Dartford Arts Network
Project Category: Other
We are a group of artists who are part of the Dartford Arts Network; a collaborative network promoting and facilitating the arts in Dartford, allowing artists to showcase their skills and work whilst engaging with the local community.
Dartford Arts Network was founded by various people in Dartford, including painters, sculptors, sonic artists, designers, illustrators, curators, social media consultants, media, photographers and educators.
We have worked on a number of projects with and for the community; last year we installed an 85 metre long set of artworks on unsightly hoarding boards in our town. The project transformed that area and was received with nothing but positivity from locals – we are hoping to revamp and extend the project this year.
We also delivered our very successful Plastic Fantastic project last year. With funding from Ellandi awarded through Project Dirt, we were able to hold two workshops in a local shopping centre, focused on making art from found and recycled objects. We then built a ‘wishing tree’ from donated pipe, and hung the objects made by the public from the ‘tree’. Alongside this, we built a world ‘map’ from recycled card and paper, showing where your plastics go when they end up in our oceans. The project was incredibly fun to be part of, and really engaged the public with it’s process and message.
In 2017 we have a number of projects in the pipeline; a Spring Fayre in our local park, focused on crafts, land art, our relationship with the earth and the Green Man; a group exhibition; involvement in the Silk River project which is linking the UK & India via the Thames and creating painted silk banners for display, and much more.
The majority of our projects involve the local community and our overarching goal is always to engage the public in the area in relation to art; to produce it, facilitate it, promote it and explore it. We believe in the power of art to make a positive impact on everyday lives, through self-exploration, self-expression, collaboration, as well as just for enjoyment and aesthetic pleasure!
DAN was set up in 2012 and is run entirely by volunteers who give their time alongside their ‘day jobs’ to making these projects a reality. For funding, we rely on support from local and national funding organisations and can’t thank Project Dirt enoguh for all their help.
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