Masks, Mirages and the Morphic Self
Without the LONDON BIENNALE there would most likely be no DOVER ARTS DEVELOPMENT.
It was on the boat trip to Robben Island that I conceived of the idea of the London Biennale. I discussed the idea with Adam Nankervis on our way back to Cape Town. We continued discussing the idea when we got back to Berlin….. I thought it was time to create a viable and memorable platform for the world’s ‘marginal artists’, and that, initially, was the inspiration for the LONDON BIENNALE, a biennale that would be open to every artist regardless of age, sex, ethnic origin, and artistic language or style. (David Medalla Founder of the London Biennale)
The London Biennale has led to so many friendships and creative events. Alma Tischlerwood first brought me into the Biennale with the London Biennale pollination at the Institute of physics in 2004. This is where I first met Clare Smith and discovered that we were both living in Dover. The meeting went on to develop into the deep friendship that manifested in Dover Arts Development (DAD) in 2006 and continues till today. (Joanna Jones)
I got involved in the London Biennale in 2004 on graduating and met Jill Rock at Soho Square. I had no idea what I was getting into…. But she said I must get in touch with Joanna Jones who I finally met at the Institute of Physics – she had a piece of work in Jill’s show and when she walked in someone said to her “there’s another artist from Dover here.” I think she was totally shocked. This turned out to be a momentous meeting and led to the formation of Dover Arts Development and an enduring and rich friendship as well as empathetic and critical guidance and encouragement regarding my practice. (Clare Smith)
Clare and Joanna have organised London Biennale pollinations in Dover in 2007 and in 2008 & 2012 together with Alma Tischlerwood.