Dorset Visual Arts membership relaunched

DORSET Visual Arts, which produces the biennial Dorset Art Weeks visual arts festival, has announced the relaunch of a revised, expanded and inclusive standard membership, open to all artists living or working in Dorset.

The new membership offer will provide a greater range of benefits to visual artists who live and work in the county. For a special rate of £20, DVA members will not only receive the monthly newsletter and artist page on the DVA website, but also additional benefits including exclusive discounts, more news and updates on regional opportunities and get-togethers this summer, and more details on DVA’s plans.

DVA plans to run a revitalised and reimagined 2024 Dorset Art Weeks, thanks to the ongoing support of the main sponsor, Blandford-based brewery Hall & Woodhouse. Members will also be among the first to hear details about DVA’s involvement with Sherborne House, the new arts centre in a Grade 1 listed Georgian house and former school in Sherborne.

Paul Newman, DVA’s new creative director says: “After a difficult few years for all, and with ongoing challenges, DVA is working hard to create new approaches for creative development, skills support and exhibiting work for DVA members. The new membership offer is an example of a more inclusive approach, widening the range of benefits available to those practising in fine art and making. DVA also looks to expand its partnership working, across the county, whilst also focussing on the significant opportunity presented by the launch of Sherborne House.”

Dorset Art Weeks returns in 2024 from 25th May to 9th June with a revised event, picking up from the 2020 plans and with a simplified application process, more marketing activity and improved resources for participants.

Image by Norrie de Montigny