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 a Sea Life Bench.
Wareham Library Garden Regeneration Project
In 2018, 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.
In 2017, three local schools made a wide range of clay creatures, birds, plants and flowers as part of a frieze that was hung on the wall in the newly refurbished Wareham Library Garden.
Sea Life Bench Project
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.