Visiting Open Studios is the ideal way to enjoy both the eclectic range of art created in the Isle of Purbeck and meeting the creators. Our artists always look forward to welcoming you into their studios and giving you some insights into how they work. There is a wonderful array of Open Studios – you’ll find painting, printmaking , photography, ceramics, sculpture, glass work and much, much more. Entry to all studios is free.
You may like to take your cheque book with you just in case temptation strikes. Some Open Studios have card machines but not all. Or you can secure your latest art related purchase by paying a deposit. Please remember that all studios and exhibitions are work environments and are likely to have hazards such as uneven surfaces, sharp tools etc. Visitors must take great care. The trustees cannot accept liability for loss, injury or damage.
Rollington is PAW’s collective exhibition showcasing at least one artwork from each of the over 100 artists taking part in the year’s Festival.
As well as providing a taster of the work of all the artists who are part of an Open Studio, it’s also an opportunity to see the work of those artists who are not able to open their studios. On the barn door a large map of all the Open Studios can help you find your way around the Studios and Events, with information on the full range of concerts, talks and films taking place in the evenings. Brochures (free) and Event Programmes (£2) are available.
You will find an inspiring array of paintings, prints, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, greetings cards and much more. Work at Rollington can be purchased and taken away on the day. We accept cash, cheques with identification and most credit and debit cards. At least two of the exhibiting artists will be present each day who will be happy to provide more information.
You will also see some of the delightfully creative art by students from local schools as part of our Purbeck Young Artists scheme.
Rollington Barn is a beautiful historic stone building. In the courtyard the café provides a selection of delicious homemade cakes, light lunches and hot and cold drinks. Opening hours are the same as for the exhibition.
Purbeck Young Artists
Purbeck Young Artists has two main strands; an annual show of young artists’ work and a series of artist led workshops in local schools sponsored and organised by PAW.
In 2017 we ran 15 workshops in schools to inspire young artists to be even more creative, enterprising and innovative – as well as have fun. The range of workshops spanned textiles, metal work, photography, dance, ink painting, sewing, mosaics and clay modelling. Some wonderful ideas emerged.
In 2017 we created the “Isle of Purbeck Clock” – a collaboration between all schools in the Purbeck area. Every decorated ‘tile’ submitted by a child was included in the clock installation – no one was left out. This stunning ‘working’ clock was displayed at Rollington Barn as part of PAW.
We also create community art. Under the inspirational guidance of Dawn Newlove, three local schools made a wide range of clay creatures, birds, plants and flowers as part of a frieze for the Wareham Library Garden regeneration project. We also involved the art group at the Purbeck Centre.
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.