Arts Organisations

Worcester City Council delivers and supports a wide range of art initiatives and organisations throughout the City. Below is a list of some of the partners we support and the initiatives you can get involved in, in your local community:


Worcester Arts Partnership

The Arts Partnership began in 2010 as a way of bringing the many different stake holders of the arts in the county. This includes members of the professional, amateur and voluntary arts sector, local authority officers from both the arts and non arts sectors, The University of Worcester, The Arts Council, The Elmley Foundation and leading arts freelancers. It now has five working sub groups and engages actively with over 80 arts organisations and artists in the county.

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News and Opportunities Blog

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For any enquires on the above you can contact the County Arts development officer Steve Wilson

Telephone: 01905 765754

DART: Welcome to Developing Artists in Rural Touring (DART)

DART is a new initiative designed to develop performing artists and companies towards performance opportunities in Worcestershire and in the wider rural and small-scale touring contexts.

The project is commissioned by Worcestershire County Council and is managed by Live & Local, which also manages Shindig, the rural touring scheme for Worcestershire.

The project's aims, which all contribute to live performances in Worcestershire, are:

  • To develop the understanding, knowledge and skills of performing artists in relation to professional performance opportunities in Worcestershire through Shindig and local authority supported festivals, events and venues, in the wider rural touring and small-scale touring contexts
  • To foster understanding, communication and relationships between promoters and performing artists in Worcestershire
  • To support the sustainability of performing artists living and/or making work in Worcestershire and/or for Worcestershire audiences, thereby encouraging talent to reside and create work in the county
  • To support the development of high quality, innovative performances that meet audience needs

Worcester Arts Partnership Strategy

Find out more about the Partnership's work to bring the best arts and cultural opportunities to the County. 'The Arts Matters' strategy can be downloaded at: Just Search ‘The Arts Matter'.

Worcester Arts Council

Worcester Arts Council promotes the Arts in Worcester – including visual arts, music, dance and drama. They are able to offer financial support to societies and groups through the awarding of grants. These can be applied for in April and September and can be up to a maximum value of £500. If grants are being requested for events, these must take place within the city of Worcester. Capital grants are also available for the purchase of equipment. Any Arts organisation or individual can become a member of WAC.

For further information visit or contact Julia Blois on or call 01905 780382. 

Worcester Arts Workshop

Offering fresh and unique ideas and opportunities, the Workshop presents a range of creative activities including courses and workshops, performances, exhibitions, children's activities and film as well as spaces for hire. The doors are always open in this lively and welcoming environment!

The Arts Workshop is also home to the colourful Café Bliss which serves up a wide range of food including delicious cakes, sandwiches and Mexican treats. The food and atmosphere here is known throughout the county and attracts people from Worcestershire and beyond.

Come along and see what we have to offer. For further information please email:  or visit


Worcester Live

Worcester Live is the City's premier arts organisation and is responsible for the running of Huntingdon Hall, The Swan Theatre, Shakespeare at the Commandery, Shakespeare at the Cathedral, the Ghost Walks of Worcester and the Worcester Festival.

For more information about any of the above Worcester Live events please contact the Box Office on 01905 611427 or visit our website:

Shindig: Live Arts on your Doorstep

Shindig is Worcestershire's programme of professional live arts and entertainment for community venues or right on your doorstep.

Shindig is the Rural and Community Touring Scheme for Worcestershire, bringing high quality, live arts performances to towns, Cities and villages across the county.

For more information please call Tel: 01926 402172 or alternatively email: or visit their website:


Worcester Resource Exchange

This is a scraps store full of exciting and unusual materials that have been rescued from local industry. It is an Aladdin's Cave of gorgeous goodies, crammed with amazing potential for creative re-use. The Exchange is a registered charity, set up as part of the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust to provide you with inspirational and affordable resources, whilst reducing landfill. For further information please call Tel: 01905 726796, or email: or visit


Dancefest offer a wide range of weekly dance classes throughout Worcestershire and Herefordshire in contemporary, street, breakdance and choreography - for people of all ages and all levels of experience.

Email: or visit for further information on activities and events.

Worcester Museums

The Worcester Museums website is full of fascinating historic background information on Worcester's leading museums. Examples include:

Art Gallery & Museum

Housed in a beautiful Victorian building, the City Art Gallery & Museum runs a lively programme of exhibitions, activities and events for all the family. Explore the fascinating historic displays or drop in to see one of our contemporary art exhibitions. Discover the children's activity space, enjoy a cappuccino in the balcony cafe and do not miss the gallery shop.   

The Commandery

The Commandery also known as St Wulfstan's Hospital, offers displays about the history of the building as well as a major exhibition on the English Civil War. With a full programme of activities and events throughout the year, and with its own gardens and nearby Fort Royal Park, the site makes for an ideal family visit.

Further information can be on the Worcester Museums website or Tel: 01905 361821.