The directors of Dover Arts Development Ltd, Clare Smith and Joanna Jones, both live and work in Dover Town. Together they have extensive experience of delivering arts projects both in the UK and in mainland Europe. DAD is an evolving project, actively developing new models and engaging in and with the community of Dover. As independent artists they have initiated projects in Dover together with the London Biennale, directed by David Medalla. To coincide with the World Archery championships in 2007 they organised a one day museum of arrows and archery and with LB artist Alma Tisschler Wood a moveable Feast in 2008 and White Happy Hour in 2012.
After studying at Northwich and the Byam Shaw Schools, Jones received her NDD in painting from Goldsmith's College, before going on to the Royal Academy Schools. She has spent over 20 years living and working in mainland Europe developing her practice, exhibiting internationally and lecturing extensively on her work before returning to the UK in 1997. Her work encompasses performance, photography, film and painting. She is a recipient of several professional awards including a scholarship from Kuenstlerhaus Balmoral in 2000 and an Arts Council Year of the Artist award for a work at Samphire Hoe, Kent in 2001. In 2006 the Pharos Trust brought out a major publication on her practice 'Joanna Jones' now available from www.cornerhouse.org/books. She regularly exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
CLARE SMITH started out as a linguist and graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class degree in Oriental Studies in 1982. After living and working in Luxembourg for 15 years, she returned to the UK to study art and realise a long-held ambition of making a life in the arts. She received her BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2004 from the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury and has an MA in Fine Art practice from Central St Martins in London, graduating with merit in September 2011. Her work is concerned with memory, authenticity and the nature of experience, as well as with the emotional connections that are created in the act of making.