We want to support Dorset’s Arts and Culture sector through this difficult time. We’re offering our expertise for free to creatives in Dorset to ensure we survive and thrive.

Free One-to-One Support

We are are offering a free, 30-minute one-to-one session to artists, designers and makers in Dorset. We can help with many aspects of your career, practice or creative business,. Please note, we may not be able to have one-to-one sessions with everyone, but we will be able to signpost you to trusted resources.

Please email hello@theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk with:

  • Your name
  • Name and brief description of your practice/business/organisation
  • A brief description or bullet points of what you’d like advice and support for

What Next? Dorset

Part of the National What Next? movement, this is a space to share, debate and take action on issues facing the local and national culture sector. It’s open to everyone working in and connected to the creative and culture sector in Dorset. We’re currently holding weekly meeting on Zoom, every Thursday at 2pm for one hour. Join our Facebook group for more information and for the meeting details.

Artwork by Katie Brookes. 


✨Dorset Artists’ Emergency Fund: Apply or Donate✨

If you’re in financial hardship you can apply here:
If you would like to donate to this campaign, please click here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/dorset-artists-emergency-fund
b-side has brought together a host of Dorset arts organisations and artists, including the Arts Development Company, to launch a Crowdfunder campaign to raise money to meet urgent short-term financial needs.
The fund is for all Dorset -based artists, including those in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. This is open to (but not limited to) visual artists, musicians, comedians, performers, directors, actors, writers, filmmakers, theatre makers, producers, curators, clowns.
To apply, artists must be aged 18 or over, have a bank account and be unable to pay for essential living costs because of the loss of freelance income. Grants of between £100 and £500 are available.


Weekly Videos

Every Tuesday at 10am on our Facebook and Instagram, our Marketing Officer Jaz released a new, short video.  Each week Jaz chatted through ways she’s having to change and adapt in the hope they will help you too.
Coming soon: A new video series to help creatives make digital content

Arts at Home

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. Find out more here

Trusted resources for the arts and culture sector

We will update these resources regularly. If you would like anything added or require more information please email our Marketing and Communications Officer, Jasmine O’Hare: jasmine@theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk

 Click the graphics below to access the resources.