DIGITAL RESIDENCY

Image based on a photograph supplied by Peter Sheppard Skaerved

DDF21 includes two Digital Residencies for a music student from the Royal Academy of Music supervised by Peter Sheppard Skaerved and a creative writing Student from Goldsmiths College to be supervised by Malene Skaerved.
The residencies will give an opportunity to the young artists to develop a work responsive to the context of Dover and link the young residency artists to those that can help them in their research to realise their project. Residencies are a mechanism for sharing DAD’s work and methodologies in and beyond Dover.

IINTRODUCING YOUNG ARTISTS TO DOVER

On the 3rd August 2021, Malene Skærved  and Peter Sheppard Skærved, who have both collaborated with DAD for years, brought two young artists to Dover. Alexia Beatrice Guglielmi, from the Philippines, is a writer, who has been studying at Goldsmiths. Lucas Levin, a musician from Australia, has been at the Royal Academy of Music. This was their first visit to the town.

The conversations and explorations began on the train down from St Pancras International. As soon as they arrived, the group went to the Maison Dieu, where they were met by Jon Iveson, Head of Culture for Dover District Council and Head Curator at Dover Museum, who gave a fascinating overview of the restoration and rediscovery currently underway at this extraordinary building. Questions of layered histories, travel, the relationship between past present and future began to bubble to the surface.

Then it was time to get to the sea – more conversations on the harbour wall, with shell fish from the kiosk on the beach. All four artists share a fascination ‘nested cultural heritages’ and identity: there’s no better place to discuss than the historic arrival and departure point from the UK.

Then deeper into the history, the visitors’ first encounter with the vertiginous nature of everything in Dover – up the cliff to the Roman Pharos, and the Saxon church behind. Stepping forward in time, the group explored the Norman keep of Dover castle, and found more beautiful places to sit and talk: more stories told, more tales of travel shared.

Then down the hill to the nerve centre of DAD at Victoria Park. Joanna Jones showed the visitors over her beautiful home and studio, and, naturally enough, the conversations moved towards the practice of artists. Joanna served a wonderful supper, and the discussions elaborated.

The visit marked the beginning of Alexia and Lucas’s virtual residency with DAD Digital Festival. It will be fascinating to see what emerges.

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