DAD Artists at home

What Next?

The DAD Artists at Home strand of the What Next? project supported DAD’s community of contributors during the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, by providing digital outlets and promotion for their work and aiding further connections between artists and projects.

Through its activity over the last 12 years, DAD has cultivated a significant network of over 150 contributors in and beyond Dover, a growing collection of voices + practices who all actively sit within DAD’s history and continue to shape it as a porous collaborative structure.

As DAD has reached a crucial point of assessment of how it secures its future and ensures the continuation of its co-operative cultural vision for Dover, our wider world too is experiencing a much more fundamental state of change and self-reflection. The Covid-19 pandemic crisis has asked us to significantly adapt our means of interaction with one another towards primarily digital forms, away from a reliance on physical spaces or proximities. As we begin to grapple with the varying effects of these conditions, an urgent need has been highlighted to consider how we develop sustainable methods of supporting and connecting with each other that prioritise a consciousness of personal, communal and environmental ecologies.

Within the What Next? project, DAD Artists at Home is about not only enhancing this sense of support and (digital) resilience, but more symbolically, reflecting the centrality of the various individuals, practices and histories woven into the ongoing narrative of DAD – and the importance of this multi-voiced approach – in creating a sustainable, long-term vision for creative/cultural practice. It is about a creative sense of place and community that emanates outwards from – but is not restricted to – a particular location or locality; encouraging a belonging or being at home through connective gestures and relationships.

The project aimed to raise awareness of DAD as a lasting resource for its community, generating continued support for these 150+ contributors and highlighting the resonance of DAD’s project legacies in and beyond Dover.

DAD Artists at Home  ran between May – October 2020 and was led by artist and curator Louisa Love, who during this period took up a new position as DAD director. She invited everyone in DAD’s contributor network to share their lockdown activity in the form of videos, photos, sound, writing and weblinks to be featured on this dedicated area of DAD’s website and promoted via social media platforms.

The DAD-initiated #covid19artistsathome Instagram hashtag has (as of Nov 2020) attracted over 4,000 posts from artists across the world, proving a very democratic means of bringing people together during social isolation.

We encourage artists to continue to share their activity during the pandemic using the #covid19artistsathome hashtag, which DAD has been selecting from and reposting to increase the reach of artists’ work.

Alongside this, DAD and its contributors have used a new dedicated #dadartistsathome hashtag for sharing work as part of the DAD Artists at Home project.

Below is the full list of links to the contributions.

Uwe Derksen:  Bed-in @The Margate School: Stop the War | Korinna McRobert: multi-part pandemic poetry response | Paul Cheneour: 3 solo flute performances at Fort Burgoyne | Tom Powell: Creative Response to Covid (a written log) | Alma Tischlerwood: #thefablefiles | Marcia Teusink: Quarantine Still Lifes | Peter Sheppard Skaerved: at the desk | solo violin films | Colin Priest: Sensing Floras / Dark Island | Helen Lindon: Art, activism, climate change | Kate France: miniature worlds | Carole Day: Mending the Coverlet | Amanda Thesiger: this table-top is a world in itself  | Leah Thorn: a:dress festival | Robert Jarvis: SonoraV19Joanna Jones: I am very fortunate to have had my studio at home | Kristin O’Donnell: corona Twitter memeMarjorie Van Halteren: Giants on Vacation | Chris Burke: Stay at Home | Christine Gist: here / there | Rosie James: Isolation portraits | Gabor Stark: some call it music | Sharon Haward: scale, form, light, gender | Charles Holland: Ideas in architecture | Hannah Jones: Thoughts on creative teaching during lockdown | Roy Smith: drawings made while queueing | Cas Holmes: The ‘New Different’ exhibiting and sharing in the virtual world | Amanda Jayne: Coronavirus haiku | Edda Salander-Jones: Air Pop: From Discomfort to Joy | Nienke Eernisse: In a dark day’s light / on the bright side | Paul Dagys: poetically incorrect | Anthony Heywood: Crater series | Thurle Wright: Marking Time | Emily Tull: Corvid-19 | Clare Smith: Unanticipated World | Laura J Padgett: Home has become a refuge, the studio, when I am able to get there, offers a few moments of respite | Martin Bradley: Dover demonstrations | Nanne Mayer: statistic, Freefall, Quantumfoam | Jane James: Meeting Life as a Creative Adventure | Cathy Rogers: Stretched Time in the Garden | Francois le Roux: HA!Man World Experience | Kate Beaugié: Fratres | Diane Mae Bundy: Into the newRichard Bundy: Joy is born in each day. I catch what I can | Ewan Golder: The Devil’s Breath | Louise Webb: community, communication, ethics