We have nearly 200 Members of Purbeck Art Weeks and every year well over half will exhibit as part of our group show at Rollington Barn or at their own Open Studio. The list on our Purbeck Art Weeks Artists page shows all our artist Members and exhibiting Guest Artists.
Purbeck Young Artists
Our festival is for everyone and so we encourage and celebrate art created locally by young people and in the community. Every year we involve around 500 Purbeck Young Artists (PYA) in schools across Purbeck in creative activities. Schools are encouraged to develop art works on the festival theme which this year is “Flight of Fancy”. The workshops have been coordinated by Helen Biles and we are most grateful for all the work she and her team of artists have put in over many months. The range of workshops span metalwork, cyanotype, rust printing, ceramics, mosaics, dance and 3D. You can see their results at Rollington Barn.
Thanks to The Friends of the Festival and our Sponsors for supporting our work with young people.
We also create Community Art because working in the community brings people together. Swanage, seafront boasts a Tree of Life, a smiling dinosaur, and swirling fish created by people from across the Purbeck community. We are currently working on our second mural for the Wareham Library Garden regeneration project as well as helping to fund the Swanage Sea Life Bench.
Do you want to exhibit with PAW?
Visual Artist Members can exhibit at our central exhibition at Rollington, (a great place to dip your toe in the water for the first time, or offer a taster of your work to encourage visitors to your open studio), or Open Your Studio, (lots of artists also share Open Studios – great for mutual support and to increase the variety of art for visitors).
The visual artists involved in PAW are a real mix of established and emerging artists and of all ages. Many artists, who now exhibit regularly elsewhere, as well as in PAW, took their first steps through the Art Weeks. PAW is a great place to start.