Community Art

We are passionate about supporting art made by people of all ages in the community. Projects that you might like to visit include: The Wareham Library Garden murals, The Sea Life Stone Bench alongside the garden path overlooking Swanage pier and the stone obelisk outside Burngate Stone Carving Centre. And don’t miss the three ceramic murals on Swanage Sea Front!

Swanage Sea Life Bench Project

Carlotta Barrow has been leading the Swanage 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.

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Wareham Library Garden Regeneration Project

In 2018, under the inspirational guidance of Dawn Newlove, Wareham Primary School and the Purbeck Centre made a ceramic Story Book Mural to adorn an otherwise blank wall in the refurbished garden of Wareham Library. Young people 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 Wildlife Frieze that was hung on the wall in the newly refurbished Wareham Library Garden.

In 2013 we helped to create the Community Tree of Life and Laughter.

Swanage Sea Front Murals

In 2023 the plan is to replace the rather old Dinosaur mural on Swanage Sea Front. This project is currently on hold while we find the funds to do it.  If you would like to make a donation please contact

In 2022 we created an imaginative new mural for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  Four schools worked hard to ensure this could be unveiled by the Mayor during the Festival – thanks go to The Swanage School, Purbeck View School, St Mary’s Primary School and Wareham Primary School.  The design process and workshops were led by Dawn Newlove.

In 2016, The Swanage School, Swanage Primary School, St Mary’s Primary and Purbeck View School were all involved in workshops to produce swirling ceramic fish to join our 2015 Dinosaur Mural on Swanage Sea Front. It was all beautifully choreographed by Dawn Newlove and unveiled live on the local BBC News!

In 2015, with the guidance of Dawn Newlove, we created the second Swanage Sea Front Mural to sit to the left of the 2013 Community Tree Mural. It was designed to showcase our status as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast.

In 2013 we created the Community Tree.