Ideas Test

Ideas Test

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Ideas Test is an arts organisation working hand in hand with communities in Swale & Medway empowering them to live more creative lives.
Ideas Test is about offering people creative opportunities in their neighbourhood. We use arts and creativity to help people develop new skills and make their area a more attractive place to live and work. Ideas Test is for people who would like to get more involved in the arts and want our help to do so: audiences and participants; community organisations, promoters and event organisers who want to make their local community a better place; and artists and creative professionals who want to create great work in partnership with our communities.

Ideas Test started life in 2012 when a group of Swale & Medway-based individuals and organisations – passionate about the value of arts and culture – formed a consortium led by Swale CVS to apply for funding from Arts Council England’s Creative People & Places programme. When that application was successful, Ideas Test became one of the first seven Creative People & Places projects in areas of England where people have fewer opportunities to get involved in the arts. Ideas Test became a charity in its own right in June 2020 and is based in Medway.


Ideas test cocreates arts and cultural projects and co-commissions involving local people of all ages, ethicities and backgrounds.  These range from small scale workshops to large scale festivals that inspire pride in place, enthusiasm and engagement with and experience of art in all its forms.  Recent and current work has included a parkscape sculpture co-commission, music workshops with older people, a young producers programme and a festival lantern parade

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