Art and Culture

Dover has a rich cultural heritage with many practicing artists, musicians and a thriving drama community.

As part of Dover Big Locals commitment to the Arts a focus group called Dover Big Local Art 31 has been formed, bringing together people of all ages and art practices to share ideas, organise events and  network. Regular meetings are held. To find out more contact clare@dadonline.eu

Dover Big Local also has a gallery space at the Hub with a changing temporary exhibitions programme. Artists can book display space. Contact: Sam at samcapell@live.com

DBL Art 31 Forum News

PROJECT UPDATES AND OTHER NEWS

  • Paul Dagys has started a live-music group called Dover Beach Buoys. They meet every 3rd Monday of the month in the Louis for an open session called Good Vibrations. Generally the group perform at 8 and then from 9 there is an Open Mic session open to all. The group is looking for new people to get involved.
    The Dover Beach Buoys / Good Vibrations event will usually be on the third Monday of the month, but due to a previously scheduled event at the Louis, This month will be 8pm Monday March 27.

    The Beach Bards now meets the second Tuesday of the month, next meeting is March 14, at Salle Verte coffe shop, 7pm
  • ART31 Gallery: Sam and Christian are now running this together. Email art31gallery@hotmail.com if you are interested in showing work. And please do support the gallery by going to the open nights. There is a Facebook page which I would urge you to “like” @dblgallery / https://www.facebook.com/dblgallery/?ref=br_rsDover Arts Development is starting a new project with young people and is planning to show some of the work in the gallery.

    There is also a collaborative project coming up with Threads Kent.

  • Joanna Jones updated the group on the background to the appearance of THE TABLE now on Charlton Green, by Morrisons. This oversized table was made by Sculptor Anthony Heywood together with Uwe Derksen as a homage to Brancusi’s Table of Silence and as a monument to peace. Furniture made by Cormac is currently awaiting installation and there are some ideas around the introduction of a planting scheme together with Transition Dover. The idea is for THE TABLE to become a place for performance, poetry…and other events.
    More info: http://www.dadonline.eu/projects/the-table/We discussed the idea of creating an explanatory plaque and will return to this once all the seating is installed.
  • Louisa Love introduced the 100 miles for 100 years project and has invited people to get involved. The idea is to create a trail in Dover which would commemorate local ww1 history through stories and family histories. http://kentww1.com/100-miles-100-years/
  • MUSIC FOR CHANGE: http://www.musicforchange.org
    Music for Change brings culturally diverse music and dance into the classroom and the community.
    Gerry Sterling introduced Music For Change and discussed a project they would like to bring to Dover which involves setting up a community choir. We discussed ensuring there were adequate lead-in times and attendance at community events to publicise the project and encourage people to get involved: e.g. Dover Regatta, Dover Together, etc. They are also planning an Early Years project.
    Gerry will get in touch with Trevor at the DBL hub to discuss in more detail and Clare will provide contact details for the Port of Dover and the Samphire project (Dover Together).
    All present really liked the idea and would support a bid to DBL.
  • DOVER TOGETHER: MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY 20 MAY 2017
    Please contact caroline@samphireproject.org.uk for more info.

    There is a meeting ON Wednesday March 15th from 6 -8 pm at their offices here in Dover (click here to access a map). The meeting will be a chance to:

    – Meet my lovely colleague Indre who will be taking over coordination of the Multicultural Festival from me after I leave Samphire (my last day is March 22nd).
    – Get an update on how the planning is going for Dover Together and what we have lined up so far for the day
    – Review what still needs to be done and what support we need in order to do it
    – For you to ask any questions you may have about the event
    – Think about how best to promote the event and get as much of our community involved as possible.I hope to see many of you there. For those of you who haven’t come to our offices before we are the big blue door next to the bridal shop – the front door will be open and there is a buzzer for Samphire in the porch. As ever snacks are guaranteed.
  • OTHER:
  • DBL ART31 and the Big Draw in partnership with Dover Arts Development: The large collaborative drawing is on display in the hub meeting room.
  • Opportunity for Stalls at the Charlton Centre every Sunday: contact Joseph in the cafe.
  • Dover Beach Bards, poetry writers group meet every 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm. at La Salle Verte, 15 Cannon St, Dover. Contact artguy777@yahoo.com, tel. 07753 206 992
  • St Dominus Day with Dover Tales, 6 May. The St Dominus festival in Dover results from Dover’s cultural connections with Split in Croatia – Split is twinned with Dover. Find out how to get involved by contacting Barry O’Brien: barry@dovertales.co.uk
    Last year’s St Dominus Day by Dover Tales:
    https://youtu.be/96cl3nItX88
    To find out more about St Dominus:
    https://selectitaly.com/blog/croatia-travel/saint-domnius-splits-famous-seaside-patron-saint/

Next meeting: 7PM 22 March 2017, 67 Astley Avenue Dover, CT16 2PW