Some of our earliest projects were unable to be blogged, as we concentrated on funding and getting people started on their creative journeys.
We’re rectifying that now, as we share details of seven of these innovative ideas to engage more people in their communities.
A Month of Sundays
Mark Loos, of the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership, commissioned Medway based experimental sound band, Hand of Stabs, to perform in unusual locations, bringing new audiences to places like Oare’s Gunpowder Works and Grain Fort, in a musical exploration of landmarks around the Medway Swale Estuary. Hailing from Rochester, Hand of Stabs are a three man muiscal collective, whose work draws inspiration from their exploration of local and often obscure landmarks. Using unusual instrumentation and homemade equipment they create an improvised soundscape, that takes its cue from the performance space’s unique history. A shortened mix of all the performances can be downloaded here.
Just before this amazing event began its ascent to superstardom as one of Medway’s most eclectic and finest evening’s out, original founders, Sam Froudist, Lisa Carpendale and Michelle Woodland had the foresight to drop a Small Experiment into us. Based in Rainham, the Cabaret Club received funding to host both intimate, theatre style cabaret evenings and larger events such as film screenings, workshops, tea dances and mini festivals.
Let’s Make Bugs
Deaf artist Christopher Sacre ran a series of art workshops for young deaf families, creating bugs, monsters and things from outer space!
River Voice Choir
Tamara Gummer wanted to build the skills and sustainability of the group, which culminated in a live performance in the St. George’s Centre, Chatham.
Singing Windows is a sound installation project for town centres, bringing together retailers, the general public and sound artist Robert Jarvis. Using Feonic audio technology, shop window fronts are able to function as loudspeakers capable of playing gentle sounds, affecting the street’s atmosphere and enticing the unsuspecting general public. In Rochester from 25 Oct 2013 – 18 Jan 2014. four Singing Windows were set up along the pedestrianised section of the High Street. A collection of different songbirds celebrating the ‘British’ songbird emanated from the participating retail outlets, with each ‘digital aviary’ reflecting the rhythms and atmospheres of the shops and their window displays.
Wheelie Good Times
Natalie Piper ran a family workshop combining art and bicycles, creating accessories and decorations for your bike using printmaking techniques.
Get Creative Medway
Xtina Lamb of Medway Fine Printmakers is setting up a creative directory for Medway, including a map and network for creative opportunities, helping people to find out what’s happening locally.