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Dorset Arts Week 2016

Activities during Dorset Arts Week 2016


Rag rugging – 1 Day – Free

Sun 05-Jun 10.30am-3.30pm

Beading advice and taster workshop – 1 Day – Free
Sun 05-Jun 2pm-4pm

Spinners and Weavers demonstration and taster – 1 Day – Free
Sun 05-Jun 10.30am – 3.30pm

Stone carving – Daily – Free
28-May – 12- Jun, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

Knit & Chat – Weekly – £2.50 per session
Fri, drop-in sessions, 10am -12pm

PLUS LOTS MORE… including various children’s activities.  

Call Sarah on 01305 764713 for more details.


Introduction to Acrylic course – 1 Day – £60    More info >>    Apply >>
Sun 05-Jun 10.30am-3.30pm

Beginners Beading – 1 Day – £40    More info >>    Apply >>
Sun 05-Jun 10am-1pm

Traditional Bear making (Charlie) – 1 Day – £65 + £15 material costs    More info >>    Apply >>
Thurs 9th June 9am-6pm

Beginners knitting taster event – 1 Evening – £20    More info >>    Apply >>
Wed 8th June 6.30pm-8.30pm

Making a stained glass panel – 2 Days – £140 + material costs to Lecturer    More info >>    Apply >>
Wed & Thurs 8th and 9th June 9.30am-4.30pm

Viking Knit Jewellery with Will Brown – 1 Day – £40    More info >>    Apply >>
Sat 11-Jun 10am-1pm

Photoshop introduction – 1 Day- £65    More info >>    Apply >>
Sat 11-Jun 10am-4pm

Knit & Chat – Drop-in sessions – Weekly – £2.50 per session    More info >>    Apply >>
From Fri 3rd Jun Fri 10am-12pm

Traditional bear making – 4 weeks – £65 + £15 material costs    More info >>    Apply >>
Tues 4 weeks 6th June 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Introduction to sewing by hand for children 7+ – 4 weeks – £55    More info >>    Apply >>
Tues 6th June 4.15pm-5.45pm

Call Sarah on 01305 764713 for more details.

Private view – Roy Winstanley and Rebecca Guyett – Fri 27th May 2016 6-8pm

Dorset Arts Week starting next Saturday. Here at the DCCA we will have these two print makers exhibiting their work. Jackie Hunt Creative Glass Design will be exhibiting as well.The workshops of Weymouth College Stonemasonry will be open, and you can come and have a try. Notarianni Glass will be exhibiting their work in their fantastic new workshops all under the numbers 77, 84, and 86 in the Dorset Arts Week brochure.

Private view - Roy Winstanley, Rebecca Guyett - DCCA

Private view – Roy Winstanley, Rebecca Guyett – DCCA



‘Rocky Road’ Live Music Event under the barn Wed 11th May

Rocky Road - DCCA

Rocky Road @ DCCA, Wed 11th May 2016

Dynamic Dolphin Productions present:

‘Rocky Road’ Weymouth College Acoustic Summer Tour

Dynamic Dolphin Productions – a production company formed by Level 3 Music students at Weymouth College – have joined forces with the Weymouth College Student Union to offer ‘Rocky Road’ – the Weymouth College Acoustic Summer Tour 2016. The six venue tour will feature an exciting range of acoustic flavoured original music and cover versions from artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to Jefferson Airplane!

Tickets are available on the door or in advance from The Bay Theatre Box Office (01305 208702) priced at £5.00 for standard, and £3.50 for concessions.

Open Studios – Saturday 16th April 9am

Come and join us on 16th April for a taste of what we have to offer at DCCA.

One day courses in Viking Knit Jewellery Basic Wet Felted Vessel and Tools for Creative Writing.  Please book online for theses courses.

Demonstrations and Have-a-Go activities including The Dorset Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, Beadwork, Traditional Bear Making, Airbrushing, Raku Pottery, Basket Making, Wood Carving, Stonemasonry plus Banner Painting and Bronze Casting with the Ancient Wessex network.

Notarianni Glass Open Studios

Exhibition and sale of prints from ALT-P print group

Open Studios - Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Open Studios – Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

For more details please contact us.

Please see the map below for directions (click to enlarge).

Open Studios - Directions to the DCCA

Christmas Opening Times - Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Open Studios – Thursday 10th December 6:30pm

Open Studios - Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

For more details please contact us.

Please see the map below for directions (click to enlarge).

Open Studios - Directions to the DCCA



Christmas Opening Times - Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts


Lovely to see your work here...folks there are places still on the taster course for silver book now 0800808 9440 or 01305 764723.....Don't forget the centre shuts this coming Thursday and will re-open Wednesday 3rd get in quick this week to ensure a place. ...

Well I had such a lovely time at Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts in Dorchester this weekend, a huge thank you to everyone who popped in and said hello, it was lovely to see some familiar faces and meet lots of lovely new folk too. These lovely lentil beads have been popular this Christmas I wonder who will be getting one under the tree ???

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Put in your diary for this coming Friday...or Saturday.
We also have a collection for the local refuge, so please check in your cupboards....grab something and donate to our cause....Please NO fresh food items, but thinks like soap, toothpaste, kitchen roll, single sheets, toiletries, and canned goods. There will be a collection point in the Foyer...we all thank you in advance.

Alt-P exhibition and Artisan Fair

December 8, 2017, 5:30pm - December 9, 2017, 4:00pm

Exhibition of prints to buy from Alt-P group, and artisan fair of Demonstrations, crafts to buy, have a GO, look round the studios, sign up for a course or Have your pastel portrait drawn by James Meiklejohn

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Roll up Roll up...perfect course or Lecture to give as a Christmas present...or come along to the Artisan fair, and pick up something different from a wide range of artists and craftsmen and women ...... ...

New course list...please share...and two events.....its all happening here...

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Welcome - Dorset Centre for the Creative ArtsReady steady go…

Welcome to the Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts (DCCA) based in Poundbury, Dorchester. Thank you for joining us on what we hope will be a new exciting adventure, which ultimately will benefit the community in all sorts of different ways. Time has simply flown by since our fantastic launch in October and I am excited to say many of our courses will be starting in the first week of November, as in next week will be the very FIRST week of Master classes at DCCA!

Student discount - Dorset Centre for the Creative ArtsThank you pack

For all those lucky enough to have enrolled on one of the courses, the team very much look forward to meeting you over the next couple of weeks and trust you will have a fun and fulfilling experience.  The artists really are a very talented bunch and we are looking forward to witnessing your creative endeavours.

As you’re going to be our first customers we have a small surprise for you on your first day, and I will be on hand to greet you all (and that’s not the only surprise!).

Apply Now - Student discount - Dorset Centre for the Creative ArtsLate enrolment Click here >>

We appreciate some of you may have experienced  slight glitches with the enrolment process.  If you are one of those unfortunate few, then may we offer you a humble apology and ask that you bare with us!  For anyone who is yet to book on the courses, we will be keeping the enrolments open for many of the courses over the next week or so.   Please ignore any message to the contrary.  Either press on the relevant Apply Now button, use the 0800 8089440 number or contact me directly on ku.oc1513109126.stra1513109126evita1513109126erceh1513109126trofe1513109126rtnec1513109126tesro1513109126d@wer1513109126d_har1513109126as1513109126.


Thank you to everyone that has pointed out improvements and suggestions.  We take them all on board and are doing our best to make the necessary changes.  In fact we would like your feedback at any point, to make your experience as great as possible so hopefully you’ll recommend us to your friends and family either by good old fashioned word of mouth or by sharing our posts, liking us and following us.  It all really does help!

More courses

Soon we will have our new brochure of courses, which include stained glass, how to publish your first book, Nuno, wet and needle Felting, and of course we will be continuing the favourites from this term.

Best wishes,

Sarah Drew
Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Farm Way
Poundbury, Dorchester
Dorset DT1 3AR
T: 01305 208888 /01305 340167

Facebook: @DorsetCreativeArtClasses
Twitter: @DorsetArtClass


Call for Artists’ Proposals – Hengistbury Headlines

Inside Out Dorset Festival - Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts    Activate - Inside Out Dorset Festival - Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

‘Hengistbury Headlines’ – Call for Artists’ Proposals

Activate Performing Arts is preparing to once again transform the county’s landscape presenting Inside Out Dorset in September 2016 with 10 days of high quality, large scale outdoor theatre, dance, installation, and performance across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

As part of this festival Activate is delighted to announce a nationwide call for artists’ proposals for 2016 event – ‘Hengistbury Headlines’.

This new temporary installation and performance trail, in the spectacular landscape of Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth, will be a key part of the 2016 Inside Out Dorset Festival. Artists are being asked to propose ideas which explore the landscape, heritage, wildlife and environment of Hengistbury Head, as well as the global issue of climate change. Climate Change is a pertinent subject and is the focus of a larger arts programme across the county led by Dorset Arts Trust.

The event follows on from the success of the South Dorset Ridgeway commissions trail ‘Ridgeway Responses’ which animated hills, lakes and villages in West Dorset delighting thousands of people in September 2014.

The new trail ‘Hengistbury Headlines’ will present work by up to nine artists and companies for free, to the public from Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th September 2016.

Artists who are selected will be supported across a detailed year of development, working closely with experts on the environment, heritage and wildlife. The project aims to attract thousands of audience members next year, to learn more about Hengistbury Head and the effect that climate change is having on all of our lives and the environment.

Kate Wood – Executive Director says: ‘Hengistbury Head is such an inspiring location and exemplifies what makes this area so special. We are hugely grateful to Jerwood Charitable Foundation for making their first investment in our work, and also to the team at Bournemouth Borough Council, for welcoming us to Hengistbury Head. Jerwood Charitable Foundation’s commitment to supporting artists has been hugely valuable to us to help unlock other partners’ support for the project.’

Councillor Lawrence Williams (portfolio holder for Tourism, Leisure and the Arts) says, ‘Bournemouth Parks is delighted to have the opportunity to host the 2016 Inside Out Dorset Festival. Hengistbury Headlines will be an inclusive and inspirational event that will not only be great entertainment but also reinforce our key environmental messages in a completely different way. We look forward to developing the project with the Activate team and the selected artists to ultimately present a memorable experience for the local community and our many visitors from further afield.’

Tom Clarke – Project Development Manager at the RSPB comments: ‘The RSPB is excited to be co-funding a commission with Activate for Hengistbury Headlines. The arts have a great track record in interpreting our environment and inspiring people to connect with nature in unique ways. The theme of climate change and the stories around migration, pertinent to the Head itself, should make for an excellent arts and nature spectacle.’

An Artists’ Information Day will be held at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre for people interested in applying on Saturday 7th November 2015.

For details and to download the Artists’ Brief & Info Pack – go to:

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday 23rd November at 5pm. The full line-up of selected artists will be announced in December 2015.
This event is supported by Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Dorset Arts Trust, The Arts Development Company, Pavilion Dance South West and the RSPB. In partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council.