Exploring the Pop up possibilities at the Buckland Mill site
On October 30th 2020 Mike Tedder, Petra Matthews-Crow, Louise Webb, Louisa Love and Joanna Jones met at 10am, 10.10 by the Buckland Mill clock that insists on running 10 minutes into the future.
Harminder Gill of Gillcrist Homes, the developers of the former Buckland Mill site, welcomed us and explained the ideas he had for including the ‘arts’ on the site.
As he said: it’s difficult to put it all in an email!
Harminder made the offer of the covered space between the back and front of the co-op shop for Free. He would welcome cultural pop up activities and events in that space.
He is looking to add to his collection of art from Dover Artists for the building itself and is open and keen to support arts activity in the pop-up area. He also mentioned the possibility of using the future large restaurant space once it is finished and before it is let and will keep us informed about that.
We all came away excited about this new art site in the middle of town. It is on a direct bus route and has a constant stream of people passing through using the new gym and the Co-op shop as well as the residents of the Buckland Mill apartments themselves. At the other end of the car park is the walking track to River past St Andrew’s Church and church grounds with the amazing ancient Ewe trees.
Really special to watch the Buckland paper Mill site development progress and the mill site become a lively centre in the middle of town once again, after the traumatic closure of the paper mill in 2000 where so many Dover families had worked for generations.
“It was excellent to see and hear about first-hand all the work and consideration that has gone into the redevelopment of Buckland Mill. The pop-up space within this historically significant building brings an excellent new opportunity for Dover’s artists to share work and create activity in a way that will put them in closer, more frequent contact with the wider Dover community and generate greater awareness of just how much is happening creatively (and has been happening for quite some years) in Dover. This seems to me a more public and long-term offering of space than I think artists in Dover may have had before, so it is an interesting chance to explore as much as showcase different kinds of work and possibilities. It is indeed very Co-operative space” ~ Louisa Love, new DAD co-director.