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Vincent van Gogh returns to Ramsgate

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30 April 2019

Ramsgate Society Van Gogh
The Ramsgate Society is proud to announce the unveiling of the public sculpture of Vincent van Gogh in Spencer Square, on the afternoon of June 15. The world-renowned Dutch artist lived and worked in Spencer Square in 1876 while working as an English teacher at a boys' school. The bust is part of a 12-month project, "A Year with Vincent", by award-winning artist Anthony Padgett whose sculptures are found in major galleries, museums, libraries and Ripon Cathedral.

Anthony Padgett very generously donated the bust to The Ramsgate Society in February 2018 and the Society gave a great deal of thought as to where the bust should be located. After discussions with The Friends of Spencer Square, it was agreed that the location with the most significant connection to Van Gogh was Spencer Square where he lived and worked. So it was decided that the bust would be placed in the centre of the garden and the garden renamed “The Van Gogh Garden Spencer Square.”

The Ramsgate Society and The Friends of Spencer Square have been working closely together to plan this event for the last twelve months and would particularly like to thank Ramsgate Town Council for their help in erecting the plinth and the bust. The Friends are also working hard to improve and maintain the garden so that it becomes a valuable community asset for local residents.

The event on June 15 will start at 12noon with Anthony Padgett unveiling this magnificent gift to the town, followed by Vincent van Gogh based workshops, singing from the Thanet Gospel Choir, Ellington School children interpreting two of Vincent's famous paintings, and much more family entertainment.

Working with the Ramsgate Town Team, we will also be organising a series of events to be known as “The Van Gogh Summer”. These will include workshops throughout the summer giving everyone the opportunity to create their own interpretation of a piece of Vincent’s work, with an exhibition in the autumn. If you would like to be involved, please contact for more details.

Thanks to grants from the National Lottery Sharing Heritage Fund and Ramsgate Town Council these events will be free of charge.
Written by:
The Ramsgate Society