Arts organisations

Poole is fortunate to have a wealth of arts organisation in or near the town, all providing quality cultural experiences. The Borough of Poole Arts Service is proud to support and work with all of these organisations.

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts

The centre of artistic excellence for live events, film and visual art in Poole, providing a dynamic cultural facility for Poole, Dorset and the South West. For information, visit the Lighthouse website.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

The only UK symphony orchestra not based in a major city, the BSO give exceptional performances both at their home venue at the Lighthouse in Poole and at venues throughout the South and South West. For more information, visit the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra website.

Arts University Bournemouth

Established in 1885, AUB is now a leading University offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries.


The only strategic organisation in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset with the sole focus on producing and developing contemporary theatre, community dance and outdoor celebrations and festivals. For more information, visit the Activate website.


The award winning Music Education Development Agency for the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation. More information is available on the Soundstorm website.

Wave Arts Education Agency

Providing a source for inspiration and creativity between the arts and education communities in Bournemouth & Poole. For more information, visit the Wave website.

Page last updated: 16 August 2019
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