About PAW

PAW offers year round arts activities and provides a support network for its artists across Purbeck. We hold our annual visual and performing PAW Festival once a year in late May/early June.

“The Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW) Festival celebrates art in all its various forms. It seeks to inspire and support visual and performing artists to achieve their potential, involves people from across the community and encourages everyone to participate and to enjoy a wide range of arts.”

Young People and PAW

  • PAW supports young people by running exciting workshops in local schools, as part of our Purbeck Young Artists Scheme. These are led by experienced art educators and supported by a range of valued local funders
  • During the Festival the imaginative work created by some of the 500 young people who have participated in our schools art competition, is on display at Rollington Barn and other venues

Chamber Music in Purbeck Homes

  • Our series of Chamber Music in Purbeck Homes, such as Smedmore House and Creech Grange, is part of our winter programme. By becoming a Friend you are entitled to priority booking for these very special evenings

Community Art Projects

  • Working in the community brings people together. Swanage, seafront boasts a Tree of Life, a smiling dinosaur, and swirling fish created by people from across the Purbeck community. We have created three murals as part of the Wareham Library Garden regeneration project and helped to fund a Sea Life Bench in Swanage
  • Older people and those with special needs can get involved in being creative too, and a special Colourful Partnership event during the Festival celebrates their achievements

Art Workshops by PAW members

  • A variety of workshops for all, run by PAW artists, take place throughout the year. These are informative, explorative and practical, as well as loads of fun!

PAW Partnerships

  • Our partnership with RSPB Arne has been running for a number of year now. It has proved to be a beneficial and exciting collaboration with regular exhibitions throughout the year in the RSPB’s café

Visual Artists Forum

  • The Visual Artists Forum (VAF) helps artists to network and exchange ideas


  • If you want to develop a career in visual and performing arts, PAW could be your launch pad
  • PAW Bursaries are awarded to those with exceptional talent who want to take the next step. (See PAW Bursaries)

Become a Friend and you can help fund our work as well as enjoy priority bookings and regular updates of events. (See PAW Friends)