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Art ahoy! Dorset artists’ work displayed on Barfleur

Fifteen artists from across Dorset have taken to the high seas for an exhibition aboard Brittany Ferries’ ship the Barfleur on the Poole to Cherbourg crossing. Phil Clayton, who runs the Town Mill Galleries in Lyme Regis, co-curated the venture with Andrew Knutt, Culture+ business developer at The Arts Development Company. ‘It’s good experience for artists, it gives their work exposure. Exhibiting work in a more unusual space helps develop their CVs,’ Phil explained. ‘We selected 15 pieces from more than 100 submissions. We chose a broad range of styles. I’m really pleased with the way they all work...

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Sensing Helen – Tam gathers stories of visually impaired women in Victorian Dorset

Tam Gilbert, a Dorset-based visually impaired artist, is researching the stories of visually impaired women in Dorset. The Heritage Lottery Fund is funding her investigations into the experiences of women in Victorian Dorset and modern times. Artist and story-teller Michele O’Brien joins Tam on her journey. Sensing Helen The Sensing Helen project is inspired by Helen Keller’s experience of learning to communicate. Keller was the first deaf and blind person to graduate in the US. Tam is exploring three areas of visual impairment heritage. She is researching the story of two visually impaired/blind women in Dorset when there was little understanding about disability. Oral histories...

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International artist wins West Bay brief

International artist Michael Pinsky will be helping to shape improvements worth nearly £2m at West Bay near Bridport, Dorset. Pinsky grabbed media attention earlier this year for his Hull UK City of Culture piece, The City Speaks. The installation included a giant screen fitted on the tidal barrier. The screen enabled people to have their words projected across the city. Although the computer software was programmed not to project rude words, several cheeky messages slipped through. Most famous was ‘send nudes’. West Bay ‘welcome hub’ The West Bay projects cover the ‘welcome hub’ by the Green. Motorcyclists meet here,...

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Stop littering Dorset’s coastline!

Artist wanted to help stop people littering Dorset’s coast. Have you got a creative and innovative idea that will encourage people to change their behaviour? We need to stop littering the beautiful Dorset coastline and sea.  Make residents and visitors to become more aware of the damage littering causes, and why we need to stop. This initiative is part of the Dorset Coastal Connections’ portfolio of 18 projects. It’s funded by the Coastal Community Fund and coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum. The Arts Development Company are working collaboratively with the forum and the individual project teams. This a high-profile development for Dorset and is likely...

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Artist wanted for Poole regeneration

Could you improve Poole in Dorset? We have an opportunity for an artist/urban designer/landscape architect. You’ll work as part of an engineering team on regeneration developments. We want to increase the quality of the resident and visitor experience. Our aim is to encourage repeat visits, which will help the local economy. Two public realm projects Dorset Coast Forum are looking for concept development and detailed design on two projects. These are at Shore Road Beach and Branksome Chine. Both projects recognise the importance of the artist, who will have a creative and innovative input. For this reason, we want to bring in an artist...

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The Arts Development Company seeks new CEO

The Arts Development Company is recruiting a new chief executive (CEO). Mike Hoskin, who has led the community interest company since its formation in 2015, is retiring from the role. He will continue to work for TADC in a part-time role after the new chief is appointed. Mike said: ‘This is obviously a big change and one that has required much thought. I am convinced that it is the right move for the company and for me.’ Bold and pioneering Matt Little, chair of the board of trustees and a founding director of the Real Ideas Organisation, said: ‘Mike...

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Stepping into Nature arts workshops prove popular with older people

Older people from Bridport, Lyme Regis and Beaminster have been enjoying a series of free arts workshops. The Arts Development Company designed the workshops as part of the Stepping into Nature project. Trying out different art forms Local artists are running sessions in the Skyrm Room in Beaminster and The Hub in Lyme Regis. Activities include dance, drawing, creative writing, pottery and singing. The workshops are all about having fun, meeting new people and trying out different art forms. ‘It’s an opportunity for people to explore their senses and try new experiences,’ said poet Kim Squirrell from Bridport. Kim...

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Megan is new chair of Dorset Children’s and Young People’s Hub

We’d like to congratulate and welcome Megan Dunford on her new role as the Chair for Dorset Children and Young People’s hub! Introduction: Who you are and what you do? Hello! I am Megan, I work at Bridport Arts Centre as the Exhibitions & Participation Officer and Dorchester Arts as the Participation Officer. I am also a freelance, curator and event organiser. And I am currently supporting Dorchester Youth Theatre What is your background within arts and culture? I have always enjoyed the arts, and making art in particular! I studied at Thomas Hardye School then did my foundation in Arts...

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