Arts and Culture is vital for everyone. It shapes our communities, improves our wellbeing and creatively solves some of our most immediate global issues. We at the Arts Development Company strengthen the arts and culture sector and develop innovative, collaborative and creative solutions that transform people, place and community.
We do this by:
We are an independent Community Interest Company which formed in 2015 after staff spun out of Dorset County Council.
We manage a creative hub in Dorchester called the Little Keep which has eight tenants including arts and cultural charities and third sector organisations.
We currently retain a service level agreement with Dorset Council to deliver arts development across Dorset.
For the first time in company history, in 2019-2020 we worked internationally, partnering with another social enterprise in Bali, Indonesia to promote and support creatives with disabilities.
BETTER HEALTH & WELLBEING
Mental health, social isolation and unemployment are all pressing and immediate issues. We aim to improve people’s wellbeing and increase their life chances through creative participatory workshops and courses.
SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTS & COMMUNITIES
Meaningful and sustainable public spaces can unify a community, increase tourism and improve wellbeing. Through our placemaking projects we want to support villages, towns and cities to create enjoyable public spaces.
Everyone should have access to high-quality arts and culture. We identify gaps in the arts and culture on offer and find creative solutions for the Local Authorities and organisations to address these inequalities.
A SECURE FUTURE FOR ARTS & CULTURE
Arts and culture needs to be resilient to change. We continue to broker partnerships between the arts and other sectors to find new funding streams to strengthen the sector and secure the future of arts and culture in Dorset and beyond.