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The PYA Exhibition

The very essence of PAW is to pass on a passion for art to the young people in our community. We are aware that art in schools has been cut over the years, and we feel that our special role is to encourage youngsters to enjoy the benefits of getting involved and experiment in making art. 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.

This year we have a record number of 18 schools participating. The workshops have been coordinated by local artist and teacher Sophie Jenkins, and are delivered by an amazing team of 6 local artists with a wealth of experience of working with young people. This year students have been encouraged to develop art works on the theme of ‘Coastal Life’ – through a range of workshops includes, glass art, puppet making, painting banners, clay making, graffiti street art and 3D art using recycled materials.

You can see the inspiring results in the byre at Rollington Barn.

We would, as always, 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 their amazing generosity we would not have so many opportunities to spread the enjoyment 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 people and helping to produce some incredible work.

The PYA celebratory opening event is on Friday May 24th at 4.00pm – 5.00pm. There will be awards, live music, and an opportunity for children to take part in junk modelling. We do hope you will come and join us.

Corfe Castle Primary School’s Workshop

Upton Infant School’s Workshop