A 'not-for-profit' project to renovate & convert a 50-metre, 130-year old Dutch barge into an accessible, 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 protected by an 'asset lock' preventing the barge from ever being sold for private or personal gain.
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 accessible, 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.
With huge community support (through a pandemic) we have been able to complete the below crucial milestones to start the project;
The key social aim of the Ramsgate Arts Barge is to provide access to the arts for children 2-16 years of age living within the Thanet District, via complimentary multidisciplinary art classes, courses, workshops & programmes.
The Thanet District ranks as the most deprived local authority in Kent, with 37% of children living in poverty (Department for Work and Pensions/HMRC, 2020).
Our art classes, courses, workshops and programmes will have a positive effect on children living within the Thanet District to;
You can support the 'Ramsgate Arts Barge' by donating to our Crowdfunder campaign or becoming a 'Founding Member' below..
'Founding Membership' commences for 12-months from the date of opening (date tbc).
Membership includes early bird ticket access via members monthly newsletter, plus 20% off all on-board purchases & event tickets, in addition to your name to be displayed on the 'Founding Members' plaque on-board the Ramsgate Arts Barge. Membership cards will arrive within 5 working days of purchase.
100% of proceeds go towards project costs to help launch the Ramsgate Arts Barge.
To become a 'Founding Member' today click here.