For Dover Arts Development, Dover is central. Dover may be on the periphery of England and the most iconic border between England and Europe, but the centre or centrality of Dover in relation to its identity is key to the philosophical perspective of DAD.

If identity of place is determined by where it is not, as much as where it is, Dover’s position is constantly looking out towards Europe and back towards England. This, in turn, is reflected in the diversity and transience of the town’s population – some constant and rooted in Dover’s cultural history and others rooted (or up rooted) in histories of other places – a kind of entropy – a term the artist Robert Smithson adapted from thermodynamics where it is the event of a hotter (or colder) fluid being added to its other – in cultural terms, this must mean that neither native nor incomer can claim identity that is exclusive of the other. Another Smithson artistic term could be useful here – site/non-site – in this scheme the site that is represented is encountered in the non-site of its representation – a picture is the non-site of the site that it depicts.

Could there be a cultural equivalent in DAD’s Dover – what form might this take in the constantly folding and re-folding between England and Europe? DAD’s commissions are concerned with finding and exploring the possibilities of such forms, all of which may seem to resonate a sense of place. (Adrian Lovis)

Project Legacies

‘The Table’ is a symbol of peace, inspired by Brancusi’s Table of Silence which is part of a sculptural ensemble built as a war memorial to peace at Turgu jui Romania in 1937. ‘The Table’ was built in the Old Sorting Office at Charlton Green. It is constructed from timber reclaimed from the Britannia pub and [...]

The 2 musical portraits of the town of Dover composed by Nigel Clarke in collaboration with violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Malene Skaerved have been released on CD by Toccata Classics. We are very proud that the contact with Dover through DAD  led to the  composition of these works. Many Dover residents supported the Kickstarter crowd funding [...]

DMAG WW1 Joined Up project legacy website: artistsww1.uk featuring the artists, their works and the museums and heritage sites they worked with in the Dover Museums and Arts Group WW1 project 'Joined Up'.

Weathertime brings together works by 30 artists from the coasts of England, France and Belgium that form the ‘maritory’ around the Straits of Dover. Together they created a visual diary of the weather in September 2015, each artist  responding to the weather and their relation to it on a particular day.  These responses – in painting, drawing, [...]

The DAD4DADs 6 WAYS 2 WELLBEING project film is a wonderful achievement and legacy to an exceptional project. It shows the dynamic relationship between Dover Arts Development (DAD) and partners the Jasmin Vardimon Company, the practitioners: Richard Bundy, Luke Burrough, Greg Stobbs aka Squirl, Leah Thorn and filmmakers Ewan Golder and Dominic Pillai. It features [...]

A visual feast, a multi-layered film by Ewan Golder, bringing together the different strands of the project.

Alma Tishler Wood won the commission for the new North Downs Way End of Trail Marker on Dover’s Sea Front.

Between Beacon & Shaft audio version (English) with Nicolette Picheral and Colin Hinds

A series of Photographs by Matthias Koch holding a moment of time and at the same time referring to Dover’s multi-layered history.

A film by Ewan Golder of the Keep Going Salon.