Support local artists - crowdfunder

Will you help us secure the future of arts and culture in Dorset? We're raising £20,000 to support our local artists.

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Were you looking forward to seeing that new play, having fun at a festival, belly-laughing at a comedy night, attending an art exhibition or jumping around at a gig this summer? With events cancelled, venues closed and public gatherings restricted it’s not only audiences who are missing out.

Many local freelance Artists are unable to work at the moment. A large proportion of these Artists (musicians, comedians, visual artists, directors, actors, writers, film makers etc.) are falling through the gaps when it comes to financial support. Some are unable to pay the bills or put food on the table.

In order to support those in real financial hardship, a host of arts organisations based in Dorset – including Activate – have rallied together to support Dorset Artists through a crowdfunded campaign. 

The money collected will help Dorset Artists to meet their most urgent financial needs during the current crisis. This will help individuals pay their bills and ensure the Dorset arts sector stays afloat ready for the future – whatever that may look like.

If you’d like to help support the local Dorset arts sector – and Dorset economy – please consider donating through our crowdfunder campaign.

Thank you.


Why support?

Artists are needed for you to see that new play, have fun at a festival, belly-laugh at a comedy night, attend an art exhibition and jump around at a gig. Your help will ensure Dorset Artists will still be here once the current crisis is over.

The creative industries are growing faster than the rest of the economy, yet we are facing significant cuts. This, paired with a multitude of job and gig losses for our local artists, is devastating. According to Dorset Council’s State of Dorset 2019 report, the value of creative industries in the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership area is £425 million.

A recent report from Arts Council England shows the arts and culture sector is a significant contributor to the UK’s economy. Adding £10.8bn at the last count in 2016, the sector has now overtaken agriculture in terms of GDP contribution and continues to prove its worth.

There is also clear evidence that the arts can improve wellbeing, drive recovery, support illness and disease management. This arts-led approach saves the NHS money. For every £1 invested in arts on prescription it provides a social return of between £4 and £11.

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None of the work we do at Activate could happen without artists.

With thanks to the artists in this film:

The Bell, Periplum, Blandford Forum
Les Chas Du Violon, Les Colporteurs, Studland
Sense of Unity, Worldbeaters and Dundu, Bournemouth
…sodade…, Cirque Rouages, Poole
Die Weide Wereld, Waterlanders, Bournemouth
Actual Reality Arcade, Matthew Harrison, Poole
Fl-utter-ances (Tree Songs), Jane Pitt with Lorna Rees, Bournemouth
Museum of Trees, Giorgia Garancini, Bournemouth
Legend, The Remix & Dorset Youth Dance, Claire Benson & Aimee Hobbs
BoO, Cirk Vost, Poole
Lachrymae, ArtMusic, Chapel Coppice, Ashley Chase
The Museum of the Moon, Luke Jerram, Weymouth
Harmonic Fields, Pierre Savaugeot, Portland
The Roof, Requardt and Rosenberg, Bournemouth
Frantic, Acrojou, Studland
Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle, 14-18NOW, Lyme Regis
Furious Folly, Mark Anderson, Weymouth
Dorset Youth Dance/Portrait
Barrow, And Now:, Little Bredy