A community project to renovate & convert a 50-metre, 130-year old Dutch barge into an all-inclusive family-friendly community arts hub & space in the heart of the UK's only Royal Harbour, celebrating Ramsgate's unique maritime heritage & burgeoning creative art sector...
Ramsgate Arts Barge Community Interest Company (12058325) is a 'not-for-profit' social enterprise launched in March 2020.
In August 2020, RAB CIC took legal ownership of the Dutch vessel Vriendschap, which is now a community asset.
Vriendschap (Dutch for friendship) is a 130-year old, 50-metre long, 7-metre wide, 200-tonne former Dutch cargo barge.
Previously owned by three generations of the 'Van der Veen' family in the Netherlands and soon to be fully renovated & converted to create the Ramsgate Arts Barge.
To create an all inclusive family-friendly community arts hub & space for all, to be permanently moored alongside Harbour Parade in the heart of Ramsgate's Royal Harbour.
We are going to create a multi-faceted arts, events & performance space, hosting; visual art exhibitions, art installations, comedy, acoustic music, cabaret, theatre, film screenings, spoken word & poetry.
The power and effect of art in a community should not be under-estimated for the health, social & economical benefits it can bring.
Arts have the power to improve well-being and mental health through inclusive activities and events that will unite, strengthen and create togetherness throughout the entire Ramsgate & Thanet community.
To date, we have raised over £30,000 towards the project and achieved the below milestones:
Next Step: Planning Application Submission (August 2020)
‘37% of children in Thanet were in poverty in 2018/2019, after housing costs are taken out’ - Department for Work and Pensions/HMRC (2020).
Children growing up in poverty could show significant reductions in learning ability, knowledge retention and social-emotional development, all evident from early infancy which could continue throughout childhood and into later adult life.
The social mission of the Ramsgate Arts Barge project is to alleviate the effects of poverty in children within the Thanet District, through the inclusive pursuit of the creative arts.
We will use & re-invest company profits to provide complimentary multi-disciplinary art classes, courses, workshops & programmes for children 2-16 years of age living within the Thanet District.
For children in the Thanet District, our art classes will have a positive effect to;