Callout for artists in Ramsgate, CT11 or CT12!

The galloping horses

The galloping horses of Paradise Street

We are looking for twenty local artists to collaborate on PARADISE STREET, an Arts Council England-funded installation as part of the forthcoming Ramsgate Festival. The project will provide a contemporary platform to showcase the rich and diverse artistic community of Ramsgate, on show in the heart of the town centre.

Now in its sixth year, this well-established festival was formerly known as the Summer Squall. Festival-goers will have a programme packed with music, art and theatre, talks and workshops across the August bank holiday weekend, with the PARADISE STREET installed for the Sunday. The theme for this year’s festival takes inspiration from the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and the pivotal role that Ramsgate played with the housing of thousands of troops. Harbour Street will be draped in textile artist Ann Munro’s bunting made from brassieres. SUPPORTERS makes a contemporary twist on the old notion of ‘Paradise Street’, a notorious area where the men would make their final visits to the ladies of the night before setting to sea in the hope of returning safely.

Callout for artists & a meet up on Tuesday 28 July @ 5.30pm

Along the same street, a herd of horses will draw people from the harbour up into the town. We are looking for locally-based visual artists to each complete a large-scale artwork (approximately 1m x 1m) in the shape of a two-dimensional horse. Wooden shapes are currently being professionally cut and will be provided.

We are keen to see proposals from artists working in a variety of mediums such as painting, mixed media, textiles, photo-montage, printmaking. The pieces will come together to form a procession of seahorses leaping from the harbour and charging along harbour street as they morph into galloping horses. Each horse will provide a blank canvas on which to showcase each artist and each will be emblazoned with the artist’s name across the horses neck in the form of a sash. There will also be space to present a brief artists bio explaining what it means to be an artist of Ramsgate.

Artists will receive a seed fund of £50 to cover material costs and expenses.

A meeting will be held with project co-ordinator Janie Grout in the Town Bar at Albion House Hotel at 5:30pm on Tuesday July 28. Refreshments will be provided. Please do come along to find out more and if you can’t attend, email so we can send you details about how to submit.