March 5 2018
Purbeck Art Weeks Festival runs from May 26th to June 10th and is a joyful celebration of arts for all. Painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewellers, photographers and more open their studios across Purbeck for visitors to explore. A full programme of fabulous concerts, talks and workshops is on offer for all tastes and ages. PAW’s collective exhibition at Rollington Barn (near Corfe Castle) is a good place to start your art trail – it provides a taster of the work of over 100 participating PAW artists. You will also find a delightful courtyard café where you can treat yourself to coffee and cakes or a light lunch, and an exhibition of the imaginative results of PAW young artist’s workshops from 17 schools across Purbeck.
The programme of events includes glorious music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, from Italy to England, and much in between. The Festival opens with the Gabrieli Consort who return with Visions and Mystics’ – showcasing choral masterpieces from the 20th Century with the involvement of local singers, and brass from the Swanage and Wareham Town Bands (May 26th 6.30pm, Lady St Mary Church, Wareham). For something a bit different there is Purbeck Island Discs with Lord (Jim) O’Neill and the broadcaster Jon Snow (May 27th), Unravelling Brass Mysteries – a talk by local expert Tim Arnold, the ex Chief Instructor Royal Military School of Music (May 31), or go along to the Swanage Jazz Machine’s gig on June 8th) – and there’s more, including a film, community events and workshops! The final concert (June 9th) welcomes back the award-winning Fieri Consort with a superb programme of English madrigals. Do book your tickets in good time to avoid disappointment.
For more details and to book tickets please go to www.purbeckartweeks.co.uk – or pick up a free Festival Brochure or Events Programme (£2) available in shops and other outlets throughout Purbeck.