Spring Newsletter 2021

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

DAD has, since the last newsletter, appointed 8 Guardians to help steer DAD out of hibernation as it transforms and evolves into Spring with two new projects, each of which are an invitation to roam: DAD RADIO and the Via Francigena Art Trail.

The DAD RADIO Pilot brings DAD the freedom to roam the airwaves through broadcasting in partnership with Dover Community Radio (DCR), providing a new local radio segment for showcasing experimental sound, art & music, poetry, spoken word and local conversation. 

DAD RADIO presents a new form of ‘home’ and creative thinking for DAD as it continues to evolve its roaming, nomadic, multi-voiced structure – opening up new ways to share its archive, initiate cross-disciplinary conversation and further support and connect with a wealth of artists and radio listeners around the globe, as well as with local voices and initiatives as part of DAD’s ongoing mission to nurture arts- and culture-led community resilience.

Supported by local funding from Dover Big Local and Kent County Council’s Arts Investment Fund, DAD RADIO is curated by two Dover-born practitioners, sound artist/DAD director Louisa Love and artist/researcher Louise Webb. During this pilot period, they are undertaking radio presenter training with DCR and using the DAD-DCR collaboration as a platform for gathering interest, conversation and ‘taster’ content for an introductory series of themed broadcasts exploring topics of relevance to Dover, its stories and the lives of its residents. 

This is where you come in: DAD is inviting contributions to DAD RADIO from all members of its contributor network, the Dover community and local area. We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to connect with the programme and are open to a variety of content connected to Dover: DAD RADIO call for contributions

As we come out of lockdown we would very much appreciate your help with widening the reach of DAD RADIO & DCR as a local listening platform by word of mouth and sharing on social media. We also really appreciate your feedback via our social media pages or by email to radio@dadonline.uk 

The first episode of DAD RADIO was broadcast on Dover Community Radio on 9th April and currently airs weekly on Friday evenings 7-7.30pm and Monday mornings 9-9.30am. Tune in live via dcrfm.co.uk or the Radio Garden (global map) app, or listen back on Mixcloud here.


The Via Francigena project involves the project management of three new public art commissions for this ancient Pilgrims Way between Canterbury and Dover funded by the Interreg Europe Green Pilgrimage Project. This Pilgrimage Route between Canterbury and Rome is classified as a Cultural Route (similar to the Camino de Santiago) by the Council of Europe. DAD is working with the Kent Downs AONB Unit and Peter Morris, the North Downs Way (NDW) National Trail manager who collaborated  on DAD’s CHALKUP21 Art and Architecture trail which follows the North Downs way between Capel le Ferne and Dover Seafront, before continuing on the English Coastal path to Deal. 

The freedom and right to roam on the Via Francigena is all the way from Canterbury to Rome. Walking has become an integral part of more peoples’ lives during this pandemic, as public spaces and trespass-free paths have helped people stay connected to something real and living that they can touch with their feet and that leaves the mind free to roam.

The artists’ installations will promote the special characteristics of the Via Francigena and its pilgrimage heritage as a route for reflection, renewal, and inspiration. The proposed artworks are ambitious in quality and speak to pilgrimage & local heritage with contemporary relevance; they will provide an opportunity for rest and contemplation, as well as highlight the natural landscape and inspiring views. At least one installation is to be located within the Canterbury District and one within Dover District.

The Via Francigena public art works will be the latest in the contemporary commissions DAD has helped to realise in the landscape of the South East: the pioneering places commission for the Land Trust at the West Wing Battery at Fort Burgoyne was awarded in December 2019 to Emily Peasgood, whose sound piece ‘I would rather Walk with you’ is now rescheduled to open in Autumn 2021.

The first public artwork that DAD managed the commission for was in 2010 for the North Downs Way, an end-of-Trail marker on Dover seafront. The result was the now much-loved carved granite START/FINISH line by Alma Tischlerwood, which forms itself as a monument to achievement when the walker completes the monument by standing on the line.

The freedom to roam on the land and in the mind with ideas and creativity is integral to DAD’s being, which is similarly completed by your support and creative investment.

Thank you.