Children are leading Pioneering Places to make Ramsgate a great place to live.
Pioneering Places is working with 60 children, aged 7 to 9, from Ramsgate Arts Primary and St Laurence’s Junior Academy. These Young Arts and Heritage Leaders have so far interviewed and appointed artists and heritage researchers to work with them on a weekly basis. Over a period of 6 months, they will explore Ramsgate’s rich history, and respond creatively. They will lead the project until its conclusion in 2020, collaborating on a Child-Led Plan for Ramsgate, and commissioning a major new artwork to be installed near the Harbour.
An exhibition exploring the project’s theme of place-making and children’s leadership has opened at Turner Contemporary and will run until 7th April 2019, free to all. It includes examples of work made by the Young Arts and Heritage Leaders, and films documenting their experience on the project so far.
On Tuesday 20th November, Universal Children’s Day, Pioneering Places will be holding a child-led take over day, hosted at Turner Contemporary. The Young Arts and Heritage Leaders will be directing artists they have commissioned to create artworks from briefs they have written, and will also be leading activities they have designed themselves. They are also taking over Turner Contemporary's cafe with a specially designed menu for the day. Don't miss this exciting event due to take place at the gallery from 12pm - 2pm. Entry is free.
Pioneering Places East Kent is part of the national Great Place Scheme. Pioneering Places is an ambitious project that will make East Kent an even better place to live, work and visit by exploring heritage, developing civic pride and connecting artists and communities. Four exemplar projects in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate are being led by local cultural organisations to influence policy makers, and encourage the residents themselves to bring in change and become great place-makers.