Students to transform Ideas Test in Sittingbourne High Street

Three fine art students from the University will see their concepts for a community arts space in Sittingbourne High Street come to fruition in June.

The students were awarded £5,000 from U+I, an organisation specialising in the regeneration of overlooked and underestimated urban places, to realise proposals for the Ideas Test building at No.34, after presenting their proposals last year.

Maria Bogatyreva, Angel Obi and Jordan Colbert researched Ideas Test and similar arts organisations to develop their concepts, which will be in place from 17 June-8 July.

Plans include the transformation of the plate glass windows of the former shop space into a projected touch screen across which huge fingertips move, leaving light trails of ‘human data’.

Soundscapes that use transducers to transform the windows into speakers will project sound into the high street and a trail of interactive paint splashes will lead visitors directly from the pavement into the arts centre.

Peter Hatton, Director of Fine Art at the University’s School of Music and Fine Art, said: ‘This is an example of good practice in teaching, individual student practice and research, hand in hand with professional development.’

Ideas Test is funded by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places fund. The fund aims to support people to experience and be inspired by the arts, irrespective of where they live and their social, educational or financial circumstances.