The Ramsgate Arts Barge Project

by The Ramsgate Arts Barge Project in Ramsgate, England, United Kingdom

The Ramsgate Arts Barge Project


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A project to renovate & convert a 50-metre, 130-year old Dutch barge into a 'not-for-profit' arts & cultural space in Ramsgate Royal Harbour

by The Ramsgate Arts Barge Project in Ramsgate, England, United Kingdom

20th October 2021 - Project Update: Full Planning Application Approved by Thanet District Council, for mixed use incorporating; exhibition, event, performance & community space, artist studios, bar & kitchen and a biodiversity supporting upper deck garden seated area. 

This is a project to renovate & convert a 130-year old, 50-metre Dutch barge 'Vriendschap' (Dutch for Friendship) into a 'not-for-profit' community arts & cultural space to be permanently moored alongside Harbour Parade in Ramsgate Royal Harbour. The project is led & operated by Ramsgate Arts Barge Community Interest Company, with 'Vriendschap' legally owned as a community asset. 

Help us reach the £20,000 Crowdfunder target to get the Ramsgate Arts Barge onto dry-dock to complete the 1st phase of the project which is internal strip-out and waste clearance, which will engage our 100+ volunteer team.

The Ramsgate Arts Barge will be an accessible, multi-disciplinary arts & cultural space hosting; visual arts exhibitions, art installations, performances, comedy, acoustic music, cabaret, theatre, film screenings, spoken word, poetry, art classes & courses, in addition to community events, debates, talks & seasonal markets.

Operating as a Community Interest Company, profits will be reinvested to provide access to the arts via complimentary art classes, courses, workshops & programmes for children 2-16 years of age living within the Thanet District, which ranks as the most deprived local authority in the South East (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 increase mental wellbeing, create higher self esteem, improve concentration skills, aid social-emotional development, increase cognitive development, develop social & communication skills, increase feelings of independence and self perception, increase feelings of pride, achievement & happiness.

The Ramsgate Arts Barge, Internal & External Concepts (del Renzio & del Renzio - project architects);




With huge community support (through a pandemic) via Crowdfunding, Art Auctions & Founding Memberships, the below milestones have been achieved;

  • Dry-dock hull survey, inspection & immediate repairs
  • RAB CIC legal ownership of 'Vriendschap' as a community asset
  • Commission a full RIBA Chartered Architect Feasibility Study
  • Purchase our own private access pontoon 
  • Purchase protective & safety equipment for our volunteer team
  • Raise funds towards ongoing project overheads (inc. mooring fees, marine & public liability insurance, website fees & ad-hoc project costs).
  • Commission planning application architect drawings & submit our full planning application to Thanet District Council
  • Full planning application approved in October 2021. 

While we continue to work on & develop our major fundraising applications, you can help us to reach the £20,000 Crowdfunder target to get the Ramsgate Arts Barge onto dry-dock to complete the 1st phase of the project which is full internal strip-out and waste clearance, engaging our 100+ volunteer team. 

With your support we are making this community project happen - thank you.

Ramsgate Arts Barge CIC

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