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April 10 2018 

Celebrate the arts across Purbeck with PAW 

Purbeck’s painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewellers, photographers and more are opening their studios for you to explore during Purbeck Art Weeks Festival May 26 – June 10. In the evenings inspiring concerts, talks and workshops are on offer for all tastes and ages.  PAW’s collective exhibition at Rollington Barn (near Corfe Castle) is the best place to start; here you will get a taster of the work of over 100 participating PAW artists. The delightful courtyard café offers coffee and cakes or a light lunch and is a good place to plan your Open Studio visits.  While you are there do pop into the byre and enjoy the show of artwork made by Purbeck Young Artist’s from 17 schools across Purbeck.

Alongside the visual arts is a rich programme of music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, from Italy to England.  The Festival opens with the Gabrieli Consort who return with Visions and Mystics’ – showcasing choral masterpieces from the 20th Century (May 26th) and I Fagiolini perform Monteverdi’s Other Vespers (June 2nd) – not to be missed. For something a bit different there is Purbeck Island Discs with Lord (Jim) O’Neill and the broadcaster Jon Snow (May 27th),  Unveiling Brass Mysteries – a talk by Tim Arnold the ex Chief Instructor Royal Military School of Music (May 31st), or  the Swanage Jazz Machine’s gig  (June 8th ). The final concert (June 9th) welcomes back the award-winning Fieri Consort with a superb programme of madrigals. And there’s more of everything – music, film, community events and workshops.  Do book your tickets in good time to avoid disappointment.

Purbeck Art Weeks is great fun and involves the whole community.  Have a go at sketching in the PAW Sketching Tent in an area called ‘The Grip’ in the RSPB reserve at Arne  (during the first week only)!  Look out for the stone carved ‘wave’ panels along the path overlooking Swanage Pier.  Drop in to Wareham Library garden and enjoy the community murals. Remember to pick up a competition postcard – you could win a £250 voucher for art of your choice!  And show your support to the local shops by voting for your favourite window display on the Festival theme of ‘Movement’.


March 5 2018

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival runs from May 26th to  June 10th and is a joyful celebration of arts for all. Painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewellers, photographers and more open their studios across Purbeck for visitors to explore.  A full programme of fabulous concerts, talks and workshops is on offer for all tastes and ages. PAW’s collective exhibition at Rollington Barn (near Corfe Castle) is a good place to start your art trail – it provides a taster of the work of over 100 participating PAW artists. You will also find a delightful courtyard café where you can treat yourself to coffee and cakes or a light lunch, and an exhibition of the imaginative results of PAW young artist’s workshops from 17 schools across Purbeck.

The  programme of events includes glorious music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, from Italy to England, and much in between. The Festival opens with the Gabrieli Consort who return with Visions and Mystics’ – showcasing choral masterpieces from the 20th Century with the involvement of local singers, and brass from the Swanage and Wareham Town Bands (May 26th 6.30pm, Lady St Mary Church, Wareham). For something a bit different there is Purbeck Island Discs with Lord (Jim) O’Neill and the broadcaster Jon Snow (May 27th), Unravelling Brass Mysteries – a talk by local expert Tim Arnold, the ex Chief Instructor Royal Military School of Music (May 31), or go along to the Swanage Jazz Machine’s gig  on June 8th) – and there’s more, including a film, community events and workshops! The final concert (June 9th) welcomes back the award-winning Fieri Consort with a superb programme of English madrigals. Do book your tickets in good time to avoid disappointment.

For more details and to book tickets please go to www.purbeckartweeks.co.uk – or pick up a free Festival Brochure or Events Programme (£2) available in shops and other outlets throughout Purbeck.