Medway Eyes has been going for well over a year now and has achieved a lot. We’ve had three exhibitions, one of which broke all attendance records for the Brook Theatre Gallery.
We’ve put on numerous gigs with our friends at the Barge to raise a modest amount of money for Oxjam.
We’ve released a compilation album to international acclaim. That made money for Oxjam and Amnesty.
We’ve campaigned for photographers’ rights and had the Independent come to make a film with us.
We’ve invested a lot of time and effort in trying to engage with Medway Council and Medway Renaissance on their own dysfunctional terms to try to influence the regeneration machinery. Unfortunately, that was a non-starter, which is why we rejected their Kafkaesque nonsense and took to the streets instead. We will be continuing to highlight neglect and destruction and campaigning to have the self-serving cultural vandals voted out of office when the time comes.
We’ve been invited into places of higher education and have delighted in meeting the brilliant people we met there.
We’ve dealt with the local press. We especially like Alan Watkins.
We’ve played and attended hundreds of gigs. Every single one has been more real and engaging than a middle of the road snoozefest at Rochester Castle will ever be.
We are constantly amazed and overwhelmed by the talent that Medway has, and we want to promote it.
We do not receive funding. We are not for profit. We are creatively and financially independent.
We’ve had dozens of brilliant, enthusiastic contributors, but we’ve now grown to the point where our small administrative team needs to expand. This is where you can help. If you have an idea for a creative project, premises that could be used for exhibitions or rehearsals, legal knowledge, writing skills, a flair for PR, DIY skills, publishing knowledge or anything else that you think could help to expand an already successful collective into a culturally valuable, grass-roots up creative community then please come and have a pint with us.
We’ll be meeting at the Nag’s Head pub in Rochester at 2pm on Sunday 21st March, and we’d love to see you there.