Visual Arts Marketplace Development Project Consultancy Brief for Phase One

Big Picture / Creative Dorset are seeking a consultant or consultancy team to research and develop the business case for developing the visual arts in Dorset.

A freelance team with good local knowledge has already been appointed to gather research across the visual arts sector in Dorset.

The consultant / consultancy team will be able to input and steer this research in order to gather the right data for the business plan

This brief relates to Phase One of a three phased five-year development plan proposing an integrated approach working with the private and public sector to raise the quality, profile and economic benefit of the visual arts offer in Dorset and support both cultural tourism and marketplace development.

Currently with little fit for purpose public gallery space and limited private gallery space, we need to explore the scope of our unique landscape and our arts heritage, and work with our museums and arts organisations to carefully manage opportunities to raise our reputation as a place to see, practice and to buy high quality artistic product. This project aims to contribute to the economic prosperity of Dorset by developing the potential of the area’s visual artists to establish their reputation and sell more high quality work to buyers locally, nationally and internationally. This process will at the same time enhance the county’s profile and reputation as a centre for artistic excellence which will attract other creative businesses and the high spending visitor.

  • Deadline: Wednesday 16 July 2014
  • Fee: £10,000 to include ALL costs and expenses
  • Interview Date: Tuesday 22 July
  • Deadline for completion of work: July 2015
  • What: Research, business plan and funding applications for visual arts development in Dorset

The full brief and an appendix can be downloaded from the Visual Arts Southwest website here.