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PAW 2014 Festival more successful than ever

This year’s Purbeck Art Weeks Festival has been a great success, with record sales and numbers at Rollington Barn and many artists’ venues,  and record numbers of people at a fantastic variety of events from Baroque to Blues.  The events attracted people from all over Purbeck as well as London, the home counties, Sussex, Hampshire and many other places who came specially to visit the Festival.  This shows what a great attraction the Festival has become and how Purbeck benefits as a result.

Philip Jackson, PAW Festival’s new President inspired pupils and artists alike with his mysterious Venetian figures and his keen interest in Purbecks artists and their work, internationally renowned performers involved and inspired local young musicians, and Purbeck’s own wonderful artists and talented musicians unstintingly shared their skills and experiences with everyone.  Indeed around 500 young people have been involved in workshops with PAW artists and over 100 young musicians and dancers have also enjoyed workshops and performing at a range of venues across Purbeck.  As one teacher said ‘thank you, for organising Red Priest - the students had a great day with them and it was a really rewarding and enjoyable event. I thought their performance was fantastic, and I know for a fact that some of our students found it truly inspirational’.

And a great bit of news just in – Sinead O’Neill, a Purbeck Young Artist, who entered one of her paintings into the BBC One Show’s Art Competition and has just heard that she’s been shortlisted with 12 other young artists (out of 1,100 entrants) – this painting will now hang in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.  'I'm so excited’ Sinead said ‘I can hardly believe it. PAW gave me the confidence to enter this competition - I've never done this sort of thing before, and without the experience of 3 years in PAW I  would never have done it’.  Congratulations Sinead!

Purbeck has great local talent – and this is what the PAW Festival encourages, celebrates and promotes.  

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