THIS year is the 30th anniversary of Dorset’s rural touring arts charity Artsreach – and there were some interesting and exciting birthday plans, including what would have been the first visit to Dorset by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on Tour.
But, rather than doing what it does best, bringing communities, audiences, professional artists and volunteers together, the Artsreach staff team and Board of Trustees have had to make some difficult decisions in the current situation, cancelling live performances set to take place in community venues such as village halls.
The team is monitoring the Covid-19 situation carefully, listening to government and Public Health advice and planning accordingly. The impact of this pandemic on our country is still unfolding but in the meantime, the Artsreach team is busy exploring how best to support Dorset’s rural communities and our professional touring artists at this time and in the future.
Co-director Kerry Bartlett says: “Artsreach is very grateful for the excellent support being given by our principal funders, Arts Council England and Dorset Council. We are working hard to explore what our next programme might look like, and as always, we will do this in communication and partnership with our fantastic team of volunteers right across the county.
“In the meantime, until we can come together to enjoy professional performances once more, we hope that we can brighten your day just a little by keeping you Culturally Connected.
“Many of our touring friends are working hard to keep in touch with us all by releasing lots of lovely creative content online. In response, we have built a digital diary on the Artsreach website, which will be regularly updated. The page will be constantly changing so keep checking back and keep sharing it. We’ve seen some wonderful performances so far.”
You can view the digital diary at www.artsreach.co.uk
Pictured: Something to look forward to – Artsreach will be back at a village hall near you.