CURRENT PROJECTS

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Thriving Communities: Nature Buddies

With a number of partners, we are delivering a year-long programme to upskill existing voluntary and community groups to deliver inclusive and creative nature-themed local activities for people referred by their Link Workers.

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Dorset Coastal Connections, People and Places project

A series of projects that create physical, digital and emotional connections between  residents and visitors and the spectacular Dorset Coast.

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Women Leaders South West

SWarm is a pilot leadership programme bringing together eight female-led cultural organisations to explore regional leadership pathways for women in the arts. This pilot programme combines business entrepreneurship and cultural practice.

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 Act for Change

The Act for Change Fund asked us to lead a co-production project which supports 32 UK organisations in youth-led social activism programmes, groups and organisations.

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DICE Digital R&D

Together with project partner Ketemu we are hosting a new online group for disabled artists working in the South West of England area, and in Indonesia. 

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My Creative Life

A pilot project that will deliver adult day care differently. Participants will be given a choice of different creative activities to take part in outside of the usual day care settings.

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Libraries as Cultural Hubs

We’re supporting the delivery of a diverse programme of arts and culture in Weymouth and Gillingham libraries. This includes creative workshops, performances and artist and writers residences.

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Case for Culture Dorset

Arts and culture strengthens our communities, boosts our local economy and improves the wellbeing of locals and visitors. We advocate and evidence this incredible impact in Dorset.

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Make It Happen

We are again working in partnership with Job Centre+ work coaches to support women who are unemployed or on low income on Universal Credit through our online team coaching programme.

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The Good Life

We commissioned three emerging Dorset Artists to create works that reflect on living through COVID-19, created with communities in Dorset, or influenced by their experiences.

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2020 Sculpture Trails

Despite the delays and obstacles 2020 brought, we have created three new sculpture trails across Dorset in Bridport, Lyme Regis and along the South West Coast Path.

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The Roman Town House Dorchester

We are consulting on the development of the Roman Town House site in Dorchester, and mentoring two local emerging producers to create a programme of summer events.

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Little Keep: Cultural Hub

The Arts Development Company’s home in Little Keep is thriving as a business hub. We’re now home to nine creative industry organisations. We provide affordable rent, networking and meeting spaces.

Arts at Home

We asked five Dorset artists and arts organisations to develop free activities people can enjoy at home. Funded by Dorset Council and Arts Council England.

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Raise the Roof

A group of partners have been working with Assemble Studio to explore how we could use local materials to construct affordable housing.

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PAST PROJECTS

Babigloo Music for Babies

An approach to early years music-making for children under one year and their parents or carers. It is the brainchild of Jenny Gordon, a Dorset-based musician, who saw a need for quality musical provision to support new parents who were experiencing anxiety and low-level post-natal depression.

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Culture+

A programme supporting artists, creatives, and arts organisations businesses to thrive in Dorset. Culture+ a delivery partner in Dorset Growth Hub Programme invests nearly £1M into Dorset, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.

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Dorset Moon

We’ve commissioned a brand new festival over three weekends in June 2019. Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon makes its Dorset debut in three stunning locations where a full programme of lunar-inspired events will create an experience that is out of this world.

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Dorset Next

A group of ten young creative adults who all identify as having a disability are taking part in business development sessions across eight months. 

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Gerakan Kreabilitas

Our first international project, working with Indonesian social enterprise, Ketemu. We are empowering disabled creatives to design and produce marketable products and services, and encouraging creative enterprises to develop disabled friendly workforces.

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Face Forward

We mentored young people aged 15-24 who are not in education, employment or training. Led by Ansbury Guidance, this project is funded by the European Social Investment Fund and Big Lottery.

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Short Breaks

Designing and delivering 1,200 hours of quality arts experiences for children with disabilities across Dorset. Our programme gives their parents/carers a break. We’ve successfully delivered this Dorset County Council contract since 2015.

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Stepping into Nature

We are a partner in this Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)-led programme for Dorset’s older people, including those living with dementia and their carers. We provide artist-led workshops and access to outstanding natural landscapes.

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Vote 100

A series of workshops, discussions and collaborations to empower young women and Gypsy, Romany and Traveller Communities.

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