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Dorset Arts Together (formerly Dorset Arts Trust) is a collaboration of key arts providers across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth.

Dorset Arts Together (DAT) (formerly Dorset Arts Trust) is a collaboration which brings together over 80 individuals and organisations in a pan Dorset group which is an Arts Council England (ACE) national exemplar for increasing resilience and sustainability through networking.

The collaboration is a network, organised by The Arts Development Company (opens in a new window) and is underpinned by agreed principles, that:

  • increasing engagement in arts and culture is a good thing
  • we can achieve more collectively than we can as individual organisations
  • organisations attend because they want to be there and are getting something from it
  • we do not make assumptions about any particular action without providing an evidence base.

The DAT collaboration has generated employment, training and income for arts and culture, developed networks and extended communities and joined up thinking. Read more in the latest DAT STATS (pdf, 57kb) (opens in a new window) 2013-2014 report.

Full DAT Meetings are held quarterly. If you have not attended before but would like to attend, please contact Mike Hoskin at The Arts Development Company (contact details below). The team will endeavour to introduce you to other members of DAT at the meeting and help you decide which hub group would be most beneficial for you to join.

The Hubs

The organisations work together through five outcome hubs which reflect the priorities of both ACE and the local authorities in the county.

These hubs are:

  • children and young people
  • health
  • economy (Creative Dorset)
  • environment
  • access and participation

Working in this way allows the organisations to make strong connections with important initiatives where the capacity for an individual organisation to achieve this is limited. In addition the hubs allow participating organisations to achieve cost benefits through avoiding duplication and sharing expertise and knowledge.

To find out more about the work of the hub groups and when they and DAT meet visit The Arts Development Company (opens in a new window) website.

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