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PAW 2020 was different ……. although we were not able to hold the PAW Festival this year, we offered visitors to our website as much of a ‘virtual’ PAW as we could, and still do!

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.

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 went 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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2 weeks ago

Purbeck Art Weeks

Something to look forward to when lockdown ends: PAW artists Jane Elmer-Smith and Aline Johnson are having an Open House sale from 4th-6th December. Please contact Jane to arrange an appointment (details are on the flyer) and please remember to wear your face-covering.

Please note that the event will be postponed if lockdown continues past 2nd December.

#PAW2021 #purbeckartweeksfestival #ceramics #cyanotype #earthenware

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1 month ago

Purbeck Art Weeks

Andy Knill, Swanage-based PAW artist, is the current 'Artist in Residence' at Knoll House Hotel, Studland. A curation of colour and line drawings, Andy Knill Art's work is currently displayed in the wardroom and lounges at the hotel, and will be available to view and until the end of October. All pieces are individually priced.

#purbeckartweeksfestival #swanageartist #landscapeart #knollhouse #artistinresidence

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2 months ago

Purbeck Art Weeks

PAW artist, Paul Barron, is taking part in an online exhibition called 'The Big Pause: Reflections of Lockdown'. The collection of work features lockdown-inspired pictures and is available to view online until the 19th October. Many of the works are for sale, with 25% of each sale being donated to their chosen charity. ...

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