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PAW 2020 will be different ……. although we are not able to hold the PAW Festival this year (May 23 – June 7), we are offering visitors to our website as much of a ‘virtual’ PAW as we can!

If you would have enjoyed exploring our artists’ Open Studios and exhibitions,  we would like to encourage you to browse through and enjoy the work of our artists on this website. Click here to explore the artists’ Open Studios and Rollington exhibitors, enjoy our Brochure and Events Programme.  Some of the artists are regular exhibitors and some are new to PAW, have a look at what they have been creating, and follow up on their websites to see even more of their work. You might even fall in love with some art and buy it directly from the artist!

Our ART4ACTION ONLINE AUCTION took place on Sunday 14th June, and we are delighted that a total of £8,828.00 was raised, of which 25% (£2,207.00) has been donated to the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund, with 60% going to the artists.  We would like to thank all those taking part, including our PAW artists, for their enthusiasm and generosity in making this new ‘lockdown’ venture such a success.  Please click here if you would like to view the auction catalogue.

If you were looking forward to our events, we hope you will enjoy the series of virtual concerts that we and the musicians have created for you on this website – click here to go to Virtual Events. These concerts reflect what would have been performed during the Festival, and will go live on the day when the event would have happened – starting on May 23. In some cases we have included art works by our artists to enliven the music sequences.

The first sequence features Sestina (led by counter-tenor Mark Chambers) with violinist Rachel Podger – just click on Virtual Events and hear what they have to offer.

Keep an eye on our PAW Facebook as we bring you profiles of our artists and their work, and more clips of the music you would have heard.

The PAW team, including all our volunteers, and our performers and artists are now looking forward with determination and optimism to a great PAW 2021 (May 29 – June 13).

Take care everyone and please keep in touch.

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Purbeck Art Weeks

@seasons.green we have a gorgeous selection of gifts, art and crafts, much of which is locally made. Our featured artists are:

Matt Adkins, whose stunning work features ammonites and seascapes inspired by the Dorset coast. These are skilfully created in (sometimes highly textured) glass and presented as framed pictures, bowls, coasters and plaques.

And Eleanor Spalding, with a new series of expressive and exhilarating plein air drawings, beautifully evoking the atmosphere of the Dorset landscape.

To see more from Seasons Green, and for work from our other artists, please visit www.purbeckartweeksfestival.co.uk

#purbeckartweeksfestival #art #purbeck #painting #

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Following the cancellation of this year’s Dorset Art Weeks, over 80 artists present their works in an online auction which opens for bidding on 7 July. Featuring over 200 items, covering paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, mixed media, furniture and stoneware, the auction will be held in conjunction with The Auction Hub and Dorset Visual Arts.

The Auction Hub founder, James Harvey, says, ‘We are delighted to present this online auction, showcasing the incredible talent from the county, to local, national and international audiences. The sheer range of items on offer will attract and delight many bidders and buyers during these exceptional times’.

Kate Madden, Dorset Art Weeks Event Producer, says, ‘I find it overwhelming that in spite of being so affected by the cancellation of teaching, courses and exhibitions – and with just a few days’ notice – our artists have responded so enthusiastically to be part of this auction devised by The Auction Hub. It demonstrates a strong and deep connection to this well-loved biennial event’.

Visit: www.theauctionhub.uk/daw - for the auction itself, and for all auction-related information.

Bidding opens on Tuesday 7 July and closes on Sunday 19 July

#onlineauction #dorsetartweeks2020

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Robin has been working in silver for over 25 years starting with evening classes at South Hill Park in Berkshire and then moving to Reading College under Janet Richardson.

He was been much involved with the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival and now helps run Purbeck Artists and Stallholders (PASH) held at Worth Matravers Village Hall for 5 weeks each Summer and for a week just before Christmas. He demonstrates during PAW at the Purbeck Makers Market (PMM) held at the Burngate Stone Carving Centre during PAW, and also at Easter and in October each year.

Robin works mainly in sterling silver employing simple, yet strong, design lines accentuating the liquid qualities of silver and its reflectivity. He employs a range of forging techniques in his work as well as a number of surface texturing processes.

To see more from Robin Claridge, and for work from our other artists, please visit www.purbeckartweeksfestival.co.uk

#purbeckartweeksfestival #art #purbeck #jewellery #silver

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