People Make the Place – Ideas Test’s 60 Second Stories premieres

Our short film People Make the Place has launched Creative People and Places60 Second Stories project.

Featuring people from our communities in Medway and Swale, it’s a look at the impact our work has had, and continues to make in those places.


Watch the video below or click here to watch on on YouTube



The film features:

Behind the film

Filming was by Swale production company Routestock. Recently they’ve made films for Theatre31. The founders of Routestock also run The Hot Tin, an arts venue and café based in an 1885 Victorian flat pack tin church in Faversham.

Animations in the film are from illustrator Greg Stobbs aka SquirlArt.

In 2020, Greg created the illustrated digital backdrops for Cbeebies Christmas Pantomime and gave a TED X talk on listening to children in order to rediscover wonder.

He’ll be illustrating his debut picture book, Don’t Ask the Dragon by poet Lemn Sissay, which will be published in 2022.

Filming locations were courtesy of Sun Pier House and Victoria Gardens in Chatham, Sheppey Healthy Living Centre at Sheerness.

Zoom footage and editing was by Ideas Test’s Kyra Cross.


60 Second Stories

The 60 Second Stories project is show the impact each Creative People and Places project has had on the places they are based in.

Ideas Test was one of the first Creative People and Place projects created in 2012 and now the network has expanded across England with 30 projects over 33 areas.

Creative People and Places is an Arts Council England funded initiative that focuses on parts of the country where involvement in arts and culture is significantly below the national average.

People Make the Place is not the only film being featured in the coming weeks on the Creative People and Places social media.  Keep an eye on their social media to hear more stories of how art can help change places.

Instagram: @cppstories
Twitter: @CPPNetwork

To find out more about Creative People and Places visit


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