It has become clear that we will be unable to hold the Dorset Arts and Crafts Association (DACA) Summer Exhibition this year and we regret that this event is now cancelled. We very much hope that everyone who would have been involved stays safe. We plan to come back better than ever next year (6th to 10th August 2021) and hope you will be able to join us.
In the meantime, we would encourage you to regard DACA as the hub of the arts and crafts community within Dorset. Whether as an individual or an organisation, we would love to hear about what you are doing and to see pictures of your work.
Q: Will you be offering an extension to membership?
A: Yes. We are working out the details of this and will update our membership pages in due course. Existing members whose membership is due for renewal at the end of June will be contacted in good time.
Q: My membership gives me discounts at some local shops. Are these still available?
A: We are aware that most shops offering discounts to DACA members are currently closed in accordance with the lockdown instructions. It is possible that some may offer discounts on online purchases, but this is a matter for the individual shop.
Q: I have already started work on my entries for the 2020 exhibition. Will I be able to enter these into the 2021 exhibition, or are you planning any significant changes to what types of work can be entered?
A: We are not planning any significant changes – we look forward to seeing your work in 2021.
Q: Will the member challenge image be the same for 2021?
A: Yes, we will use the image already published for this year.
Q: I won a trophy in 2019. Should I return it to you now?
A: Please keep it until 2021. If this causes you a problem, please contact the entries secretary, Celia Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
Q: What should I do with the exhibition flyers that I have been given to distribute?
A: Please put these in your recycling bin. We will have new flyers printed for 2021.
Q: I want to apply for the DACA grant for 2021. When will I be able to do this?
A: We will not be inviting applications for the DACA Grant 2021 at present. A significant part of the funds for the grant is raised at the Summer Exhibition, so the funds available will be reduced as a result of the cancellation.
Q: Will you be holding the Christmas Craft Fair in Wimborne?
A: At the moment we are continuing to plan for this. A final decision will be taken at the end of August, and will be driven by government guidance and legislation at the time.