Welcome to PAW

We are delighted to be going ahead with PAW Festival this year, but in a different way.  It will now happen in two parts, with five Festival concerts in the second week of August, followed in September by our celebration of the visual arts with Open Studios and exhibitions.

The new dates for your diaries are:

August 7th – 21st, for our five concerts with some star performers. You can view the full programme HERE

September 11th – 26th for our Open Studios, illustrated talks and collective exhibition at Rollington Barn.

We look forward to welcoming you all to PAW – we’ve missed you!

The PAW Festival team, including all our volunteers, performers and artists would like to thank you for your patience and understanding, as we work out how best to bring you the live music and arts we have all missed so much!

Keep an eye on our Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW) Facebook and keep up to date on our artists, events and PAW news. If you would like to join our mailing list for updates, particularly for events, please join our mailing list via the form on our Contact Us page.

Please enjoy browsing through our Artists. Some are regular exhibitors and some are new to PAW, have a look at what they have been creating, and follow up on their websites if you’d like to see even more of their work.

Take care everyone and please keep in touch.

Our Theme Competition Gallery:

Every year we invite PAW artists to enter their work into a theme competition – for the selection of three winning images for the front of our Festival Brochure, Events Programme and posters. The theme for 2020 was ‘Changing Seasons’, which has morphed very naturally into ‘Renewal’ for PAW 2021!  We hope you enjoy some of the entries shown here.

Our Latest News from Facebook:


3 days ago

For a little taster of this year's events, starting 7th August, visit our website and enjoy the 'musical snippets' that have recently been added. Go to loom.ly/1WmoXek to listen and watch, and don't forget to buy your tickets to make sure you're there to see live music return to Purbeck.#PAW2021Events #PAW2021 #PurbeckArtWeeksFestival #Livemusicisback #purbecklivemusic ...
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6 days ago

PAW2021 artist Anne Reynolds says, 'Having studied Contemporary Textile Practice in Cardiff as a mature student in my 40s, I worked for a number of years as a freelance designer in digital design for retail visual display – highlights including windows and in-store for Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, Birmingham and Leeds – and specialised in hand-made rug design, collaborating with manufacturers in the UK, India and Nepal, along with textile design for fabric, digital photography, wall art and greetings cards.I returned to Dorset in 2008, where I had grown up, to care for my parents in their last years, after which I became bed-bound with ME/CFS for a number of years, and my creative work was put aside. However, some of the time, I managed to keep stitching abstract needlepoints pieces and I have now made some of these stitchings into framed pieces.I play with colour and shape, balance and harmony. How things do or don’t work together, according to my inner eye, is what plays with my curiosity. They become a dialogue between myself and the viewer and listener. And as my health improves, slowly but surely, this is for me a welcome but tentative return to sharing some of my creativity.'To find out more, please visit our website: www.purbeckartweeksfestival.co.uk#PAW2021 #purbeckartweeksfestival #purbeckartist #textiles ...
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1 week ago

Andrew Thomas is a professional sculptural artist based in Wareham, Dorset, UK, with a lifelong career in the arts, spanning back over the past 30 plus years. During this time he has exhibited in the UK’s most prestigious events, against many of the Great Masters of art and contemporaries of our time. His innovative style reflects his visionary creativity and technical distinction, which is has won numerous top international awards and can be found in collections worldwide. @andrewthomas_visionaryartist is also a published author with his own title and over 80 international publications since 1994.You can see more of Andrews for work at his Open Studio. For further details, please visit our website, www.purbeckartweeksfestival.co.uk#PAW2021 #sculpture #purbeckartist #localartist #purbeckartweeksfestival ...
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