Kearsney Interpreted

DAD is delighted to have worked with Dover District Council on the delivery of  their ambitious Arts Council England funded project in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. The bid was submitted as part of the £3.1m Heritage Lottery funded Kearsney Parks project.

The project involved 10 artist residencies as well as the ‘Park Bench’ project bringing together work from 58 visual artists, poets and musicians living in Dover and the surrounding area.

The work produced through the artist residencies included sculptures, one-off performative events, photographs and artists’ films. A number of the residencies were for newly-graduated, early career artists from the local area.

This exciting project will explore the landscape designs, ecology, social and industrial heritage of the parks.  It will leave a legacy of art, sculpture, poetry and artists’ films that can be enjoyed for many years to come” said Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Cabinet Member for Property Management. DDC press release: Park Completes Artistic Line-up


Videos produced as part of Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted

Below are listed links to the individual updates to the project. You will also find them on the right of this project page on screens and below on mobile phones as our website is responsive to different size screens:

A key aim of the Kearnsey Parks project was to bring new audiences to the parks and to engage people through arts and culture.

 A legacy of the project is a pocket guide with tips for Local Authorities on working with Artists and Artists working with Local Authorities click here to download the guides

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Poetry on the benches

Lines of poetry created as part of the Park Bench project are now on benches in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens.

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Watercress and Daffodils: The book

Clare Smith’s book, Watercress and Daffodils, to accompany the video of the same name is out! It includes essays by Karen Jones (University of Kent), Charles Holland (Charles Holland Architects), Philip Hutton (Architect) [...]