At the heart of PAW is passing on a love for art to young people. We work closely with local schools to celebrate and encourage art, and each year we try and involve around 500 Purbeck Young Artists (PYA) in creative activities. Students are encouraged to develop art works on the festival theme, which this year is ‘Nature and the Environment’. The workshops have been coordinated by Sophie Jenkins and are delivered by an amazing team of local artists with a wealth of experience of working with young people. This year the range of workshops includes, ceramics, painting banners, sculptures from nature, mosaics and 3D art using recycled materials. You can see the inspiring results in the byre at Rollington Barn.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to The Friends of the Festival and to all our Sponsors for supporting our work with young people – without them, we would not have so many opportunities to spread the joy of art so widely. We would also like to thank the schools and teachers involved this year for recognising the importance of art and creativity for young peoples’ development and helping to produce some awe-inspiring work.
The PYA workshops took a different form this year as they focused on three main projects: Banners for Purbeck Young Musicians concert in the Mowlem Theatre, led by Sophie Jenkins, Puppetry/Movement workshops, led by Autin Dance Theatre and the Platinum Jubilee mural for Swanage seafront, led by Dawn Clark.
The 2021 workshops were greatly appreciated by schools as they emerged from a difficult year in 2020 dominated by Covid. Four experienced artist teachers were able to deliver 10 workshops – thanks again to our generous sponsors. They included a wide spectrum of methods and media – using natural materials, wire, withies, photography, cardboard and collage and more to explore the theme of ‘renewal’. The work produced was varied, imaginative and colourful. The children had a lot of fun as well as learning new skills, using unusual tools for painting and responding individually to a given task.
The PAW Festival was cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In 2019, thanks to the generosity of our local sponsors, we were again able to offer 17 workshops to schools across Purbeck. Led by four experienced artists the workshops took up the Festival theme of Flights of Fancy exploring various techniques that students might not otherwise experience: 3D assemblage, mono printing, metal work, rust printing, cyanotypes, stone carving and animation.
Purbeck Young Artists was very successful in 2018, with seventeen schools involved. The quality of the workshops results were higher than ever and the exhibition was excellent. We were able to offer students workshops that added to their skill set and we offered workshops that had not been offered previously. We had four very experienced artists on the team who ran excellent workshops based around the 2018 theme of Movement.
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 theme for Purbeck Young Artists 2017 was a Moment in Time and was chosen to give students the maximum scope to explore their imaginative range; encouraging them to draw inspiration from a wide range of sources and interpret the theme from varied perspectives. The range of workshops spanned textiles, metal work, photography, dance, ink painting, sewing, mosaics and clay modelling.
In 2016 we ran 15 workshops in local schools. The theme was Midsummer Dream.
In 2014 one of the workshops that we put on was animation. This is Donatella Saves the Festival by Bovington Primary School. The festival theme in 2014 was Venetian Carnival.