What’s Happening

Dorset Council have released a draft of their local plan. It sets out their ambitions and priorities for the next four years (2020 – 2024) and culture is missing. There is no mention of culture in the new plan.

What does this mean? Dorset Council aren’t recognising the value of culture in Dorset and how it positively impacts the lives of visitors and residents in our county. The council are also considering a minimum 10% cut to funding and shorter, one-year agreements that won’t provide the sustainability and security culture organisations need. We’ll talk more about this in the near future and how we’re working to resolve this.

We believe culture needs to be recognised in the local plan and acknowledged as able to deliver on the new Council priorities.

Updates

November 28th: We’ve had a positive and reassuring meeting with Dorset Council, John Selgreen and Peter Wharf about the inclusion of Arts and Culture in the Council Plan. We can expect to see more recognition of the importance of arts and culture in the new draft plan early next year. Please continue to show your support by completing the survey.

What is Culture?

Culture is shared, creative experiences where we express, learn and reflect on our history, place, social issues and personal lives. These experiences can improve wellbeing, strengthen communities and develop vital life skills for employment and a better quality of life.

The Culture sector encompasses arts and heritage organisations, public venues, institutions and activities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Performing arts: dance, music and theatre
  • Visual arts, craft and design
  • Fashion 
  • Media, film, television, video and language 
  • Museums, artefacts and archives 
  • Libraries, literature, writing and publishing 
  • Built heritage: architecture, landscape and archaeology 
  • Tourism, festivals and attractions

Why it Matters

Arts, culture and heritage is vital. It boosts our economy, improves the wellbeing of residents and visitors and creates a strong sense of place and belonging.

A recent report from Arts Council England shows the arts and culture sector is a significant contributor to the UK’s economy. Adding £10.8bn at the last count in 2016, the sector has now overtaken agriculture in terms of GDP contribution and continues to prove its worth, even on a local scale. According to Dorset Council’s State of Dorset 2019 report, the value of creative industries in the Dorset LEP area is £425 million.

There is also clear evidence that the arts can improve wellbeing, drive recovery, support illness and disease management. This arts-led approach saves the NHS money. For every £1 invested in arts on prescription it provides a social return of between £4 and £11.

You can find out more about the impact of arts, culture and heritage in Dorset here.

 

What We’re Doing

  • We’re working with Dorset organisations to advocate for arts, culture and heritage to Dorset Council. We’ve put together a toolkit to help us all campaign for culture.
  • Each concillor in Dorset received a letter from our CEO, along with our annual report and Case for Culture Dorset data to show the enormous impact culture has in our county.
  • We’re rolling out a social media campaign, #CaseForCultureDorset, to keep advocating and shouting loud and proud about the value of culture. We’re trying to get as many organisations and individuals to share this campaign, see below for more details.

What You Can Do

 Have your say about the new local plan. Complete Dorset Council’s survey by 20th December, and make sure your fellow Dorset residents do too. Click here for the survey.

Make sure everyone has their say too. We’ve put together an email template you can use to spread the word:

 Dear

I need your help to secure the future of Dorset’s arts, culture and heritage. 

Dorset Council have released a draft of their local plan. It sets out their ambitions and priorities for the next four years (2020 – 2024) and culture is missing. There is no mention of culture in the new plan.

What does this mean? Dorset Council aren’t recognising the value of culture in Dorset and how it can positively impact the lives of visitors and residents in our county. The council are also considering a minimum 10% cut to culture funding and shorter, one-year agreements that won’t provide the sustainability and security culture organisations need.

I believe Dorset Council should recognise culture is vital and valuable in Dorset. Culture boosts our economy, improves the wellbeing of visitors and residents and creates a strong sense of place and belonging. Dorset’s arts, culture and heritage sector can help the county to thrive and to meet the priorities in the new Local Plan. You can find out more here: https://theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk/news/latest-news/case-for-culture-dorset

Please take a moment to fill in this survey before 20th December and have your say about the value of arts, culture and heritage in Dorset. Please use the box at the end of the survey to write your opinion. This will go directly to Dorset Council and they’ll use the feedback to shape and change the local plan.

Thank you for your time,

Kind regards

Join our Twitter campaign and help us to spread the word. Don’t forget to tag @artsdevco and @DorsetCouncilUK and use the hashtags #CaseForCultureDorset and #DorsetCouncilPlan on Twitter and Instagram.

Copy and paste these tweets:

Arts, culture + heritage increase wellbeing, boost the economy + strengthen communities, but did you know they’re missing from @DorsetCouncilUK ‘s new local plan? Join the campaign and have your say before 20 Dec: https://theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk/news/latest-news/case-for-culture-dorset/ #CaseforCultureDorset #DorsetCouncilPlan

Arts, culture and heritage are vital to strengthen Dorset’s communities and boost our local economy. Help us secure its future: 
https://theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk/news/latest-news/case-for-culture-dorset/ #CaseForCultureDorset #DorsetCouncilPlan @DorsetCouncilUK @ArtsDevCo
Arts, culture and heritage increases wellbeing. Help us secure its future. Join the campaign and have your say https://theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk/news/latest-news/case-for-culture-dorset/ #CaseForCultureDorset #DorsetCouncilPlan @ArtsDevCo

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