Welcome to Purbeck Art Weeks
24 May – 8 June 2014
The 2014 Festival
Next year’s Festival runs from Saturday 24th May till Sunday 8th June. For the first time there will be an overall theme that will embrace not just our Purbeck Young Artists but also many of our Events, our community art and some of the work of our visual artists. The theme of Venetian Carnival should give plenty of scope for a range of ideas to be realised. We aim to have a grand opening event on Wareham quay early evening on Saturday 24th May before a performance in Lady St Mary’s Church by the Gabrieli consort & players of Venetian Coronation – their recent recording of this spectacular work has just been accorded a Gramophone Award.
If you have not seen Red Priest, then prepare to be amazed! They bring a whole new approach to engaging young and old in Vivaldi and other composers. Their performance at Lytchett Minster school will be preceded by a presentation and we will also involve a range of young dancers.
Red Priest in action with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
The internationally famous sculptor Philip Jackson has kindly agreed not only to be our visiting artist but also to loan us a sculpture which will form the centre piece of our publicity drive to raise awareness on the Festival and its Venetian theme. Philip is perhaps best known for some of his public art and in particular the recent memorial in Green Park, London, to Bomber Command and the statue of Alex Ferguson. But his other works are no less striking and atmospheric. He will talk about his work and be our guest at a Priory dinner which will initially be offered to our Festival Friends.
Please contact us for details of our bursary scheme for new and emerging artists