The cautious easing of lockdown is mirrored by the entrance of Spring with all its warmth and light and bouts of extreme cold.

“We are committed to producing contemporary art of excellence, supporting artists’ practice, initiating cultural activity and feeding into Dover’s economy. We aim, with values of inclusiveness, thoughtful partnership and emotional responsibility, to strengthen communities and widen perspectives through creative thinking and actions.” For many of us our sense of time [...]

A Spring Newsletter for a new decade and a world in the middle of a pandemic. We are thrilled to announce that our bid to Arts Council England’s Covid19 emergency fund for 6 months of activity was successful. With one founding director seriously ill & both founding directors getting older, [...]

The clocks have gone back and there’s a new moon – time for an Autumn Newsletter. The legacy advocacy document of the Art in the Park: Kearsney interpreted project, a ‘how-to’ pocket-sized booklet for artists working with local authorities & local authorities working with artists, is fresh off the press. Described [...]

Since our last newsletter in Autumn 2018 our main involvement has been with two projects in two of the most exciting sites in Dover. The projects, it goes without saying, are culture led and have the potential to greatly extend the cultural offer in Dover. The first is in the [...]

As the name implies Dover Arts Development has Dover at its heart. For the last 12 years DAD has been inviting artists and organisations, as well as residents and businesses, to be part of a series of contemporary art ‘placemaking’ projects. Urban design, planning, and architecture are tools for creating [...]

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This newsletter centres on the resilience of artists’ practice and Dover’s developing artists’ networks which underpin that resilience locally. Mark Robinson defines Adaptive resilience as the capacity to remain productive and true to core purpose and identity whilst absorbing disturbance and adapting with integrity in response to changing circumstances. (Mark Robinson 2010 [...]

DAD HAS BEEN AROUND FOR TEN YEARS DAD’s graphic designer, Edda Jones, surprised us with a special edition newspaper for our 10th anniversary to give to the artists and partners we have worked with since DAD began. KNOWING THROUGH doing  Unbeknown to us she invited 10 artists that have worked directly with [...]

Our 10th anniversary year is feeling very special and receiving the Kent Creative ‘Arts Organisation of the Year’ award in May gave us a real boost. The appreciation of DAD’s work continued 2 days later in the speeches and feedback we received from visitors and participants at the INSPIRATION = [...]

DAD is 10 years old, a time to think about what we have achieved and to reflect on where to invest our energy in the future. Chalk Up, a one-year pilot project aimed at stimulating cultural tourism, led by Dover Arts Development (DAD) and organised under Culture Kent, coincides with a desire [...]

Chalk up is the name we have given to the Culture Kent Dover Pilot. It is the umbrella for a series of projects that bring cultural events into tourist/heritage venues to enhance the experience for visitors. Jessica Wood has joined DAD on the Marketing and PR side for the project. Part [...]

It’s spring and time for another newsletter. 2014 ended with the Dover Harbour Board’s Christmas truce carol service in the newly renovated Dover Marina railway station, now the Dover Cruise Terminal. After readings of poetry and letters from the trenches, interspersed with carols sung in English and German, the wonderful [...]

We are so late with our autumn Newsletter, but just in time with Autumn officially ending with the Winter Solstice on December 21st! A complete makeover of coincided with Paul Osborne, our web programmer from the beginning, starting a full time job at Cambridge University as programmer on the extraordinary [...]

Dominic de Vere’s film arrived and surprised us all!Wonderful when you give an artist a commission to make a project film. Dominic’s film War & Peace is made up from the fragments from the many strands of the DAD War & Peace project while being an individual reflection on War [...]

We launched a shop! With an eye on our sustainability and after our exposure at the London Art fair, we have an online shop with prints by the photographers DAD has commissioned over the years and a limited edition of upcycled Dover souvenirs.It happened! We brought The Ha!Man Francois Le [...]

A few people have pointed out to us that it is time for our Spring overview!A highlight  at the beginning of the year was the invitation from ALISN to be part of Sublet at the London Art Fair. The artist-led projects that made up Sublet were described as a selection [...]

Since our last newsletter we have won the Canterbury Culture award for Excellence with our feature documentary film Watermark and achieved 2 kilometres of woolly bunting to welcome the Olympic torch into Dover with our Bunting Forever Project.It is often not until you see the impact of a project that [...]

After the wettest April on record we realise that it is high time we updated you again on DAD’s activities since our last newsletter in November.Studios have been in our minds with the invitation from the National Federation of Studio Providers to host a brunch at Turner contemporary to discuss [...]

Now that autumn has arrived, we would like to update you on DAD’s activities over the last 6 months.The Pavillion built as part of a Design and Build workshop led by Rhea Shepherd and Lawrence Sherwood, students at the Canterbury School of Architecture (CSA), in April, has been used in [...]

Turner Contemporary opened to the public in Margate on 16 April in a blaze of sunshine. It’s spring and with the opening of Turner Contemporary as the highlight of the South East cultural calendar it seems a good time to think about new beginnings for DAD and new developments in [...]

We were thinking we’d have a quiet summer but we’ve hardly had a break and it’s already October. We start editing Watermark, DAD's documentary film production about Buckland Paper Mill, this month and we've also just started a new project,, researching the use of social media as an audience [...]

DAD has been really busy since the New Year, working on several projects concurrently. Résider/Reside, with artists Pierre-Yves Brest and Sharon Haward, finished in December and we’re still working on the reporting. As with all interreg projects, the reporting is time consuming and we have to show spending to be [...]