Published: Monday, 1st November 2021

We're working with arts charity Ideas Test to help the next generation of event makers and creators in Medway with their new Make Waves creative career programme.

Make Waves gives people in Medway aged 18 to 25 a foot in the door of the creative industries and help them start out on a career path like no other. 

The programme will develop skills to boost their CVs, give them opportunities to meet and talk with industry professionals. It will also give them hands-on experience of large scale arts projects in Medway, including the upcoming Light Nights festival in February 2022.

Now is a great time to move into a creative career, with Medway being named as Arts Council England’s 54 Priority Places.

Providing young people with opportunities to break into creative industries 

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We are pleased to be an important partner in the Make Waves programme which will provide young people with opportunities to break through into creative industries. Medway is home to a diverse range of creatives and this exciting project supports Medway’s cultural strategy, which is being delivered by Creative Medway, as well as our aspiration to become a Child-Friendly City, putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do. I would encourage young creatives to find out more about the programme.”

Investing in local young people

Bryony Farrant-Davis, Ideas Test’s Youth Development Manager says of Make Waves, said: “We’re delighted to be leading the delivery of this new programme investing in local young people and their futures at the heart of the creative industries in Medway. Working in arts and events is an exciting career path, but one that can be tricky to find ‘your way in to.’ We’re really looking forward to providing a group of local young creatives with such a sustained period of industry insight, mentoring and 121 support to put them in the driving seat as they start their creative careers.”

Bryony will be hosting a Taster Day at Mid Kent College’s Gillingham Campus on Monday, 8 November between 3pm to 5pm where you can find out more about the project and sign up.

If you can’t make the Taster Day you can find out more about Make Waves and apply before 22 November 2021. You can also contact Bryony by email or leave a message on 07387 842524.

Make Waves is a Creative Estuary Co-Commission, funded and supported by Creative Estuary, Medway Council, Kent County Council and Theatre 31.

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