Cultural Education in Dorset

Cultural Education in Dorset

We have been working closely with Dorset County Council over the last two years, supporting them to ‘spin out’ their arts development services into a public sector mutual and turn Little Keep, Dorchester, into a creative and cultural industries hub. The Arts Development Company CIC launched in September 2015 and is now carrying forward the arts, creative and cultural education brief in the county.

Work is continuing to utilise the Cultural Education Hub hosted by WAVE and SoundStorm as one of the central foci for further partnerships working in the area, with the Arts Development Company also taking a leading role. We have been supporting the strategic development of Wave and Soundstorm via an IP and delivering a range of level 2 training for them involving a wide range of local partners. If you want to find out more about the Arts Development Company and join or attend the hub please contact Rosie Russell at

Useful resources

There are some really interesting tools and data sets which are freely available – including the Arts Council’s ‘cultural education data toolkit’ – along with a range of other databases focussed on cost of interventions for children and young people, disadvantage, health and education.

You can take a look at these resources using the links below:

Cultural Education

Arts Council investment

Young people and education

Health and wellbeing


Cost of interventions

Briefings and training events


In order to attend one of the below events, you must first register your education setting with Artsmark on the Arts Council website here.

Dorset Development Day – Tue 5th Mar 2019, 9:00 – 12:30
Dorset Support Surgery – Tue 5th Mar 2019, 1:00 – 3:00

Dorset Development Day – Mon 17th Jun 2019, 9:00 – 12:30
Dorset Support Surgery – Mon 17th Jun 2019, 1:00 – 3:00

Cultural organisations (including NPOs)

Bold organisations are Artsmark PartnersUnderlined organisations are Arts Award Supporters.


Arts and Health South West 


The Arts Development Company


AsOne TheatreBridport ArtsB Sharpb-side
Claudia DharamshiCreative Clay for AllDorchester Arts CentreDorset History Centre
Oops Wow Messy Art GroupsPortland RocksPortland Sculpture and Quarry TrustScreenPLAY
Walford Mill Education Trust 

The Music Education Hub for Dorset is Dorset Music Service.

For a full list of Arts Award supporters in Dorset, click here.

For a full list of Arts Award centres in Dorset, click here.

The Museum Development Officer in Dorset is Victoria de Wit.

The ASCEL (public libraries) representative in Dorset is Sharon Kirkpatrick.

Dorset supports the Creative Skills Initiative.

Recent Case Studies from Dorset

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