What better way to bring to life the new Cultural Strategy for Dorset than shining a light on the gems of arts and culture in our county? 

The best way to demonstrate the new Cultural Strategy, which we wrote for Dorset Council, is in the context of the fantastic work in the arts, heritage and culture sector that is already happening – because it isn’t a start from scratch, but builds on the remarkable network that already exists. So we are exploring projects and individuals to highlight the diverse range of creative work taking place across the county.

We continue our series with the new Weymouth Sculpture Trail.

The Weymouth Sculpture Trail has been achieved by partnering two local authorities and Portland-based arts organisation B-Side. Together, they’ve commissioned leading public artists to create a unique trail that amplifies Weymouth’s waterside location. It’s a fantastic example of how art can change public perceptions of our towns.

The trail features a series of six sculptural installations at a variety of locations around the town, including some lesser-known spots. The artworks are connected by a walking trail, which is around a mile long and designed to be accessible. Water refill units have also been installed along the route by Wessex Water to discourage the use of single use plastics.

Six artists were chosen to design and create the artworks for the trail by members of the council’s Arts Advisory Panel, supported by B-Side curators.

The artworks use a wide range of materials, techniques, approaches and interpretations to tell the story of the town’s history and connection to water, as well as exploring current and future challenges.


We will highlight more organisations, individuals and projects in the course of this year.
If you know someone who you think should feature, we would love to hear from you – just contact us on hello@theartsdevelopmentcompany.co.uk.