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

Photographer Matthias Koch came back in 2015 to photograph Dover once again.

Weathertime (2015) brings together works by 30 artists from the coasts of England, France and Belgium that form the ‘maritory’ around the Straits of Dover.

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 the Jasmin Vardimon Company & practitioners: Richard Bundy, Luke Burrough, Greg Stobbs aka Squirl, Leah Thorn and filmmakers Ewan Golder and Dominic Pillai.

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

Alma Tischlerwood 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 from 2013 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.

Dominic de Vere's Film War & Peace

A DAD War and Peace commission 2012/13 : Painter Joanna Jones, film made with Dominic de Vere.