Dorset Arts Together (DAT) (formerly Dorset Arts Trust) is a collaboration which brings together over 80 individuals and organisations in a pan Dorset group which is an Arts Council England (ACE) national exemplar for increasing resilience and sustainability through networking.

The collaboration is a network, and the intention is that this will be formally constituted as a charitable trust.


The collaboration is underpinned by agreed principles:

  • That increasing engagement in arts and culture is a good thing
  • That we can achieve more collectively than we can as individual organisations
  • That organisations attend because they want to be there and are getting something from it

That we do not make assumptions about any particular action without providing an evidence base.


The DAT collaboration has generated employment, training and income for arts and culture, developed networks and extended communities and joined up thinking.

The organisations work together through five outcome hubs which reflect the priorities of both ACE and the local authorities in the county and make it easier to generate practical project work. These hubs are Children & Young People, Health, Creative Dorset/Economy, Environment, and Access and Participation.

Working in this way allows the organisations to make strong connections with important initiatives where the capacity for an individual organisation to achieve this is limited. In addition the hubs allow participating organisations to achieve cost benefits through avoiding duplication and sharing expertise and knowledge.


The group meets every 3 months. The next meeting will be in October.


This group is run by The Arts Development Company, members who regularly attends the meetings: Activate, Poole Lighthouse, etc etc

How to join

This collaboration is for anyone with an interest in working together to develop arts and culture sector.  To join please email Mike Hoskin at mike@theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk. You will be included in the list of DAT.