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Dover Arts Development (DAD) is run by Dover-based artists Clare Smith and Joanna Jones. They are both passionate about the way in which art fosters dialogue and contributes to the strengthening of communities. DAD activities are focused on Dover Town, but its projects naturally extend to the neighbouring towns of Deal and Sandwich and further afield to the whole of Kent and beyond. They also have studio space for contemporary fine artists and creative practitioners to use.

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Welcome to Dover Arts Development DAD



Dover Arts Development is run by Dover-based artists Clare Smith and Joanna Jones. Together they have worked on a wide range of arts projects and in their work they seek to engage the community and share their passion for artistic excellence and contemporary practice.



Dover Arts Development (DAD) began life as an unincorporated partnership in 2006 and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in April 2008. Dover Arts Development Ltd has two directors, artists Clare Smith and Joanna Jones.



Dover Arts Development is committed to bringing high quality contemporary art to visitors as well as locals in and around the Dover, Deal and Sandwich area, supporting artists' practice, stimulating cultural activity in Dover, contributing to Dover's economy and making the area an exciting place to live.



The various activities of Dover Arts Development have at their heart the development of creativity and artistic practice in a real and direct way within Dover Town and community. At the same time, the reach of Dover Arts Development's projects extends well beyond the boundaries of the Town to Kent and further afield. For a full list of Dover Arts Development's projects, present and past please go to




Studio Space Available


Dover Arts Development now has studio space available for use within the former Royal Mail sorting office at Charlton Green, Maison Dieu Road/Frith Street, CT16 1AA in Dover town, just a short drive from Deal and Sandwich.



It is available to artists as a studio share on very flexible weekly terms, making it ideal if you want to make a large piece of work over a few weeks or if you want a space on a more permanent basis. There is 7-day a week access, heating, water and electricity, a roll-up roll-down door for easy moving of large items, access for vehicles and parking. The space is also available for creative projects, subject to appropriate proposals.





Please contact Dover Arts Development for bookings or information


or mobile 07766111075


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latest reviews

In February 2011, said about Dover Arts Development

It is a pleasure to work with DAD and they are always prompt with their payments

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In February 2011, said about Dover Arts Development

We have worked with Dover Arts Development on several projects over the last two years including a Cultural Survey of Dover and community projects as part of the Sea Change Programme. Joanna and Clare have been a pleasure to work with and have always delivered on time and on budget. They have been key to engaging with the local community and we would recommend them to any organisation wishing to become involved in Cultural activites in the town.

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    Dover Arts Development Ltd
    Charlton Green
    Maison Dieu/Frith Street
    CT16 1AA
    T: 01304 207982
    M: 07766 111075

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