The Dorset Arts and Crafts Association was created to encourage people from all works of life to enjoy a wide range of arts and crafts with a particular emphasis on keeping local crafts alive. Over 100 years later that still holds true today and we are keen to link with other art and craft groups in Dorset to promote those original aims and to ensure that our annual county exhibition, the sole survivor of many county exhibitions, continues for another 100 years.

We will be happy to promote your arts and crafts group, society or club on this page with details of your events/meetings and a link to your website if you have one.

We hope that your members will be encouraged to enter craft items in to our annual exhibition. Entries do not have to be judged but can be if wished.

Artisan Community Art Studio

Artisan Community Art Studio is an independent art studio, with a magical secret garden, community cafe, offering arts, crafts and textile courses at weekends and evenings to the general public.  It hosts a wide range of groups during the week for those with a range of needs.

For more information, visit

Purbeck Workshop

Creative escapes for those touched by cancer.  The team at the Purbeck Workshop in Wool provide activities free of charge to those with or recovering from cancer, their friends and families.

For more details, visit

Stratton Lace Makers

Stratton Lace Makers are a friendly group of lace makers who welcome new members.   They mainly make bobbin lace, but welcome anyone with an interest in needle lace, tatting and crochet.

The group meets at Stratton Village Hall, Stratton, DT2 9WG.  Anyone is welcome to visit to find out more about what the group do.

For more information, contact Gillian Membury on 01305 268302.