Recovery fund help for Dorchester Arts

DORCHESTER Arts has been awarded £52,710 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure it has a sustainable future.

Currently closed, due to the pandemic, Dorchester Arts, which is based at the Corn Exchange, has been at the heart of the county town community for more than 30 years, running a wide variety of events, from huge outdoor events to small-scale children’s theatre. The organisation also works with other venues, including St Mary’s Church, Maumbury Rings and Weymouth’s Nothe Fort, and with a wide range of community groups, delivering arts activities for all ages.

The grant will allow the organisation to build towards reopening in 2021. Further announcements will be made about the restarting of performance events and community activities, along with updates about plans to improve arts facilities in the town.

Dorchester Arts’ artistic director Mark Tattersall says: “We are grateful to Arts Council England for recognising the contribution of Dorchester Arts to the cultural and social life of Dorset by making this award. We had managed to weather the storm so far by mothballing our operations and furloughing our staff team, but needed further support due to the duration of the crisis”

Pictured: An open-air concert, part of Dorchester Arts’ 2019 moon landing anniversary celebrations.