Diane Dever

Diane is an interdisciplinary artist/curator/producer who works collaboratively to explore the intersections of public, private, and liminal space. Her work provokes insight into how urban space is experienced, quantified, produced, and understood. She is interested in notions of Civic and Public.

She leads Folkestone Fringe, an arts development agency, who through the commissioning of place-based art, architecture, performance, and sound, seeks to involve people in the changes that are happening in the place they live. Folkestone Fringe does this by making interventions in public space and by curating festivals, projects, and events. A focus is to train the young people from the town to deliver projects and festivals, so that they become the cultural programmers and producers of their future in the town they grew up in. She was also the curator for Folkestone Harbour Arm (2015-2022), a once derelict one-kilometer-long ferry and railway terminal revitalised to be a highly successful commercial and leisure destination.

Diane sits on the UK Arts and Place Group for Place Alliance. She is Chair of the UK Urban Room Network and founder of Urban Room Folkestone. She is Chair for the International Regional Advisory Committee for the Institute for Public Art.

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