Ramsgate

Ramsgate’s ‘Royal’ Harbour and marina and adjoining sandy beach are wonderful places to sit and maybe draw or paint. Charming cafes and pubs are scattered along the waterfront and make great places to people watch. Overlooking the harbour Nice Things located in the recently renovated Customs House provides a showcase for many East Kent artists too.

Much of the heart of Ramsgate is a conservation area with wonderful Georgian architecture built in the 18th century. Splendid examples include those found in Liverpool Lawn, Spencer Square, Wellington Crescent and Prospect Terrace.

One of the greatest architects of the 19th century, Augustus Pugin, lived in Ramsgate at the Grange, the house he designed together with the nearby church of St Augustine.

For present day creativity Meltdowns is a fine arts foundry that offers bronze casting workshops and provides the opportunity to create bronzes larger than on any other course in the UK. In 2009 artist Ann Carrington produced a bronze sculpture based on JMW Turner’s infamous lover Mrs Booth for the end of Margate’s Harbour Arm.

In 2012 the third ‘Summer Squall will take place, a ‘summer burst of artistic energy, creativity, noise and commotion’ in a variety of locations across the town, organised by Ramsgate Arts a voluntary orgaisation that also runs monthly meetings for local creatives. These include Peter Scott at Patrick George design who created the Kent’s Creative Coast logo!

For performance art, Scandalmongers is Ramsgate’s story telling company and run workshops and walking street theatre tours that can be enjoyed by all ages whilst Clive Holland’s Mischevious Theatre provides occasional ‘writing for performance’ workshops. Overlooking the harbour on the east cliff The Granville Theatre offers a wide variety of local and professional theatre as well as the latest films, theatre workshops and after school classes.

For more information about the town see Ramsgate.

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