Dorset Arts Charities Need You!

If you have a passion for the arts and the way they inspire, build and transform people and communities, why not consider becoming a Trustee? 

Join us at Pavilion Arts on 21 March to meet and discover the huge array of benefits of becoming a Trustee from business professionals and the charities themselves. 

Across Dorset our rich tapestry of arts charities are seeking business professionals with a love of culture to join their Boards and help make a difference. So, if you love art, drama, dance, sculpture, music, craft  – or anything in between – this could be a great way to give back. It can also help you to develop your professional profile, build new relationships and help our small, yet mighty, arts charities, to flourish into the future.

Often, the charities are not looking for arts specialists, but people with a business background who can make a valuable contribution.  If this sounds like it could be you book your ticket >>

About the event

Dorset Chamber is working with Pavilion Dance to host a ‘Business professional meets Arts charity’ trustee matching day.  The vision is to help members of the business community discover the huge array of benefits waiting for those who become a Board member for an arts charity. And, for the charity, for them to unlock the power of our talented business community.

With over 15 arts charities, spanning dance, creative arts, theatre, live entertainment and everything in between, sharing details of Trustee opportunities at the event, the hope is to open up conversations which lead to appointments and new relationships.

As well as short talks from the charity, trustee and business perspective, attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch and the chance to browse individual charity’s stands to find out more about collaboration and trustee opportunities.

Theatre, Sculpture, Drama, Craft, Fine Art, Dance…. Discover Trustee Opportunities

21 March | Pavilion Dance 11am – 2pm | FREE includes lunch

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Meet the Speakers 

Toby Marden: Why become a charity trustee? 

Senior Development Manager, Muse Places + Pavilion Dance South West Trustee

Toby is a long-term BCP resident and splits his time between Bournemouth and London in his role for Muse Places, working in partnership to delivery brighter futures for the UKs towns and cities.  He has been a Trustee at Pavilion Dance since 2016, bringing his local knowledge and a commercial eye to the charity.

Tony Brown – What’s the benefit to your organisation?

Managing Director of Y-not Finance Mortgage Brokers & President, Dorset Chamber 

Tony is currently a trustee of a local cancer charity that supports the departments in Bournemouth and Poole hospitals that detect the early signs of breast and prostate cancer. He is also a director of Ferndown Community Support , incorporating Ferndown larder and food bank. This came about at the onset of the Covid outbreak when the group was formed to support housebound residents to deliver their shopping and collect prescriptions. This has now grown into not just a food bank but also England’s first medicine bank, baby bank, Pet supplies, cooking clubs and warm places for those that need it. He is also part of the team that arrange an annual golf day for McMillian caring locally and has helped to raise over £150,000 for the unit to date. Tony also supports various local charities as a volunteer and helps at events as an auctioneer.


Rosanna Sloan – What’s the benefit to a charity?

Interim CEO, Arts Development Company (Dorchester).

Rosanna is committed to working together for creative change and supporting the cultural sector. Previously Artistic Director and CEO of Unexpected Places, a performing arts charity she founded, Rosanna has a background in youth theatre, participation and a specialism in devised theatre. She is on the board of the National Association of Youth Theatres and is active in advocating for, and supporting, cultural opportunities for the next generation. 


Amy Collins – What’s involved in being a charity trustee?

Volunteering Development Lead, Enable Team, Community Action Network

Amy supports local organisations with the effective recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers. She helps with policies and procedures, provides one to one support and guidance on good practice around involving volunteers, and runs training and networking sessions for organisations on volunteer management. Amy also helps people looking to volunteer, to find a role that matches their skills, interests, and passions.  Amy is currently a Trustee with a small local charity, that supports children with disabilities and their families.

Activate Performing Arts 

We exist to promote, support and produce performing arts projects in our communities. In everything we do, we have just two rules. Anything’s possible. And everyone’s invited.

AIM Community 

AIM Community provides a variety of opportunities for young people to access support and creative learning, equipping them with the skills needed to reconnect to learning and opportunities, and empowering them as they flourish and reach their full potential.


We are a registered charity which aims to make a positive difference to the lives of people living in rural Dorset, addressing rural and social isolation; developing skills and supporting health and wellbeing by providing the opportunity to participate in and engage with cultural activity in the heart of rural communities.

Bridport Arts Centre

We are a multi-arts venue presenting a year-round programme of visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, music, spoken word and films and screenings. Located in the heart of Bridport we serve audiences across Dorset and the South West

Diverse City

Diverse City is a performing arts company where social justice and culture meet. For the arts to fairly reflect and shape society, we believe all voices must be heard and all audiences welcomed.

We do this by making and touring new shows, nurturing new creative voices and engaging communities in artistic activism. Our circus performance company Extraordinary Bodies (led in partnership with Cirque Bijou) exemplifies truly representative performance.

Dorset Scrapstore

Our mission is simple – to provide a community crafting hub that facilitates the re-use of scrap materials.  We want to help the Dorset community to use scrap resources for creative purposes, and we know that’s possible from all the amazing makes our customers have created over the years!

Dorset Visual Arts

Dorset Visual Arts is a not for profit organisation and registered charity. DVA has a membership of over 300 artists, designers and makers who live and, or practice in Dorset. Some of the Members have national and international reputations.  DVA is about interaction, collaboration and, importantly, creative development.

Elevate Foundation

Elevate Foundation is a new mental health charity for young people based in Christchurch which believes more needs to be done to support and prepare young people for adult life.  The objectives of the charity are to offer activities and courses which are positive, interactive and fun so that children can feel safe and willing to be able to share their experiences with each other and learn skills that will empower them to develop the confidence and resilience needed in life. Our vision is to equip young people with the tools so they can feel strong and capable to conquer life’s challenges. 

Guggleton Farm Arts

Our goal is to provide opportunities for everyone, from residents to visitors, to explore creativity at all levels. We believe that creativity is key to personal development and well-being, which is why we offer a welcoming environment for all ages and experience levels to get involved in a range of artistic disciplines such as painting, sculpture, stone carving, textile design, printmaking, music and performance, ceramics, and associated crafts.

Museum of East Dorset

Based in a Grade II listed 16th century house in the heart of Wimborne, our award-winning museum offers something for everyone, from the stunning Roman wall paintings and ancient archaeological artefacts to the beautifully preserved kitchen that takes you back in time.

Dorset Visual Arts

Dorset Visual Arts is a not for profit organisation and registered charity. DVA has a membership of over 300 artists, designers and makers who live and, or practice in Dorset. Some of the Members have national and international reputations.  DVA is about interaction, collaboration and, importantly, creative development.

Pavilion Dance South West

We are dedicated to transforming communities through dance. Pavilion Dance projects grow from one blueprint: to enable communities to enjoy creativity and well-being offered through dance.

Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

In 1901 Merton Russell-Cotes gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea.

It was an extraordinary, extravagant birthday present – lavish, splendid, and with a touch of fantasy.  They filled this exotic seaside villa with beautiful objects from their travels across the world, and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art, creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting. A home, an art gallery, and a museum. Then they sealed it in time, and gave it to the future.

The Arts Development Company

We’re a social enterprise with a small core team and rotating field of specialist associates. We’re experts in using culture to make positive change, enabling people and places to flourish.

The Power House Poole

Our vision is to construct a landmark quayside building on the former power station site in Poole’s Regeneration Area.  The Power House will incorporate community, arts and wellbeing facilities, and be designed to meet the needs of citizens of Poole in the 21st century.