Out of the Ordinary Places (OOTO Places) is an Ideas Test programme working in four areas of North Kent where commissioned artists created projects shaped by people and place. Developed to support more people to get involved in the arts, four new projects took place in Iwade, Sittingbourne, Strood and the Isle of Grain. OOTO Places explores how local residents and artists can co-create new and experimental work that reimagines and challenges perceptions of place and in turn raises wider social and political questions.
From October to December 2015, OOTO Places invited people in Strood, Isle of Grain, Sittingbourne and Iwade in North Kent to participate in new artist-lead projects in their local area. At the core of OOTO Places was a call to action, asking local residents to collaborate with artists and each other to shape their projects by taking part in discussions, workshops and performances. From guided walks steeped in historical tradition to designing monumental billboards; VJ workshops exploring the politics of partying to creating a new subversive pantomime.
This website archives the outcomes of OOTO Places and new commissioned work by Ruth Ewan, Mikhail Karikis, Richard Houguez and Lucy Joyce. Go to the Places & Projects page to explore the work.
Four community-led advisory groups will work alongside the selected artist(s) in each location to broaden access to the work by creating opportunities for local people to find out more and to get involved.
For more information on the groups we’ve been working with, please visit the Places pages.