June 19, 2024
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PAW 2024 Festival Highlights

What an incredible Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW) Festival we’ve had this year! We hope you enjoyed the vibrant and diverse range of artwork, concerts, other events, and creative activities on offer.

This year, we showcased an incredible array of talent, featuring over 100 local artists, creatives, and international musicians. Our Festival hub, Rollington Barn, and over 30 open studios attracted thousands of visitors from near and far, all eager to immerse themselves in the Festival’s buzzing atmosphere and creative energy.

Showcasing young talent

Our collaboration with 14 local schools through our Purbeck Young Artists’ programme resulted in beautiful art projects that were proudly displayed at Rollington. Seeing the creativity and enthusiasm of young budding artists has been truly inspiring and we can’t wait to continue to nurture more.

Thanks to our fantastic coordinator Sophie for making it all happen and to the many artists who led workshops. We were delighted that Purbeck Ice Cream sponsored our opening evening with delicious treats too! 

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Meeting Purbeck’s talented artists

Open studios were no doubt a major highlight again this year, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the creative spaces of artists across Purbeck’s scenic landscape. From painting and sculpture to ceramics and photography, we got to peek behind the curtain and meet the wonderful artists behind the incredible artwork. 

And don’t forget it doesn’t stop with PAW – many of the featured artists are showing and selling their work across locations in Purbeck throughout the year. Be sure to follow them on social media to see what they’re all up to next.

Art in action

We were delighted to have artist Charlotte Fereday with us throughout the Festival with her ‘Spirit of Rollington’ installation, quite literally stitching visitors into her artwork. She will be working on it over the coming weeks and months – stay tuned on social media to see how it’s going! 

Thanks to all the artists who hosted demonstrations and workshops in our pop-up studio – we loved seeing the many happy faces of those trying out new crafts and getting inspired to learn something new.

Magical concerts and events

We were thrilled to host an outstanding line-up of musical talent as part of our Concerts & Other Events programme this year, featuring renowned international musicians such as Gawain Glenton with In Echo, I Fagiolini, Fieri Consort, Helen Charlston and Toby Carr, and The Gesualdo Six. 

We were honored to welcome PAW President and renowned sculptor Philip Jackson who delivered a fascinating talk on the ‘Changing Face of Beauty’. He thoroughly enjoyed visiting some of the many open studios too.

We were in the news

We are excited to share that PAW received significant coverage and we were even on the front page of the BBC with our pop-up Water Bottle Tree art installation by local sculptor Robert Marshall. The sculpture shines a light on the misuse of single use plastics and aims to raise awareness of environmental issues. Click here to read more.

Thanks to our sponsors

A big thank you to The Lulworth Estate, our main sponsor, for their generous support. And to the trusts, foundations, businesses, Friends, and supporters that have helped us make PAW 2024 such a success. If you’re interested in supporting next year’s Festival please get in touch at info@purbeckartweeks.co.uk.