Activate Successfully Achieves Funding Award from Arts Council England as part of the National Portfolio Programme

Activate is delighted to be welcomed into Arts Council England’s National Portfolio once again. Recognised for the extensive work it undertakes producing, promoting and presenting performing and outdoor arts and the extraordinary events in extraordinary places that Activate produces through its distinctive Inside Out Dorset festival, the organisation is pleased to receive a three year funding offer.

Activate has ambitious plans for 2015-2018 with its local, regional and international partners. It aims to be a national leader in presenting land based outdoor arts and make extraordinary performance and high quality arts events happen across the region.

We are focussed on creating a distinctive programme in the region, working with artists, arts organisations and community partners to engage large audiences in our Inside Out Dorset Festival, create additional ‘Signature Events’ and participatory programmes and to inspire children and young people to make and be part of high quality arts.

With one biennial festival taking place during this next funding round, the offer from Arts Council remains at the settlement level invested in 2014/2015 at £754,266 for three years. Overall, this may look like a reduction in Activate’s funding over the next three years compared to the 2012-2015 settlement of £880,788; however, during the last period the organisation produced two festivals due to the biennial cycle of the event.

Executive Director, Kate Wood said: ‘The Activate team and Board have worked very hard to build a consistent and engaging programme of work over our 23 years in Dorset and proposed ambitious plans to be leaders in presenting land based outdoor arts. We are very pleased the Arts Council recognises this work, and has assessed our application as ‘outstanding’.’ Activate Chair Chris Huxley says: ‘Our programmes reach thousands of people in our community each year and we our proud of the hard work that has gone into preparing the plans for the future and for these to be endorsed by the Arts Council in this way.’