Art Forum

We are a charity based in the West Country. We provide funding and help to a broad range of local groups, organisations and individuals, and come up with projects that champion the arts in the community. We work with the local county councils to ensure our services help people living, working or studying in Dorset.

Every year, we provide between 30-40 creative arts schemes. We help a number of different art forms including dance, theatre, paintings, sculpture, film, photography, books, spoken word and music. We have a Professional Development Bursary for Artists and other funding opportunities. We also deliver our own exciting projects through our Initiatives Fund.

Our journal

Each issue varies in content, but regular items include reviews of concerts, recitals, opera, art exhibitions and other events in the West Country and other parts of Britain. There are selections of recommended restaurants and eating places, updates of what is coming up in the arts, news of personalities (not that there are many of them in these bland days) and developments in the region. Other features are the list of interesting anniversaries. Comment is made where it is deserved.


To see this month's events, click the link above. Or if you are looking for something specific, please use the different areas below.

Get in touch with Arts forum

Art Forum

Our Arts Forum is a not-for-profit community committed to championing and developing Dorset as a major centre for the arts. Here on our website you'll discover up-to-date news about the regional arts scene, information on financial funding, your community and other arts-related topics. Additionally, you can find out what's going on close to you by selecting our What's On calendar.

If you have an event that you wish to promote or news you'd like to share with others then please get in touch with us and we will put it on these pages. You can also see any current or past news content and notices by going to our News section (right). Just select the area you're interested in and away you go!

Becoming part of the arts forum has a range of benefits too. Membership is just a tenner per annum and offers discounts on goods and services, a free magazine, frequent email bulletins on news pertinent to you and your work, as well as the opportunity to display your work in our new gallery. To join, just download a form by clicking the button top right and return it to us with your subscription payment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Call for Artists working with older people

Dorset Arts’ two-year arts programme for older people with mental issues such as dementia is looking to form a core team of artists. We are providing a specialist training programme for eight artists of any discipline with a little experience in the field, who want to develop their skills in a number of venues such as small groups and one-to-one settings like people’s homes.

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