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 – Thu 11th Jun 2020, 9:30 – 12:30
Dorset Support Surgery – Thu 11th Jun 2020, 1:00 – 3:00

Cultural organisations (including NPOs)

Bold organisations are Artsmark PartnersUnderlined organisations are Arts Award Supporters.

ActivateArts and Health South West The Arts Development CompanyArtsreach
AsOne TheatreBridport ArtsB Sharpb-side
Claudia DharamshiCreative Clay for AllDiverse CityDorchester Arts Centre
Dorset History CentreOops Wow Messy Art GroupsPortland RocksPortland Sculpture and Quarry Trust
ScreenPLAYThe Tank MuseumWalford 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.

Schools and Artsmark

Artsmark Registered Education Settings

Damers First SchoolHanford SchoolQueen Elizabeth’s SchoolSt George’s Primary SchoolThe Prince of Wales School 
Trent Young’s Endowed SchoolWest Moors Middle SchoolWestfield Arts College

Artsmark Awarded Education Settings

Cranborne Middle SchoolWool CE VA Primary School

To find details of all the schools in this Local Education Authority area please click here.

Recent Case Studies from Dorset

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