Far be it from me –


A SUMMER SQUALL – Sat 24 – Mon 26 August
We’ve been quiet, getting this year’s Summer Squall ready, and now we’re nearly there…
Thanet Open Studios kicks off the fun this weekend (17/18 August) with artists in Ramgate, Margate, Broadstairs, Birchington and Westgate opening their doors. http://ramsgatearts.org/squall/open-studios
The Squall bursts into life at 10am on Saturday 24th when doors open at the UpDown Gallery for the Open Art, selected by Piers Secunda, Cedric Christie, Margaret Buck, Ben Weidel-Kaufmann and gallery owner Kate Smith. http://ramsgatearts.org/squall-event/open-art-exhibition
On Ramsgate harbour, there’s a host of activity! Toc de Fusta from Spain, The Caravan Gallery, Sunbeam Walkies, our open air stage programmed with music and dance, The Barber of Seville (or Salisbury)…have a peek at the programme to see all that’s on around town. http://ramsgatearts.org/a-summer-squall
We have a Fringe programme for the first time! Some of town’s best bars and groups are putting on events in celebration of summer and the Squall. http://ramsgatearts.org/squall/fringe
But we need your help…Urban Exposure is a whole new concept for the Squall and we still need to raise £1500 to make this amazing day for Thanet young people happen. Jestressflo use freerunning and creative activities to captivate and enthuse young people. We’ve teamed up to present a day of tryouts and inspiration, culminating in a parkour freerunning display at 8.30pm A huge scaffold tower, lights and action – please, we need to make it great for them. If you can donate just £1 it will help us reach our target. Here’s the link http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/urban-exposure-at-the-ramsgate-summer-squall
AND….volunteers….we still need stewards for events, so if you can help for 2 hours, please get in touch urgently. It’s a great team and fun to be part of it all. Please contact suegyde@hotmail.co.uk
We can hardly believe we’re here again! We’re indebted to Ramsgate Town Council, Thanet District Council and Arts Council England as major supporters and to London Array and Thorley Taverns. There’s a huge number of people who make this happen with help in one way or another. Thanks to all, and here’s to seeing you, your friends and contacts at the Squall!
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Surviving Spirit


Here are links to The Surviving Spirit










There are several objectives we hope to address

and achieve through The Surviving Spirit:


To promote Hope, Healing and Help for those

impacted by trauma, abuse or mental health

concerns through the use of the creative arts,

a speakers’ bureau, newsletter, website,brochure,

 retail gallery, coffeehouse,media center and more.


Please note that we refer to trauma, abuse and

 mental health concerns throughout our website,

 literature & events, etc. These three major health 

problems cover a wide variety of issues and we want

 to reach out to those who have known that pain

and suffering.


We want to extend our invite to their loved ones,

friends,co-workers and to the greater public  to help create 

awareness on how those health issues affect all of us.


To help promote, market and sell the creative works of those affected

by trauma, abuse and mental health concerns at fair market prices.

It is hard enough to make a living as a professional artist, musician,

author, etc, but when someone has to deal with the above mentioned

health issues, that creates even more problems to contend with in

trying to pursue your muse.


By offering workshops, events and mentoring, we hope to help 

creative individuals learn the necessary business skills that are 

needed for promoting their creative works. For those professionals

already in the marketplace, we want to be able to help you reach

a larger audience.


To offer healing arts workshops, training, classes and events that

teach creative crafts and skills to others just for the joy and the fun of

learning something new. This will encompass music, art, writing,

poetry, crafts, yoga, reiki and so much more.



Studies show that one in four females will be sexually assaulted 

before the age of eighteen and for males it is one in six; though

many think that number may be higher, but most males will not 

report or talk about their abuse.


Studies also show that one in five people have dealt with a mental

health concern… yet two thirds of them will not seek treatment or

help due to the stigma and discrimination

associated with mental illness, trauma and abuse.


The Surviving Spirit wants to help be a part of the change in

eliminating the fears, myths, and false beliefs that surround trauma,

abuse, & mental health concerns.



 The media will always cover the story of someone labeled mentally

ill who commits a violent crime and yet they only represent a tiny

percentage of the population, unfortunately they receive the most



The Surviving Spirit will show the other side of that equation with

stories of hope, courage and perseverance from the gifted and

talented people we work with, who by their example break down

those old fears, false beliefs and myths that surround mental illness.


Trauma & Abuse comes in many forms — military veterans grapple

with this, victims of crime, those who have struggled with a life-

threatening illness or injury such as cancer, diabetes, brain injury,

car accident, physical impairment and so much more are just a

partial listing of serious health concerns that people struggle with. 

And yet, they show by their example, Hope, Healing, & Help.



 The Surviving Spirit wants to display and share their stories, music,

art, crafts and more that shows their great courage and



Further information that outlines our purpose, goals and mission

can be found throughout our website and literature in more detail by

visiting the rest of the website.








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