POW! Thanet is a festival of Arts and Culture celebrating and exploring issues around Feminism, Women and Girls
How did POW! come to life?...
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 7-9 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 three successful years behind us, POW! Thanet has developed an exciting programme of artistic diversity and cultural engagement. The 2018 festival was managed by a team of five professional women, supported by POW!s Trustees and helped by over 30 outstanding volunteers and we were able to programme 57 events in 28 venues!
Let's CELEBRATE the creative wealth of women!
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
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
Meet The Team...
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.
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 - POW! Trustee
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.
Nod Miller - POW! Trustee
Nod is currently Emeritus Professor of Innovation Studies in the University of East London, where she was previously Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Lifelong Learning and Head of the Graduate School. Before joining UEL in 1995, she was Director of the Centre for Adult and Higher Education in the University of Manchester. Over the course of a long academic career, she has worked in universities in Australia and the USA as well as the UK, and has published widely across the fields of media sociology, broadcasting policy, group dynamics and lifelong learning. She has a particular interest in issues concerning gender and technology.
A major feature of her career has been the organisation of conferences, workshops and seminars, including international events in Brazil, Nigeria and Thailand. In 2000/01 she was Director of UEL's Festival of Lifelong Learning, which incorporated 200 + events over the course of a year. Professor Miller has also held senior positions in several professional and charitable organisations, and has served on the Boards of arts organisations such as North-West Arts and educational bodies such as London's City Lit.
She has been involved in feminist groups since the 1970s, and is strongly committed to the goals of POW!.
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.
Rachel Connelly - Community engagement
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.
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.
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!