DAD Artists at Home

The DAD Artists at Home strand of the What Next? project aims to support DAD’s community of contributors during the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, by providing digital outlets and promotion for their work and aiding further connections between artists and projects.

Through its activity over the last 12 years, DAD has cultivated a significant network of over 150 contributors in and beyond Dover, a growing collection of voices + practices who all actively sit within DAD’s history and continue to shape it as a porous collaborative structure.

As DAD has reached a crucial point of assessment of how it secures its future and ensures the continuation of its co-operative cultural vision for Dover, our wider world too is experiencing a much more fundamental state of change and self-reflection. The Covid-19 pandemic crisis has asked us to significantly adapt our means of interaction with one another towards primarily digital forms, away from a reliance on physical spaces or proximities. As we begin to grapple with the varying effects of these conditions, an urgent need has been highlighted to consider how we develop sustainable methods of supporting and connecting with each other that prioritise a consciousness of personal, communal and environmental ecologies.

Within the What Next? project, DAD Artists at Home is about not only enhancing this sense of support and (digital) resilience, but more symbolically, reflecting the centrality of the various individuals, practices and histories woven into the ongoing narrative of DAD – and the importance of this multi-voiced approach – in creating a sustainable, long-term vision for creative/cultural practice. It is about a creative sense of place and community that emanates outwards from – but is not restricted to – a particular location or locality; encouraging a belonging or being at home through connective gestures and relationships.

The project aims to raise awareness of DAD as a lasting resource for its community, generating continued support for these 150+ contributors and highlighting the resonance of DAD’s project legacies in and beyond Dover.

DAD Artists at Home will run May – October 2020 and is led by artist and curator Louisa Love. She has invited everyone in DAD’s contributor network to share their current/lockdown activity in the form of videos, photos, sound, writing and weblinks to be featured on this dedicated area of DAD’s website and promoted via social media platforms.

The DAD-initiated #covid19artistsathome Instagram hashtag has (as of mid-May 2020) attracted over 2,000 posts from artists across the world, proving a very democratic means of bringing people together during social isolation.

We encourage artists to continue to share their activity using the #covid19artistsathome hashtag, which DAD will select from and repost to increase the reach of artists’ work.

Alongside this, DAD and its contributors will be using a new dedicated #dadartistsathome hashtag for sharing work as part of the DAD Artists at Home project.