Chalk Up

Dover Arts Developpments Chalk Up is a one-year programme in Dover District bringing culture and tourism together. Artistic excellence is at the heart of Chalk Up’s projects: an ambitious series of events bringing culture into tourist and heritage venues, enhancing the experience of Dover for its residents and visitors.

The arts can illuminate, enhance and engage visitors in a host of new and original ways resulting in visitors experiencing their heritage from new perspectives. The project is looking to expand the amount of visitors/tourists coming to Dover for cultural events that will in turn benefit the economy of Dover.

Chalk Up is a part of Culture Kent, and follows Margate and Folkstone as a pilot initiative. Its territory is Dover, Deal, Sandwich and their outlying villages. Culture Kent is part of the wider Cultural Destinations project, funded by Arts  Council England and Visit England it is led by the Turner Contemporary. At its heart, the project is about collaboration, partnership working, and developing pilots both real and virtual which showcase Kent’s cultural assets and extend its reach by attracting new audiences.  During its lifetime, Culture Kent aims to create new strategic relationships between the cultural and tourism sectors in order to drive economic growth and develop the information and knowledge core that strengthens Kent’s Cultural Tourism offer.

The INSPIRATION=DOVER Concert and Exhibition on May 20th 2016 was the final event of the Chalk Up Dover one year Pilot where contemporary artists brought Dover’s WW1 history to life at the historic Maison Dieu.

The Chalk Up film production Weathertime: Premiered April 27th Silver Screen Cinema, Dover.

Weathertime is a 30 minute film, with works from 30 selected artists from England, France and Belgium, who created  a visual diary of the weather across the ‘maritory’ of the Straits of Dover during September 2015 . Weathertime is a DAD Chalk Up production directed by Joanna Jones and edited by Sebastian Edge who brought the artists works together with a soundtrack from musicians Paul Cheneour, Francois Le Roux and Marjorie Van Halteren mixed by Marcus Bishop.

The film is now part of the DFDS Ferries onboard screenings for passengers between Dover and Dunkirk. The Weathertime film is available to view in the premium lounge onboard and in other public areas of the ship, including the café lounges.

We carry an average of around 8,500 passengers on the Dunkirk route every day which totals up to almost a million passengers over the course of the summer months. Many of them will see the film during the journey as they move around the ship (DFDS)

In the Updates below, you can read about other Chalk Up events of the Dover Pilot :

Chalk Up Dover Arts Development blog on the Culture Kent website

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The DAD Chalk Up 2016 film production Weathertime was screened in the cosy, dry and atmospheric Folkestone Sea Sports during the 2016 SALT festival which was blessed with heavy rain and beautiful sunshine. The [...]

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DFDS Ferries to show Weathertime

DFDS Seaways will be showing the DAD film production Weathertime on their cross channel ferries sailing between Dover and Dunkirk. Weathertime brings together works by 30 selected artists from England, France and Belgium, [...]

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A brilliant night

Congratulations on a really remarkable ten years of Dover Arts Development. Wonderful celebration. Thank you.