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 “Movement”. 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. Under the inspirational guidance of Dawn Newlove, Wareham primary school and the Purbeck Centre have been making a ceramic mural to adorn an otherwise blank wall in the refurbished garden of Wareham Library. Young people have painted tiles with scenes/characters from their favourite childhood stories . . . . such a suitable theme for a library garden! Do go and admire their work and the creativity of everyone involved.
Carlotta Barrow has been leading the Sea Life Bench project, inspired by the constant movement of the sea and the life beneath the waves. Stone panels have been prepared with a crest of a wave carved on the top to evoke the rolling waters, with pupils from The Swanage School, led by art teacher Sarah Mulhern developing their designs and carving the panels at the Burngate Stone Carving Centre. We are grateful to Lovell’s Quarry for providing the pre-cut stone panels, to Scott Taylor for carving the waves, and to the Albion Quarry for providing ‘practice’ stone as well as various sponsors – notably the AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The completed panels will be placed alongside the garden path overlooking Swanage pier.
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.