DAD Funding bid success

War & Peace

Dover Arts Development (DAD) is pleased to announce that it has been successful with its funding bid to Arts Council England and Kent Arts & Culture for a new 20-month project called War & Peace. The total grant is just under £95k.

War & Peace is a visual, musical and poetic reflection on place, focusing on Dover’s history and geography through a range of activities involving visual arts, music and text. DAD will be working with new partners, including Dover Museum, the Dover Bronze Age Boat Trust and Deal Festival of Music and the Arts.

The project will tie in with existing major historical events and anniversaries, and deliver a series of artists’ events, artist-led workshops, a project film and a seminar around the topic of “memorialisation”.

Jon Iveson, curator at Dover Museum said: “This is fantastic news. It is wonderful that you get the funding to do interesting projects in Dover.”

Jon Linstrum, Combined Arts Relationship Manager, Arts Council England said ‘We are pleased that Dover Arts Development’s War and Peace project has been supported through our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme. The combination of high quality artists, and the variety of ways in which Dover people of all walks of life will be able to experience the different strands of this multi-layered project is a perfect example of delivering Great Art for Everyone. We look forward to seeing the fruits of a whole range of artistic initiatives that DAD will be working on and we hope that as many people as possible have the chance to get involved with this project.’

DAD has always had a policy of spending as much as possible of the grants it receives locally and supporting local businesses. DAD aims to involve local residents and organisations in its projects and through this involvement to build and strengthen a sense of community and enhance an understanding of local history. DAD’s recent projects – Watermark a feature documentary about Buckland Paper Mill, Dover, and Bunting Forever which aims to create a mile of hand-crafted woolly bunting to welcome the Olympic torch into Dover on July 18th this year – have involved at least 1,000 local residents of all ages, school pupils and university students and provided opportunities to learn new skills, renew old friendships or make new ones.

DAD also, through its projects brings people to Dover who then get to know the town and spend money locally. Artist Film maker Kathy Kenny, whose film Revisit was shown in the Grand Shaft, said “Thank you so much for the wonderful Dover experience!” and Dominic de Vere, co editor of Watermark, talked of getting to know the town through watching the seasons change from the window of the room where he and the director Marianne Kapfer edited the film in Dover over a total of 90 days.

Clare Smith, director of DAD, said “We are delighted with the grant award. At a time of increased competition for grants we are especially pleased to have received this vote of confidence in our work. I know that some people will query the importance of arts funding at a time of financial austerity, but DAD really believes in the importance of art and culture to being human and in the role art can play in encouraging conversation across all sections of the community, as well as in contributing much needed funds to the local economy.”