Behind the Doors at PAW

Although the two week festival is the highlight of the PAW year, connected activities continue throughout the year. Under the inspirational guidance of Dawn Newlove, three local primary schools (Corfe, Wareham and Stoborough )  created a wildlife frieze as part of the regeneration of Wareham Library garden. The art group at the Purbeck Centre was also involved. Ceramic birds, plants and flowers were shaped and decorated by enthusiastic youngsters – joyfully conjuring up the different sorts of wildlife that might be seen in and around the area. The frieze was ‘unveiled’ by the Mayor of Wareham on Wednesday July 19th.Some of the pupils were there and showed great excitement when they spotted their piece of work which they had not seen since the coloured firing stage.

Purbeck is a land of colour and light, and the art from its young people and from across the community celebrates these qualities. Such inspiring collaborative projects could not happen without generous local sponsorship, for which PAW is most grateful.


The open studios continued until Sunday June 10th with a last chance for visitors to get that privileged glimpse of PAW artists in their own environment, their work displayed in gardens,studios, galleries,cafes,workshops and living rooms. We would like to thank everyone who followed the trail of signs and flags to seek out the delights of Purbeck Art Weeks.

Our final evening concert for Purbeck Art Weeks 2017 was ‘Timeless English Music’ brought to us by The Gabrieli Consort, directed by Paul McCreesh . Performed in St. Lady Mary Church, Wareham, even during rehearsal the music was absolutely captivating as the pure voices carried beautifully throughout the Saxon church and out into the still summer air.


Art is for everyone and it’s been great to see  children at the exhibitions  by our PAW artists and Purbeck Young Artists. Several venues, including Rollington, have refreshments for those exploring the trail. The PAW President and his wife came to visit earlier in the week to see how much effort has gone into the Festival.

Moving in Time

Rehearsals and the final run through at the Mowlem Theatre for the dance event, Moving in Time.  Sketches  are by Charlie Money from the artists sketching session during the rehearsal.

Week two of the Open Studios, there are plenty to seek out with artists waiting to meet and greet and discuss their skill, inspiration and technique.

Rehearsal  by I Fagiolini of Orfeo by Monteverdi : at Lady St. Mary Church, Wareham on Saturday.

Workshop with the Atea Wind Quintet at St James Church, Kingston:

PAW artists were sketching as the musicians held a morning workshop, prior to their evening performance on Friday.

It has been a busy week so far at our many PAW venues. Rollington Barn is open for business along with our other exhibition spaces and our artists are standing by at their open studios to talk to you about their art. Some are demonstrating their skills so it is well worth seeking them out by using our map in the booklet and don’t forget to look out for the shop windows.



Our first visit behind the doors at PAW is to Rollington Barn where we have been very busy over the past few weeks! Firstly the barn has to be cleaned, prepared and set up and then our artists begin bringing in their work for display. The work is then hung and labelled before our private view.

Setting Up:

Rollington Private View:

Purbeck Young Artists :