Dorset Library Service has been awarded funding from an Arts Council England National Lottery Project grant, to develop Libraries as Cultural Hubs Phase 2. This one-year digital arts programme of 11 events and 2 artist residencies for young people and adults across Dorset, is supported by The Friends Groups of Corfe Mullen, Sturminster Newton, Weymouth, Wimborne and Wyke Regis Libraries.

Working with our partner, The Arts Development Company, the focus will be on celebrating diversity with a range of artists to shape an open more diverse, inclusive and equal cultural offer. The programme will enable us to:

  • offer a range of arts events to support the wellbeing of children and adults and provide bespoke workshops for adults living with dementia
  • provide and promote the opportunity for young people to actively engage in Arts Award Discover and Explore
  • collaborate with Activate Performing Arts Remix and with Dorset Youth Dance to create set pieces to inspire young people
  • actively target cultural cold spots in East Dorset and the Purbecks
  • contribute to the local economy and sense of place through a programme of local artist-led activities.
  • work collaboratively with Library partner organisations; The Arts Development Company and the Friends Groups of Corfe Mullen, Sturminster Newton, Weymouth, Wimborne and Wyke Regis Libraries who are supporting these events.

Events Programme August 2021 - February 2022

Copies of the brochure are available in libraries.  Customers requiring an accessible version (pdf format), please contact us.

Please see our latest programme of events which can be booked directly by following the weblinks on the chart below

Libraries as Cultural Hubs events
 Artist  Event  Date Suitable for  Location 
Adisa Poetry performance and workshop Wednesday 13 October 10:30am  Schools - years 7-9  Online
Louisa Adjoa Parker Louisa will be sharing her personal life journey, what she has discovered about Dorset's black history from past to present and some of her poetry, often shaped by her experiences Wednesday 3 November 7pm to 8:15pm  Adults  Online
Tim Laycock Tranter Dewey's Christmas Party - Hardy poems, folksongs, carols and fiddle playing 6 December 7pm  Adults

Gillingham Library - book here

Creative Clay Clay workshops Thursday 20 January 2022 10:30am to 12 noon  Adults living with dementia Ferndown Library
Mama G Interactive story time with panto dame celebrating LGBTQ History Month Wednesday 23 February 2022 10:30am to 11:15am  Children and families  Verwood
The Remix & Dorset Youth Dance Local voices music and dance inspired by "What's the Goss?" and based on Thomas Hardy's time living in Wimborne February Young people and adults Online

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