Two creative community events in Swale and Medway which will test the idea  of creating a festival as a collaborative effort embedded in the local community and share the learning from that process.
Debra McGee:  Time Bleeds – First Time In (working title).  With partners Violalab, the Royal Engineers Museum and Blue Town Heritage Centre, film making skills will be taught to local people enabling them to create new work to commemorate the First World War centenary inspired by the stories of real people captured in historical documentation.

Many thanks to our Decision Panel, who had to make the difficult judgements on what to fund this time.  The panel were:

  • Sarah Williams (Consortium organisation). Sarah lives in Medway and is Deputy Director of Swale CVS.
  • Natasha Steer (Community Catalyst Medway)  Natasha lives in Chatham and is the founder and Director of Creatabot – a developing mini arts organisation. Creatabot concentrates on supporting and promoting creative people and works primarily on community arts projects.
  • Griselda Mussett (Community Catalyst Swale)  Griselda lives in Faversham and amongst other things is a Trustee of the Faversham Creek Trust.
  • Laurie Harpum (Small Experiment grant recipient)  Laurie is a ceramicist who lives on the Isle of Sheppey.  She was awarded a grant in our first funding round for the LoveSheppeyX event.
  • Helen Grundy (Artistic Critical Friend) Helen is Creative Programme Manager for Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.  She leads a team working in creative partnerships with communities, cultural institutions and arts organisations to deliver a wide ranging programme of events across the city.

You can find out more about how the decision making process works on our blog.