How did POW! come to life?...

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POW! Thanet was founded by local freelance arts manager, Christina Clark-McQuaid in November 2015, with the first festival taking place in March 2016. 

POW!  is held annually over a 7-10 day period to co-incide with International Women’s Day on 8th March. It is a platform showcasing a range of events across the 3 main towns of Thanet - Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs - with the goals of encouraging community involvement in local arts and cultural activities, and profiling the work of local female artists.

With four successful years behind us, POW! Thanet has developed an exciting programme of artistic diversity and cultural engagement. The 2019 festival was managed by a team of seven professional women, supported by POW!s Trustees and helped by over 30 outstanding volunteers and we were able to programme over 60 events and exhibitions accross the Isle.

Let's CELEBRATE the creative wealth of women!


The promotion of equality and diversity for the public benefit by:-

Promoting and staging an annual arts festival to commemorate International Women’s Day.
Cultivating a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity of women and girls.
Advancing education and raising general awareness among the public about the issues and challenges facing the lives of women and girls.

POW! is a registered charity number: 1174980. Our address is Marine Studios, 17 Albert Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1UJ

Purpose and Artistic Policy: The POW! artistic policy 2018 can be downloaded by clicking here. This is for information only, if you'd like to use or publish any of the data enclosed in this file please contact for permission.

The Evaluation Report on the 2019 POW! Festival can be downloaded by clicking here. This is for information only, if you'd like to use or publish any of the data enclosed in this file please contact for permission.

Meet The Team...



Christina Clark-McQuaid
Founder and Festival Director

Christina Clark-McQuaid has 30 years’ experience as an arts manager. Previous jobs have included administering an international arts festival; working as South East Regional Executive for Youth Music and for a number of years she was Thanet District Council’s Arts Development Officer, devising and implementing a Thanet Strategy for Regeneration through the Arts. She founded Pie Factory Music in 2001 and is now a Trustee of that organization.
Christina’s work has always encompassed the passionate belief that lives can be changed through art – both for practitioners and observers. As founder of POW! Thanet her wish is to set up a series of celebratory activities for International Womens Day across Thanet which will highlight the wealth of artists and creativity that exist in the area.

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Jan Ryan
Programme Director

Jan Ryan is an established arts manager, practitioner and producer, who has worked in the arts for nearly 40 years. Prior to setting up her own company, UK Arts International in 1992, she worked with a number of organisations, including InterAction, Birmingham Rep, Half Moon Theatre and as co-manager of Women’s Theatre Group.
Through UK Arts, she has represented most of the UK’s foremost theatre and dance companies and presented and produced international and intercultural performing arts productions in the UK and around the world in venues of all scales – from village halls to the West End.  Between 2010 and 2016 she produced Afrovibes, a biennial festival touring UK venues, which introduced a wide range of audiences to the cultural wealth of contemporary South African visual and performing arts.


Deborah Cartwright - Chair of Trustees

Deborah has worked in social care and support services for many years, working variously with those with learning disabilities, mental health issues and now, for the past ten years, in domestic violence and abuse services.   She is currently Chief Executive of Oasis Domestic Abuse Service in Thanet. Her role requires her to oversee the delivery of the organisation’s strategies for overall direction, people and fundraising. As a medium-sized charity, the role requires a hands-on approach which allows her to have a good interaction with the communities of Thanet and Dover.

She completed a Masters degree in Voluntary Sector Management in 2016 which developed skills across charity marketing, finance, social impact and social policy.  Her research project focused on collaboration in the voluntary sector, most specifically within a commissioning landscape.



Rowena Tozer - POW! Trustee

Rowena is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in audit, financial management and accounting for government, private and United Nations organisations for over twelve years.  Her skills include international, UK Government and charity accounting and reporting, preparing and auditing financial statements, and budgetary reporting and analysis.  She is an experienced manager of multidisciplinary teams, and is comfortable discussing financial and accounting concepts to non-accountants.

From 2012-2015 she was the head of Financial Operations for UN Women, the United Nations entity for Gender Equality, where her role included responsibility for management of donor and programme funds and financial reporting to grant-giving donors, as well as management of grant-giving processes to grass-roots recipients.  She has previously been a trustee of a UK charity and has knowledge of trusteeship rules as well as charity accounting and reporting requirements.

Rowena moved to Thanet in 2016 and currently works as a consultant on short-term financial management projects.   She is keen to use her skills and experience to help a local organisation develop good financial management and reporting processes. 

She is a committed feminist and supporter of rights for women and girls and is also very passionate about the arts.


Zara McKenzie - POW! Trustee

Zara has over 10 years design experience in the cultural and heritage sector, delivering projects both nationally and internationally. As Project director at HKD, Zara leads teams to create dynamic, engaging public experiences. She is also an integral part of the sister company Marine Studios CIC, a social enterprise with a mission to create projects which extend cultural participation, support new creative practice and create opportunities for skill sharing and knowledge exchange.

Zara is passionate about gender equality. She is an advocate for gender neutral design and addressing the imbalance of women narratives portrayed in collections and archives, delivering workshops and community consultation sessions to ensure all projects extend cultural access and social interactivity.  Zara has lived in Thanet since 2009 and is engaged with local issues. She is excited by the opportunity to apply her skills as a Trustee of POW Thanet and keen to help deliver the ambitions of the charity through their arts festival.


Donna Carr- POW! Trustee

Donna is an accomplished senior project and programme manager with extensive experience of the public sector. She has worked in housing, community development, public health and diversity and inclusion, where she worked at a national level to advise policymakers and produce good practice equality and diversity guidance for public organisations. She currently works within the NHS supporting major healthcare transformation programmes across Kent and Medway. 

Donna is delighted to be a Trustee of POW! Thanet and is particularly energised by the charity’s work on community development and cohesion. Also, as a committed womanist, she is keen to further increase the diversity of local women involved in the activities of the charity. 

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Clare Freeman - POW! Trustee

Clare Freeman is the Founder and Editor of the Margate Mercury and the Ramsgate Recorder, both free, independent, quarterly magazines.   She is also a serial entrepreneur who has launched and run several other start-ups, including My Plus One, a platform where travellers could meet locals in 5 European cities and Airspruce which helps people write an effective Airbnb listing. She has also worked as a freelance copywriter and as a PR Consultant, primarily in the travel industry. 

 Clare loves travelling and has lived in several other cities, including Shanghai, Berlin, Brisbane and Buenos Aires. She has lived in Margate for over two years and – as well as running the Margate Mercury – is now working on other projects to help the Margate community.  She is also interested in hotels, food, agriculture, design, architecture and property and interiors. 


Rachel Connelly - Community Engagement Coordinator

Rachel has many hats. Whether it is event planning, creative direction, production, consulting, or working with volunteers, her interdisciplinary practice expresses a nuanced critical voice, whilst organising vital collaborations. She is equally attuned to the needs of artist and the needs of the communities that support art- be they creative, consumer or municipal communities. Taking a curatorial approach to her work she is interested in the possibilities generated through dialogue between creative practice and location, with the development of collaborative opportunities for making and presenting work, and engaging new audiences though subversion of the familiar. She believes that bringing artists together with musicians and filmmakers at festivals or in support of major touring initiatives, and combined with more regular local event programming,  can make a huge difference in changing the way art functions in a community. 

In her previous roles Rachel has collaborated with institutions such as Frieze, Spike Island, Hayward Gallery, Chisenhale, House of Illustration, Design Museum, British Art Show, Whitstable Bienniale and Margate Festival. She was Creative Director of I/O (Input/Output), Hong Kong; she devised and produces the night, Unmeasured Music; and has worked in UK, New York, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Rachel’s favourite hat is the Bowler.

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Jodie Nesling - Marketing manager

Jodie is an award-winning freelance journalist and arts PR professional with extensive experience in regional and national media.

She joined POW! in 2018 and is passionate about Margate and celebrating isle women.

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Lindsay Marsden - Festival administrator

Lindsay has previously worked in fashion production for luxury childrens wear, in textile design and for trend forecasting and styling companies. She is also a textile designer, illustrator and artists assistant when not working for POW!

Lindsay joined POW! for the 2018 Festival and looks forward to working on the next festival!

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Claire Orme - Exhibitions Coordinator

Claire Orme is a curator, artist and musician. 

In 2016, Claire founded the creative agency Brains & Lip with Alice Steffen, which supports and promotes upcoming artists through curating exhibitions and hosting events. Since moving to Margate in summer 2016, she has set up an intimate gallery and performance space in her own home called Flat38, and for the past year has been Curator at LIMBO’s Project Space.

Claire’s current art practice plays with and confronts the expectations of females in the history of performance. Much of Claire’s work is research-led, utilising archive material to investigate the narrative contours of spaces, objects and times.

Claire is extremely excited to work with POW in bringing women’s issues to the forefront in a creative, daring and open-minded way, and to elevate the work of artists that actively transgress the patriarchal conventions of politics and the art world. 

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