Scheme Profile



Artsreach is Dorset's rural touring scheme, touring professional performing, visual and participatory arts across the county.

We are a charitable organisation (registered charity no. 1058198) and aim to make ticket prices accessible to everyone. To enable us to do this we receive regular funding from Arts Council England, Dorset County Council and North, West, East Dorset and Purbeck District Councils, but also depend on attracting good attendances. When holding an event, venues keep a percentage of box office sales and raise their own proceeds from holding a bar or raffle etc.

Liaising with performers and village promoters we put on live performances covering small and large-scale theatre, live music, dance, comedy, literature, film and puppet shows. We also tour high quality visual arts exhibitions and hold participatory workshops and project work with professional artists and practitioners in local communities.

Working with a network of volunteer promoters across Dorset, Artsreach tour professional music, theatre and performing arts acts to around fifty village halls.

Between March 2012 and April 2013, 157 performances were put on by Artsreach, and were attended by approximately 13,000 people.

If you are interested in performing in Dorset, please send an e mail to letting us know what you do, and including images, material, reviews and information about your show.

Visit our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter to see the most up to date event and project information.

"Artsreach is vital in improving the quality of life in rural Dorset"
Email from Artsreach supporter, Feb 2013

“An inspirational evening. So wonderful to have it near to home. Thank you”
Water & Stone concert audience member, March 2013

"We always enjoy Artsreach events - we can always be sure of a quality and enjoyable performance. It is great to have these performances in our local area"
Northern Harmony Audience Member, Feb 2013

Recent Activity

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Artsreach Celebrates Film Premiere!

21st May 2019

Dear NRTF members, We hope you are all well and we're looking forward to seeing many of you at the NRTF Conference in July! Here at Artsreach we're…

Tickets Ignite Online Ticketing

5th April 2019

Hi all, Just wondered if anyone has explored Tickets Ignite, a new online ticketing platform which uses 30% of it's profits from booking fees to feed an arts fund they…

Smart Contact Databases

13th June 2018

Hi all, We are currently reviewing some of our software here in the office and so wanted to pick your collective brains to see what software (if any) you are…

Charity Phone Lines

3rd January 2018

Hi all, Happy New Year! We are currently going through some papers here and looking at ways to cut office overheads, and feel our telephone/broadband lines could be juts…

Postal Mailing Lists and GDPR

14th December 2017

Dear all touring schemes, Here in Dorset we are just about to send out our spring performance programme, via post, to our mailing list, as I'm sure many of…

Artsreach: Seeking a Marketing & Development Officer

12th September 2017

Artsreach, Dorset's touring arts charity, is looking for a flexible individual to assist with the Administration, Data Entry, Publicity and Marketing of events, to develop the Artsreach brand, and…

TicketSource and Databases

14th July 2017

Hi all,   Hope everyone is enjoying an exciting summer of planning and programming! On the back of the conference, I was interested to find out how many schemes are,…

Artsreach Dorset seek Fundraising & Development Officer

14th February 2017

Dorset's rural touring scheme are looking for a Fundraising & Development Officer. Fee: £10,000 including VAT and expenses Timescale for completion of work: April 2017-April 2018 Application Deadline: 17:00 Friday 3 March 2017 …

Closed Facebook Groups for Promoters

10th January 2017

Dear all, Just a very quick canvassing question to find out how many of the rural touring schemes (if any) run a closed Facebook group which their promoters can join…

Audience Surveys - online or in person?

21st September 2016

Hi all,   Just a quick message to pick people brains and find out how you all go about surveying your audiences at present. We took part in audience finder…

Mailchimp - Paying for the service

13th November 2015

Hi all, I just wanted to find out how many of you use Mailchimp as your enewsletter service, and if any of you are now at the point where you…

Artsreach Job Readvertisement - Executive Director

18th September 2015

Artsreach is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director – RE-ADVERTISEMENT Artsreach is Dorset’s independent rural arts development organisation with a 25 year history of working with communities across…

E-newsletter Communications

10th July 2015

Hi all, About a year ago we moved our enewsletter list away from an outdated entourage based system and in to mailchimp, which in turn has better enabled us to…

Artsreach job opportunity - Executive Director

19th May 2015

Artsreach is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director Artsreach is Dorset’s independent rural arts development organisation with a 25 year history of working with communities across rural Dorset,…