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Page Updated Dover:- Monday, 18 December, 2023.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

25 November 2023

Art Club

Open 2023+

27 Market Square

Dover

https://www.facebook.com/theartclubdover/

https://whatpub.com/art-club

Art Club building 2014

Above Google image, May 2014.

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Above photo 2023.

Art Club inside 2023

Above photo 2023.

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Above photo 2023.

 

Open up in the former Estate Agents in November 2023 and described as a Cafe, Bar and Events Venue.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Liane Castle, 27 April 2023.

Work starts on new music venue and nightclub The Art Club in Dover’s Market Square.

Work has started to create a new music venue and nightclub in a former estate agents.

The Art Club, set for Dover, will also host a cafe and work space and those behind it hope to attract headline acts from the world of music, art and comedy to the town.

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CGIs show how the inside of The Art Club could look once open. Picture: Travis Skelton.

It will take over an empty unit previously used by Bairstow Eves estate agent in the recently renovated Market Square.

DJs Travis Skelton, Alfy Dunne and Rory Pye are behind the project and hope to transform the venue ready for a summer opening.

Mr Dunne, 22, said: “We want to rejuvenate the town and create something people want to come out for.

“I hope people will see it as something to look forward to.”

During the day, The Art Club will be a cafe with a co-working space, but by the time evening rolls in, it will become a bar with live music and events.

Alfy Dunne and Travis Skelton

Alfy Dunne and Travis Skelton are launching The Art Club in Market Square, Dover, with friend Rory Pye.

It can also be stripped down to become a nightclub at the weekend as the team have a late night licence until 3am.

The trio have been working in events for the past six years and are behind Section 82 festival, held in Dover.

The Art Club will be an extension to this, giving them a permanent base to host more regular events as they feel there is a need for more creative arts in the town.

“There is not anywhere in Dover that does what we want to do,” said Mr Skelton, 25.

“Most people will travel to London if they want a night out but we want to start bringing some headliners to Dover, to make the music scene better than it currently is.

“A decent, local night out is just non-existent in Dover and we want to bring out the next generation of music artists and DJs.”

Mr Dunne added: “We want to do events pretty much every weekend with a headline act once a month, at least.

“It’s not just music either, we want to host comedy events, open mic nights and everything in between.

“It’s called The Art Club because we want to cover all creative arts and be diverse.”

They chose the unit in Market Square as they feel it has become a “hotspot” after recent investment to transform the look of the area costing 3.6 million.

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The three friends hope to bring something new to Dover.

A water feature with four rings has been installed and the square now has a paved space for performance, more seating and lighting making it more pedestrian friendly.

Mr Dunne said: “The council is putting a lot of money into the town.

“It’s a good hotspot; it gets a lot of footfall. We are on the corner so we want to make it look nice and inviting for people.”

CGIs have been released which show how the inside of the venue could look, with seating, DJ booth and bar shown.

Once renovations are complete, there will also be a small pop-up kitchen were chefs can rent the space at different times to diversity the menu.

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Tables can be cleared away to turn it into a nightclub. Picture: Travis Skelton.

The Art Club will open from 8am to 11pm during the week and close at 3am on weekends.

This is not the only change to Dover’s nightlife in recent months.

Nearby venue "Rhino and Bull’s" has applied to extend its opening hours to 3am at weekends instead of the current 1am.

And in March, a decision was made forcing the "Attic Bar" in Church Street to close earlier following two reports of affray.

This came just months after its opening hours were extended.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Liane Castle, 18 December 2023.

The Art Club owners hope to liven up Dover nightlife so they don’t have to travel up to London.

The owners of a new venue got so fed up with travelling to London for a good night out that they decided to liven up the scene in their town.

 

DJs Travis Skelton, Alfy Dunne and Rory Pye have spent six months renovating the former Bairstow Eves estate agent into The Art Club in Dover’s Market Square.

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Directors Alfy Dunne, Travis Skelton and Rory Pye are behind The Art ClubPicture: Lydia Alton.

The venue doubles up as a cafe and co-working space by day, and a live events venue and bar by night – with music, art and comedy on show.

After opening last month, director Travis Skelton says there is nothing similar on offer in the town.

“There is not a lot in Dover in terms of nightlife,” he said.

“We don't really go out unless we're travelling to London and we were getting fed up with always travelling so we thought, let's create something at home ourselves.

“There are a few other venues in town which is nice to see because we don't want to be the only ones, but when you walk through the door you’ll see there is nothing else like us in Dover.

“We didn't know how the daytime was going to go, being what people have called “another coffee shop”, but we are offering something different because it is a co-working space with a more chilled-out vibe.

“In the evenings we are a cocktail bar and at the weekends we clear everything out and we're a music and event space.

“It's nice to finally put our creative stamp on something.”

The trio have been working in events for the past six years and are behind Section 82 festival, held in Dover.

The Art Club will be an extension to this, giving them a permanent base to host more regular events as they feel there is a need for more creative arts in the town.

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The Art Club has opened in Dover's Market Square.

As well as the bar, stage and courtyard, the owners say they have gone above and beyond to make the venue as soundproof as possible to be a considerate neighbour to residents and businesses.

“We've spent an awful lot of money on our windows,” explained Mr Skelton.

“The bar has been completely custom-built with acoustic panelling to make it sound as good as possible.

“The sound system is all pointed around and not just in one stack – so wherever you stand in the venue, it sounds really good and it is not too loud.

“We know a lot of complaints come from the High Street with people smoking and being loud, but to get in people have to use our side entrance so everyone's in and out around the back.

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Bosses say they have gone “above and beyond” on the sound equipment.

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The Art Club is a cafe and co-working space by day, and a bar by night.

“It will be one-in-one-out on the door once we hit capacity, which is between 100 and 120 people.”

The venue is open until 11pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for workshops and activities, and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays for events.

 

LICENSEE LIST

DUNNE Alfy, SKELTON Travis & PILE Rory 25/Nov/2023+

 

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