Like arts organisations across the world, we have had to cut some of our arts projects short. Our participants have missed out on exciting, creative activities, and so we’ve reassigned the money to five Dorset artists and arts organisations that will be creating free activities people can enjoy at home. Funded by Dorset Council and Arts Council England.

Nature Writing for Wellbeing with Louisa Adjoa-Parker

Develop your writing skills at home and learn how to write about nature.

This writing pack is designed to support Dorset people (aged 10+) who would like to try nature writing during the summer of 2020. The aim is to support beginners to develop confidence in telling their story in relation to the natural environment.

The pack can be used individually, or with friends/family. Young people and those who need support can work through it with a parent, guardian, or carer. It includes:

  • Simple warm-up writing exercises
  • Reading activities
  • Questions to think about or discuss with others
  • Hints and tips
  • A choice of main writing activities.

Download the writing pack here

Watch the accompanying video here

Anna Golding, Fingerprint Dance

4 Episodes – watch here.

Anna will guide you through gentle chair-based and standing exercises for 30 minutes. These will work to develop physical health (flexibility, balance, co-ordination, strength) and well-being (self-expression, enjoyment, emotional release, mind and body connection).

Since 2011, Anna Golding has established and delivered a programme of inclusive dance projects in Dorset. Anna now runs the Community Interest Company, Fingerprint Dance, which was set up in 2019.

Fingerprint Dance celebrates diversity and different life experiences, enriching mental and physical health and challenging inequalities in the arts industry. Fingerprint Dance believe art is powerful and can changes lives. Uncertain times require art to provoke and question, as well as soothe and restore faith in each other.

Babigloo Music for Babies

Babigloo delights our youngest audience with non-verbal music making on their Facebook page. They’re also available to view afterwards on their Youtube Channel.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Hugh’s Musical Walks

7 Episodes – watch here.

Join Hugh on a musical ‘walk’ from the comfort of home as each 10-minute episode features tunes both old and new. Sing, clap or whistle along!

BSO Associate musician Hugh Nankivell is a popular figure across the South West where he and his accordion are known for bringing cheer to care homes, hospitals and schools.

Cut and Stick Together

OUT OF STOCK – Art boxes for people who need them the most

Cut and Stick Together design arts activities for vulnerable groups of adults, children and families that fit neatly into a large-letter sized box. Each box contains all the materials and instructions needed to enjoy fun, creative activities that:

• Boost mental wellbeing
• Develop making skills and creative thinking
• Provide escapism and respite

 100 boxes of papercraft activities for families were distributed via food banks.