Creative Local Growth Project

Creative Local Growth Project        

Working with the Dorset Growth Partnership, TADC has now secured Arts Council England funding through their Creative Local Growth Fund for a three year programme of business development for arts and cultural organisations in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. The Arts Council England award is matched by funding being awarded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

Growth Hub partners include Wsx Enterprise, Silicon South, Bournemouth University, Dorset Chamber of Trade, Dormen and Outset.

This programme brings together four interconnected themes of

  • business development for cultural tourism
  • festivals which support the internal and external tourism economy
  • business and market opportunities for visual artists and organisations
  • enterprise, skills and investment opportunities for cultural organisations

Founded on solid mature partnerships, the project will maximise opportunities for rural/urban crossover to develop the customer base for both. The project will also bring together creative digital businesses and practitioner product development to drive economic growth through an enhanced cultural offer which evidence tells us attracts new business and new visiting tourists. Three major festival events and raising the value and profile of visual arts will provide action research for culture and tourism enterprises working together. Opportunities for early career creatives and action to diversify the workforce thread across the themes. The programme is underpinned by entrepreneurial and skills development and supported by an innovation think-tank creating new digital platforms to increase audience reach and involve new participants.

Find out more about each strand of the project and our offer by clicking on 'Useful Pages' above.