Shaftesbury Arts Centre aims to take the lead in seeking to optimise opportunities for the community of Shaftesbury and the surrounding area to experience and take part in the highest standard of the widest range of the creative arts.
Established in 1957, the Arts Centre is exactly 60 years old, in the old covered market in the centre of the medieval Dorset hilltop market town of Shaftesbury. Shaftesbury Arts Centre is now widely recognised as one of the best volunteer membership-led arts centres in South West England, self financing, run entirely by unpaid volunteer staff.
Our regular, varied and lively year-round programme of amateur and professional plays, films, art, photography and craft exhibitions, workshops, and training courses draws people from far and wide including Wiltshire and Somerset. It is also increasingly taking the arts out into the community.