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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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Report calls for ‘young person pot’ of funds for Dorset

Young people in Dorset need a single point of information to find out about arts opportunities. They also need affordable places to hang out and develop creative ideas. The activity should be paid for from a ‘young person pot’ of funds, says a new report. Ideas, training and events The report recommends that all young people in the area aged from 15 to 25 should be able to access a central Dorset young person funding pot. The money would be used to help realise ideas, put on events, go and see things or participate in training. Cultural Education Challenge The Arts Development Company...

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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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Landscape and arts video tender for South Dorset Ridgeway

We have an exciting creative opportunity for video makers to film and edit a short video about the South Dorset Ridgeway. The Arts Development Company and the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership are working together to produce a 5 to 7-minute video, plus some short 30-second to one-minute social media edits. The aim is to capture the spirit of the South Dorset Ridgeway landscape. The video will also feature some of the arts projects that have taken place in relation to that landscape. How to apply The video and short edits will be used widely on websites and social media...

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The Arts Development Company expands income in first two years

Two years after we were formed, The Arts Development Company in Dorset have successfully expanded our income sources and secured significant long-term contracts. The figures show we are building a sustainable future. The Arts Development Company leads arts development in Dorset. We are an independent, employee-owned community interest company. We were formed in 2015 from the county council’s arts team. Our pioneering organisation is the only one of its kind in the UK. Growing demand for services Paid for (as opposed to grant funded) activity increased by 18% during our second year. This reflected a growing demand for our services. Diversification is a priority. When we began in 2015, we...

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