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A Place That Inspires Remarkable People to Remarkable Things


Contents A Place of Inspiration Who we are and what we do Dartington Today Introduction (Chair and CEO) Our Work Inspiring the Arts Tagore Festival Immerse DISS Sustainability Bicton College at Dartington The future of our Land Social Innovation A fairer society Abundant Life Research in Practice School for Social Entrepreneurs Pioneering in Enterprise Hotel and Restaurant Achievements 2012/13 Page of stats showing our Impact Raising Awareness and Influencing Change We Couldn’t do this without Our People Initiatives for staff training Bitesize, apprentices, SSE, Induction Volunteer co-ordinator The Future Supporting resilient communities How we make our money Social Enterprises Fundraising Membership How we raised and spent our money Our finances in brief Financial Review Donors


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Dartington is a place of learning and experiment addressing some of the significant issues of our time. A Place of Inspiration The pioneering spirit of the Dartington Hall Trust goes back to 1925 when Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst purchased the neglected estate. The Elmhirsts were inspired by many innovative thinkers of the time which led to them founding the Dartington Hall Trust. Early initiatives included Dartington Hall School, Dartington Tweed Mill and later Dartington Glass. Many remarkable things have happened at Dartington. It was here that the post-war Labour manifesto was penned by Herbert Morrison; the Arts Council was conceived and the first arts school with practising and performing artists was established. The International Summer School moved to Dartington in 1953 and continues offering amateurs a unique opportunity to play with the world’s leading musicians - and for professionals to experiment and explore new collaborations. Social enterprise was central to the Elmhirsts’ vision and continues to play a key part in supporting Dartington’s charitable activities today. In 1977, The Shops at Dartington (known then as the Cider Press Centre) opened and in 1991, the White Hart Bar and Restaurant and the Dartington Conference Centre opened – all play an important part in generating revenue and providing hospitality for the many people who come to Dartington.

Dartington Today The inspiration continues today - working in partnership with pioneering thinkers, teachers, artists and social entrepreneurs our magnificent and distinctive place and people inspire and cultivate some remarkable things.


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Introduction Chair and CEO Whilst talking about the successes of the last year and the changes that have happened and had to happen also start to relate to why we do things and the impact that can have on communities. This will then bring in the link with resilient and flourishing communities. What our part in this is, how we can use our expertise, what impact do we want to have, why we do the things we do.


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Our Vision A place where remarkable people are inspired to do remarkable things We have a wonderful portfolio of activities at Dartington which • Enable people to learn new skills and have new opportunities • Provide opportunities for people to stretch themselves to achieve and contribute more • Allow exceptional individuals to push boundaries, inspire and be catalysts for change • Support the economic life of the region • Enrich the cultural and creative life in the region and beyond • Provide opportunities to share our skills and learn from partners We support 16 charitable programmes with over 20 new initiatives in development. Our work reaches out across the globe. We also contribute over £15 million each year into the local economy and help shape the unique character of the local area. Whilst talking about the successes of the last year and the changes that have happened and had to happen also start to relate to why we do things and the impact that can have on communities. This will then bring in the link with resilient and flourishing communities. What our part in this is, how we can use our expertise, what impact do we want to have, why we do the things we do.


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Our Work This Report gives just a few examples of how do this, the remarkable impact this work has and the people – our staff and volunteers and those we work in partnership with. Include some lines about why we do what we do with a link to resilient communities

Our Areas The arts, the promotion of a fairer society and the future sustainability of our planet. Arts From live events, to film to festivals to artists residencies, Dartington inspires all parts of the creative community to engage in the arts and to make new work.

Promotion of a fairer society An independent, challenging and powerful voice, we support enterprises which focus on leading social change.

Future sustainability of our planet Our world renowned Schumacher College gives people from across the globe the opportunity to learn about environmental, economic and social sustainability, and is at the forefront of new thinking and action on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable living.


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Inspiring the Arts Dartington Space is a creative centre of international significance. It is a place where all parts of the creative community can engage in the arts and make work. Artists immerse themselves in their own practice and audiences can engage with the creative process. Throughout the year there has been a programme of audience focussed and participative activity giving unforgettable experiences. Including Dartington International Summer School, Immerse - the artists’ development programme, the Barn Cinema, Printmaking and Book Binding, large scale off site projects such as ‘Red Ball’ and ‘Welcome Songs’ (both commissioned in the Olympic year) and the Tagore Festival and an Outdoor film series in the summer. Check which ones to concentrate on

Red Ball Need detail of our actual involvement and aims and achievements


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Tagore Year 2. Who performed, how many attended, connection with DHT


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Immerse Our new Artist’s Programme, Immerse offers the studio space, facilities, production expertise and tranquillity to stimulate the creativity that vibrant and diverse artists need. Since the launch of the programme in January, dozens of diverse international and home grown artists have created some quite amazing pieces of art. Immerse offers artists complete refuge away from urban life and the hustle and bustle of daily living. The world-class studios mean that Immerse can cater to all kinds of art form and all sizes of companies, allowing the programme to be inclusive and accessible to a broad range of artists and their work. The world-class studios mean that Immerse can cater to all kinds of art form and all sizes of companies, allowing the programme to be inclusive and accessible to a broad range of artists and their work. Immerse Artist’s Programme has welcomed many local, national and worldrenowned artists through its doors. Just a few are: Underground group Belarus Free Theatre completed a month-long residency resulting in a new piece of work entitled Merry Christmas Ms Meadows, which they are now touring worldwide. The critically acclaimed Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston, Mark Morris and Ethan Iverson explored the relationship between music and dance. And Soumik Datta, “British Sarod-maestro” who created his new work Lanka which will be performed at the Tagore festival in late June. David Francis, Director of Arts at The Dartington Hall Trust, says: “The development of Immerse Artist’s Programme in the world-class Space Studios means that we are able to reach and engage with so many more people, both artists and public. Quote from an artist “Dartington is an exceptional resource for making work and, in my view, is unrivalled nationally in terms of the facilities, location and ability of the team to support the creative process.” - Wayne McGregor | Random Dance


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DISS Dartington is home to the International Summer School a five-week event that runs throughout the summer and is a delight for all who love to play, compose or sing. It is somewhere talented amateurs can find themselves playing or singing next to professionals, and advanced students and young professionals can hone their skills. Where some of the world’s leading performers, conductors and composers will be sharing their talents with attendees. The result is a moving and unique experience. Dartington is a melting pot with a diverse mix of students and teachers - it is very much an international summer school with pianists from Lithuania, violinists from Mauritius, lutenists from Brazil and singers from Hong Kong. Music connects where sometimes language can’t. There are over 100 courses from vocal and instrumental masterclasses to ensemble workshops, orchestras and choirs as well as world music, folk, dance and electronics. • Sir Neville Marriner regards the Summer School as his ‘spiritual home’ - guest director of the string orchestra • Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud – will be teaching for the first time in the UK, leading a composition course for young professional composers and advanced students. This will be an intensive experience with all compositions performed by the chamber group the Composers Ensemble. • Stile Antico – will give a vocal ensemble course entitled the Phoenix Rising, focusing on the ten volumes of Tudor Church Music (including Taverner, Tallis Gibbons, Gibbons, White, and Byrd) • András Keller will be coaching Advanced Chamber Music: String Quartets • Ray Davies– will offer an opportunity for singer songwriters from various backgrounds to immerse themselves in songwriting. Following the daily workshops and individual tutorials there will be an end of week showcase Dartington has attracted top teachers/performers to give masterclasses, including: • British soprano Emma Kirkby, renowned not only for her voice but also her significant role in the early music revival in this country • Tamara Stefanovich – is returning to give a master class after coming for the first time in 2012 • British countertenor Andrew Watts, earlier this year in Harrison Birtwistle’s Minotaur at the Royal Opera House • Australian mezzo Yvonne Minton who has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras • British tenor Robert Murray, a regular at the Royal Opera House, ENO, Garsington and Glyndbourne.


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Sustainability Pioneering and independent education and innovation thrives at Dartington’s Schumacher College. The college attracts students and teachers from across the world with more than 8000 alumni, many of whom are leading activists, thinkers and leaders in the global transition to a more resilient, low-carbon and equitable world. Committed to educating its students in deep ecology, sustainable living, and a worldview based on holistic thinking, the College offers a pioneering programme of short courses, four postgraduate programmes in Sustainable Horticulture, Economics for Transition, Ecological Design and Holistic Science, and hands-on vocational training in Natural Building and Outdoor Education. “Schumacher College is a very special place. As we try and figure out what on earth we’re going to do with this unravelling planet, it’s become a think-tank for hope, a battery for positive vision” Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org – short course teacher. People from all over the world, of all ages and backgrounds, have been informed, inspired and encouraged to act by our transformative courses for sustainable living. In 1991 Schumacher College opened as a centre where new ideas about ecology environment and spirituality could be studied in a radical way, a place where people could be trained in holistic learning and holistic living. We want to offer the opportunity to experience this transformative experience to as many people as possible, particularly at this time of economic, ecological and social uncertainty. We would like to offer an equal opportunity to students who are in most need of a bursary. “The Schumacher bursary scheme gave me a real opportunity in a place on the Natural Building course which covered such a breadth of information with an inspiring level of integrity. It was quite a unique foundation to take me further into work in this field. I can’t thank you enough for giving me this opportunity.” Heather Scott, Natural Build Certificate 2012. Since graduating Heather has been working on a refectory and eco café at Potager in Cornwall.


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Bicton College at Dartington Bicton College, Devon’s only specialist land-based college, and Dartington have joined forces to establish a new campus on the Dartington Hall estate. The collaboration will deliver a wide range of courses for students from age 14 upwards, from across the region at all educational levels including higher education. Courses will be offered in all aspects of agriculture, horticulture and countryside management, opening up a range of new opportunities for young people in west and south Devon.


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The future of our Land We have created a vision for the future of Dartington’s land, focussing on using our land primarily for supporting education, experimentation and enterprise. Some of the recommendations of the review are already in place – others will come on board in the next few years. List some of the things - allotments In the last year we have planted more than 500 native trees


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Social Innovation A fairer society

The philosophy or a fairer society continues to inform the programmes and initiatives today. We are an independent, challenging and powerful voice, focused on leading social change - making a difference to people locally and nationally by tackling problems from new angles and sharing knowledge about what works best.

Abundant Life

A pioneering community living concept that will offer the many things we want in older life - choice, independence, dignity and respect, the best quality of care if and when we need it, being supported to live active, purposeful lives, and that we can afford it.


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Research in Practice Since 1996 research in practice has supported the children’s sector to bring together formal research evidence with practitioner expertise – enabling better decision-making, increased professional confidence and improved outcomes for children, young people and their families. By sharing knowledge and expertise we spread best practice and create new knowledge. We now also support the adult social care sector to use evidence with research in practice for adults by continuously asking questions about what works, searching objectively for the best available evidence and taking appropriate action guided by that evidence. 5400 people participated in learning opportunities “Without research in practice I would find my job so much harder. On my own, I know I could not meet the learning needs of our staff – but I know I can go to research in practice and then will have what I need. It is a hugely useful resource.” Casestudy – social worker to tell their story of what they have been able to do


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School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington SSE supports pioneering, entrepreneurial individuals who are driven to create new organisations or community projects for social benefit and positive change rather than for personal profit. Part of the international SSE Network - which started in London in 1997 by Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington the programme launched in Devon in 2009 and has already resulted in the foundation of new organisations and the creation of new jobs in the county. Each year DSSE entrepreneurs develop a broad range of exciting business ideas which will benefit the community ranging from a community owned and operated farm, a training package of life skills to vulnerable young people, to a grassroots aid organisation, which supports co-operatives in the aftermath of conflicts or natural emergencies. Claire Burton graduated from the Dartington SSE in 2011. Based in Totnes, she has set up a Community Interest Company, Hestia Care at Home, providing loving care and support to local people. Claire was struck by seeing first hand the need for older people to have access to consistent, good quality care in their own homes. Her Social Enterprise Hestia is now supporting many older people remain at home.


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Pioneering in Enterprise We are not only pioneering in our work but pioneering in enterprise too. Maintaining this beautiful estate costs alone in excess of ÂŁ1 million a year. Running our existing activities, let alone developing new ones costs in excess of ÂŁ7 million. Our aim is to be completely self-funding by 2015. Within the estate we have set up x social enterprises which are run ethically with all profits going directly to support our charitable causes.

Shops Today the Shops at Dartington are a thriving hub of local enterprise based at the old cider press. The complex of individual shops and restaurants runs as a social enterprise. All profits are used to fund the activities of The Dartington Hall Estate


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Hotel and Restaurant Dartington Hall is also a wonderful place to stay and dine. Much of the main courtyard area has been sympathetically converted so that guests can experience the tranquil, secluded setting for themselves. There are also conference facilities complemented by fine dining offering a mix of heritage and comfort. Proud to be a social enterprise, all profits go towards the charitable aims of The Dartington Hall Trust. The aim is to be an influential leader in the hospitality industry that embodies the ideals of the Trust. Apprenticeships


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Achievements 2012/13 Over the last year we have Inspired and supported creativity in the arts • Creating opportunities for at least 2,500 local people, national and international visitors to participate in music, drama and the visual arts, developing their skills and broadening their experience • Developing the new Immerse programme where 150 highly talented artists created new and challenging work that was shared with audiences across the region, country and internationally • Showing work, across a range of art-forms to audiences totalling 200,000 people on and off the Dartington Hall estate.

Contributed to a more sustainable society • Schumacher College’s innovative learning programmes have inspired 550 change makers, social entrepreneurs and practitioners to enable them to create a more sustainable way of life. • Strong partnerships have been built with organisations and the local community to find new ways to use the land on our estate to support the arts, the development of a fairer society and to evidence the positive environmental outcomes of sustainable husbandry • 85% of Dartington’s waste is now being recycled

Promoting a fairer society • 50,000 of the most disadvantaged children and adults up and down the country have been supported, by providing opportunities to learn from research evidence and to share best practice • Financial backing of £xx has been achieved for an experimental residential community that demonstrates a better way of living in older age for everyone (is it better to talk about the achievement in a different way?) • 60 new social entrepreneurs whose businesses will support their local communities and environment have been supported and mentored

In 2012/13 on our estate we have • Seen in excess of 1 million visitors who engage with the work we do to help achieve a more sustainable, just and creative society and enjoy the open spaces, beautiful gardens and history of our 880 acre estate • Maintained the distinctive quality of the historic buildings and land that lie at the heart of our estate, so that they continue to welcome and inspire the people who think, learn, create and relax here • Raised £3m from the sale of peripheral land and properties to help us maintain the quality of our core estate and to deliver and develop our charitable work


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[Page of stats showing our Impact] Use some stats No’s attending courses Participated in arts Artists Volunteers Staff Recycling Supporting disadvantaged families


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In 2012/13 we have: • Put £xx into the local economy • Provided sustainable jobs for around 400 local people • Developed our social enterprises so that they generate positive social and environmental returns and contribute over £1m to support our charitable work • Worked continuously to ensure that all our staff feel valued, well supported, able to do great work and achieve amazing results

Raising Awareness and Influencing Change Community Engagement and Impact • Conversations • Events • Giving fab space to local groups Dartington Community players as example

Community Support 75 local businesses which in turn employ a further 150 people and add a further £5m to the local economy


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We Couldn’t do this without Our People Our 400 staff and 400 regular volunteers are key to our success. Ensuring they have the right support and opportunities is vital. Initiatives for staff training Bitesize, apprentices, SSE, Induction Volunteer co-ordinator


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The Future Supporting resilient communities Our current strategy - By 2015 we will How we will do this / What we will do / Plans for 13-14 • The focus for 2013-14 is about consolidation. Consolidation on investment already made to either help change existing activities or help stimulate new activities. • For some areas, the focus must now be to maximise our impact following investment in new activities (Schumacher masters, festival programme, Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs (DSSE) and land use review). In others we plan to build on our ability to generate our own resources following investment (Dartington Hall, Schumacher, Space, and DISS). There is also a drive to build on our partnership work with key organisations, for example, Bicton College and Guildhall School of Music. • We also need to take action to address the arts and fundraising which are not are still not performing financially as we would like. This will require targeted support over the next few months to resolve and implement an achievable turnaround plan. We want to enable people, organisations and communities to challenge, inspire and make things happen. • We want to make sure that all our future programmes, land, enterprises and partnerships are focused on enriching the lives of individuals and building communities that are more resilient, fairer and creative. In this way we can work together to enable a better, healthier and more sustainable life for everyone – not just the strongest or the most privileged. • We want to be seen as a place with a hunger to learn. To learn from each other in all we do. To build partnerships with others who will help us think anew as we engage with the challenges of the Arts, Sustainability and Social Justice. • We want to be a rich resource both for our local community and further afield.

Longer term Apprentice Hotel Shop Expansion Abundant Life


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How we make our money Social Enterprises Fundraising Membership How we raised and spent our money Our finances in brief Financial Review Governance?


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Donors Dartington is an independent charitable organisation, trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise in order to fund our pioneering work.


DH Annual Report (draft)