Where do we go from here?  

Ideas Test Director, Steph Fuller explains what our CPP funding means for the Ideas Test programme over the next three years.

Everyone at Ideas Test is delighted that we’ve been successful in bidding to Arts Council England for a further 3 years funding for our programme in Swale and Medway.  The new programme will start early in 2017 and run for a further three years until the beginning of 2020.

The brief for phase 2 was very much about focussing in on the most successful aspects of the programme and building on success.  We started in 2013 with a broad reach out to the whole community, now we’re concentrating on those groups and places where we can have the most impact on our key aim – to increase the number of people taking part in the arts three times a year or more.  This means more regular and sustained activities, rather than one-off experiments and a focus on our target groups of families, young people 14-25 and older people.  We will be looking at legacy from previous projects where there is potential to extend or create new opportunities.

There will be more Out of the Ordinary projects including two new commissions with Whitstable Biennale, and a large scale music project Playing to a Different Tune which will run for the whole three years, evolving as it goes.

We will continue to work with individuals and organisations we already know in the local area including our Community Catalysts, as well as developing new partnerships and networks.

Opportunities to feed into the programme with ideas, or to apply for commissions will be advertised to our mailing list as well as through Twitter and Facebook, so if you’re interested in getting involved sign up for the newsletter to make sure you receive all the details.

We couldn’t have achieved everything we’ve done in the first phase without all your input and support – please help us make the next three years a similar success!