Ramsgate Arts are pleased to announce the appointment of Teresa Askew as the new creative producer for the Ramsgate festival. Teresa brings a wealth of experience to the role. She is the artistic director of a Ramsgate based, Arts Production House, Artaha Productions.
Prior to starting Artaha, Teresa had a varied and exciting working life. She has a substantial track recording creating large and small scale scale outdoor arts events. Her work is site specific with a strong focus on spectacle and participation. In 2012 she was the Creative Producer for the Rio London collaboration, a London 2012 Festival Commission. Supported by Arts Council England, Artaha initiated a carnival development programme called Great British Carnival. This has been putting top quality carnival arts into carnivals like Margate, Bridgwater, Luton as well as developing new carnivals in Dartford and creating a major carnival festival in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park — the Great British Carnival.
There has been a strong educational and community development strand to her work, for instance last year she worked with Margate Youth club the quarterdeck who hosted a week long carnival arts residency, including working with artists in costume and prop making, choreography, music and dance all culminating in a spectacular entry into Margate carnival. She has a track record of partnership working and developed extensive community involvement all her projects.
Teresa is delighted to produce this years festival, she said “There is something very special about having the opportunity to work creatively in your home town. Ramsgate is a really exciting place to be right now, with more and more creative business’s, shops and cafes opening all the time and the arts community here is resourceful and vibrant. I am really looking forward to working with many artists, groups and people over the coming months and I am certain that by working together, we can put an a really wonderful arts festival. This year’s event will happily complement the town’s Ramsgate Week sailing regatta, providing a great entertainment offer for both visitors and residents.”