DAD invited to present to the Dover Society and Turner Contemporary


We were greatly honoured to be invited to speak about our activities to the Dover Society (18 March) and to the Turner Contemporary (20 March) at their team meeting. It has been just over 6 years since DAD began life  in 2006. In that time we have found ways of showing work in the public realm without owning premises. We started with the DAD photography commissions when Dover District council gave us one side of the 10 free-standing advertising boards in the town. Later we used an empty shop for our upcylcing project, Remade in Dover, bringing together high-end design and local craft and then used the same shop as a filming studio for our award winning documentary feature, Watermark, about the closing of Buckland Paper Mill in 2000. 

All projects evolve organically we don’t know what we are going to be doing next. It is an adventure dependent on conversations and meetings with people. There is a lot of talent present in the town, district and further afield in East Kent, which we like to draw on either by asking practitioners to run workshops or get involved as volunteers. We are particularly keen to support young graduates.

We involve all demographics in our projects: Bunting Forever involved children aged 3 up to older people aged 90+. The project had many sceptics but the spectacle of the bunting when hung seemed to reach the hearts of many wof those same sceptics as well as delighting many other residents and visitors to the town.

We were incredibly proud to be invited to exhibit at the London Art Fair this year, where we chose to showcase work by 5 of the photographers that have had residencies with DAD since 2006. In this context, we were described as “one of the most interesting artist-led organisations in the UK.”

We value process and activity but we are also producers: DAD has enabled a portfolio of Dover photographs by outstanding international photographers and a 90-min feature documentary . Our current project, War & Peace, will have enabled a number of new works including a new music composition for Dover by composer Nigel Clarke, which will be premiered here in Dover in October. 

We are particularly keen to support and involve young graduates and emerging artists where we can and synergies with other organisations is an important and exciting part of our work.