ADC are mentoring emerging producers Megan Dunford and Georgina Bolt, who created a programme of events for the summer holidays to help increase awareness and interest in the site. The aim was to develop a community-used space that would bring new audiences as well as interest from other organisations to the Roman Town House.
As a producer, I am still very much learning and developing, not only my methods but my knowledge of different spaces and ways to present creatively to various audiences. This project is a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from the experienced team at The Arts Development Company and to work closely alongside partners such as Dorset Museum and Dorset Council. Working in collaboration is really central to what I believe as a producer and co-producing with Gina to bring some exciting events to the newly refurbished space is a joy – it’s a challenge at times, but I’m building my confidence and learning all the time!
The official launch of the Roman Town House took place on 29 June with an event for all partners involved in the project, organised by Megan and Gina. (Pictured: ADC Senior Manager Hannah Baker speaking)
Guided tours and school visits inside the cover building are now available, giving visitors the chance to hear about the different features and see the mosaics, which were cleaned and repaired by specialist conservators as part of the project. Tours can be booked via Dorset Museum.
For more information of planned activity, please visit Dorset Museum’s What’s On page.
The programme of entertainment events produced by Megan and Gina included:
- Inside, Outside Rah Rah Rah: drop-in workshop session for children with Printmaker and Illustrator Jen Vincent with activities similar to those that made the book that Jen produced for our The Good Life project
- August Art on Saturday: A workshop for adults with Susan R Hughes, exploring abstraction through environmental design and found objects
- Family Fun Day with ‘The Anarchist’s Mobile Library’
- Cloudscapes with Gobbledegook Theatre, a duologue for performers and clouds in an outdoor auditorium — a cloud-gazing area
- The Dorchester and Poundbury Office for Imaginary Housing with Alistair Gentry for your personal viewing of some show properties available exclusively in your imagination!
- CIA: The Munch Mission with Brave Bold Drama
Photos: Roman Town House (c) Steve Wallis, Dorset Council. Opening Ceremony (c) David Goulden, Dorset Museum