INTRODUCTION TO THE FESTIVAL

Image based on an original photograph by © Martin Bradley 2021.

YOU AND ME AND EVERYTHING WE KNOW

This Digital Festival plays to DAD’S strengths and its ambition to work both strategically and on the ground to embed the arts in Dover. To grow and consolidate the district’s artist community, the festival primarily engages artists from Dover who bring their own specific relationships with place into the festival.

This is DAD’s first major project to focus on sound and music, forming itself around a designed digital component. It will expand DAD’s portfolio, enhance DAD’s digital capacity, accessibility and outreach, and build more dynamic resilience through online legacies.

A curated DAD radio segment with Dover Community Radio will provide an open, discursive platform to support DAD’s contributor network with co-authored programming bringing together artists and local people not necessarily involved in the arts. It will bring new audiences and opportunities to Dover and DAD’s associates while developing a meaningful partnership with DCR.

Louisa Love, Louise Webb and Joseph Black, are young Dover-born artists who have moved away from and returned to Dover and say that DAD has made them aware of their hometown’s potential for pursuing arts & culture and meaningfully sustaining a life as artists.

DAD understands lateral collaboration as a synergic system for both progressing individual practices and supporting other artists.

DAD (Dover Arts Development) was founded in January 2006 to initiate and deliver high quality contemporary art projects in Dover and Dover District. DAD incorporated in April 2008 as a company limited by guarantee and uses DAD as its business name. Its co-founders Joanna Jones and Clare Smith see DAD as an extension of their individual arts practices and as a developing creative structure. DAD plays an advocacy role for the arts generally and particularly in Dover District, where it has contributed to current strategies for the public realm and regeneration set in place by Kent County Council, Dover Pride and Dover District Council.

WHAT IS DAD?

DAD initiates events
DAD values hospitality
DAD invites conversation
DAD welcomes partnership
DAD pursues a strategic role for the arts in placemaking
DAD seeks connection with artists locally and globally
DAD engages participants from the community and further afield
DAD travels virtually and physically all over the world
DAD is at home in Dover
DAD is nomadic
DAD is a collection of artists
DAD is a creative force
DAD cares

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  • PRESS

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  • TUNE IN TO DAD RADIO

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  • PHOTO DIARY: MARTIN BRADLEY

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  • JOSEPH BLACK

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  • DIGITAL RESIDENCY

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