War & Peace

For thousands of years, invaders and visitors alike have arrived and departed from Dover, leaving a unique footprint, ranging from the Roman lighthouse through to the Grand Shaft. “Hellfire Corner”, Churchill called it, this point of arrival and departure, of invasion and retreat.” (Peter Sheppard-Skaerved, musician) War & Peace is a major new programme, taking place from May 2012 to December 2013. Ambitious in scope and scale, it aims to deconstruct Dover’s multi-layered history as peaceful industrial town, seaport for generations of arrivals and departures, and defensive military stronghold in times of war. Over the life of the programme, six separate but inter-related projects will engage participants and audiences in a visual, musical, poetic and intellectual reflection on place. War & Peace will bring international artists of outstanding calibre to Dover to make site-relevant new works, developing a narrative that meditates on journeying and return, the reciprocal generosity of relationships of exchange and connection, and the disruption of peace by war.

Commissioned artists:

  • Nigel Clarke
  • Matthias Koch
  • Joanna Jones
  • Peter Sheppard Skaerved
  • Malene Sheppard Skaerved
  • Clare Smith
  • Dominic de Vere

War & Peace Projects:

  • Re-Framing:  Korinna McRobert
    • July 2012,hybrid Residency and Placement. Re-Framing new video work: A performative and filmic exploration of trauma through visual and oral dialogue, from a female standpoint. Premiered Dover Yacht Club, September 6, 2012
  • The Voyagers: Clare Smith
    • Workshops led by Clare and textile artist Rosie James September 2012: shared making of two related pieces of work exploring memory and loss.
    • The Voyagers Exhibition: 29 September-31 October 2012, in the Bronze Age Boat Gallery, Dover Museum, featuring Clare Smith’s the Voyagers and Philip Bazin’s “Un bateau albanais”.
  • Symposium: 13 October 2012, a one-day seminar on the topic of Memorialisation organised together with Dover Museum : with Western Heights Preservation Society, Jonathan Charley,Tim Strangleman, Marilyn Stephenson-Knight, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Nigel Clarke, Malene Sheppard Skaerved and Chris Burke.
  • Photographs by Matthias Koch:
    • Residency: September/October 2012.
  • Workshops: 
    • Workshop in Spontaneous Creativity: 5 May 2013 with South Africa’s Ha!Man and Zen Collective.
    • Composition workshop Mathew Sharp, 18 March 2013;
    • Composition and storytelling and performance workshop with Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Malene Sheppard Skaerved, 12 November 2013
  • Entre Phare et Shaft/Between Beacon and Shaft:
    • Cie Par le mot Performance with Nicolette Picheral and guitarist Colin Hinds in Dover’s Drop Redoubt Fort & Grand Shaft: 28 & 29 September 2013.
    • DAD hosted Discourse: Beacons and Borders – The Sources and Resources of Exchange
  • Transit: Pulp & Rags Salon and Concert
    • Salon at the National Trust White Cliffs Visitor Centre: 10 October 2021
    • War and Peace Grand Finale Concert, Dover Town Hall (Maison Dieu)  11 October 2013, with world Premieres of Dogger Fisher German Bight Humber Thames Dover Wight by composer Nigel Clarke and writer Malene Sheppard Skaerved and Re-Veil-Le by painter Joanna Jones within a programme devised by Peter Sheppard Skaerved.
  • Project film: 2013, Dominic de Vere
    •  Over the 18 months of the programme, Dominic followed the different strands of the project, which he has woven into his new  film work: WAR & PEACE.

As well as the supporters and funders below, we would like to thank Coombe Valley Transport Ltd., Dover Grammar School for Boys, Dover College, Dover Transport Museum, Dover Visitor Information Centre, Dover War Memorial Project, DTZ Debenham Tie Leung Limited, Port of Dover, Hammond PLC, The London Fancy Box Company, London and South Eastern Railway Ltd, The National Trust, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Dover, Western Heights Preservation Society, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, University of Kent, University of Strathclyde, and everyone involved in the project.