Dover Big Local Conversation Event


On Saturday 25 May 2013 Clare Smith led on a mapping project for the Dover Big Local Conversation Event in the town hall, with help from artists Charley Vines and Jack Coulson. Residents of all ages were invited to share their dreams for Dover and asked to “Map the possible. Map the impossible“. DAD invited photographers Chris Burke and Martin Bradley to join in the mapping of the Dover Big Local Area – they both used photographs they had taken in the Big Local Area as a way of stimulating conversation. A highlight of the event was the Flash Mob performance by K College Performing Arts students in the Market Square, Pencester Gardens and outside the Town Hall. The performing arts faculty is moving to the Dover Campus in September. DAD instigated the Kcollege participation, and along with Anita Luckett, advocated right at the beginning of the planning stage for a visual approach to participation and engagement.

Anita Luckett of Ace Designs led on a sketchbook project, encouraging residents to make a visual record of their ideas. Two sketch books were started, one for residents, and one for schools started by Eleanor Luckett. Residents were also able to write their ideas down and put them in an suggestions box if they preferred. Susan Proudfoot , Pat Sherrat and Ron Wright were on hand to meet and greet people as they came in and to explain what the project is all about. John Wiggell from the Dover youth theatre was also there to support the event and teach people how to stage fight with real stage swords!

Both Joanna Jones and Clare Smith were involved as Dover residents and as artists and directors of DAD. Many others contributed behind the scenes – all the members of the interim steering committee chaired by Ross Miller; Rick & Sarah from local firm DavisDavis who designed the posters free of charge, the many leafleters, including Dover’s free runners, …. 

Refreshments were provided throughout the day.

A key feature of the event was the focus on consultation not entertainment.

Visit the Dover Big Local website for more information and to find out how to get involved.