Art workshop at Western Heights

DMAG: WWI CODENAME JOINED UP

Press Release

Art will feature as part of the Western Heights Preservation Society’s Drop Redoubt Open Weekend on 30th to 31st May 2015 from 10am – 5pm.

The Western Heights Preservation Society is participating in Codename: Joined Up. Managed by Dover Arts Development (DAD), DMAG Codename: Joined Up is a 2-year project bringing together museums, heritage and the arts; joining up contemporary artists with WW1 history. The project has already brought new visitors to Drop Redoubt through a drawing and stitching workshop that took place in October last year.

Artist John Dargan is working with WHPS to produce a new artwork and will be manning a stall on both days at the Open Weekend and offering free family-friendly activities for the public, including drawing out a design and making it into a stamp that can be printed. There will be images of the activities in World War 1 related to the Western Heights for children to work with and they will be able to design and make their own rubber stamps. As Dargan says “This could be an exciting way of creating a memorable souvenir of a visit to an amazing place.”

Dover Arts Development has developed this project to “bring together the arts and heritage in a way that allows for connection, inspiration and a possibility of creative participation for visitors.”

For Dargan the activity “will be an inspiring way of seeing the Western Heights and exploring the history of the area.

Paul Wells and Phil Eyden said “WHPS are pleased to once again be working with DAD to show off the superb backdrop that the Western Heights offers for a variety of arts and this is just another example of what this monument could contribute to Dover.