This comes 10 days before the launch of Dorset Art Weeks. We know you are busy so this is a short posting. Most of the information you need to be organised and ready is contained in the several past articles posted previously here on the blog – see below – or have been dealt with by your Area Coordinator.
However, the important outstanding matter is to make sure we get an accurate overview of attendance, enjoyment and, as far as possible, a sense of the economic impact of Dorset Art Weeks both for artists and the Dorset Economy. We urge you to assist in this exercise by using our Visitor Recording Form during art weeks, answering its accompanying questions at the end of DAW and returning the form to your Area Coordinator in the timescale given. It is short and straightforward.
A pdf file of the form is linked from this blog – below this paragraph. This is the only format that we can link to this website. We have therefore asked your Area Coordinator to also forward it to you as a Word File. You then have the choice of using it as a hard copy and posting it or filling it in and returning it from your computer. All returns should be to your coordinator. Please don’t return the information directly to the office.
We will be producing both a short DAW report in September and a full report alongside the DVA Annual Report in October.
Marketing and distribution of books and cards has gone really well. We have advertised DAW far better and a steady stream of artist’s stories has been going out to whet the appetite. And, there is a lively and growing use of Facebook and Twitter which is generating more of a lead-in buzz than ever. Such is the response this year, brochure ‘top-ups’ in many locations have been necessary already.
Marketing is the responsibility of all taking part – if you see an opportunity to leave a brochure or two or a stock of cards, please take it. Refresher stocks are with your coordinator.
We have been working our socks off – so please join in and spread the load. More coverage and events are in hand.
On which note, the Wimborne Group have been run a sculptural Heads project for both artists and young people. The resulting busts are in the library and shops all around the town. Each participating business is displaying DAW brochures and cards. Gillingham and Shaftesbury group have run a very lively lead-in campaign culminating in an exhibition and demonstration day at Orchard Park Garden Centre. Sherborne Group are just now installing a display at Castle Gardens.
In realising these events and the positive mood in so many of our DAW areas there are some individuals who deserve special mention for all the energy they have put in. We’ll make sure this happens at an appropriate time when we can all celebrate DAW 2012s achievements and look forward the DVA 2012/13 programme. This will be posted by the end of Dorset Art Weeks.
Please look out for other up-dates and rolling news over the course of Art Weeks.
Good luck to all. Don’t forget to do and to return the survey form!!
Must get on….Can’t wait to see the blossoming of yellow and red banners across Dorset next week.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as we can during DAW
Jem and Suzy