Community Art

We are passionate about supporting art made by people of all ages in the community. Projects that you might like to visit include: The Wareham Library Garden murals, The Sea Life Stone Bench alongside the garden path overlooking Swanage pier and the stone obelisk outside Burngate Stone Carving Centre. And don’t miss the three ceramic murals on Swanage sea front.


Wareham Library Garden Regeneration Project

In 2018, under the inspirational guidance of Dawn Newlove, Wareham Primary School and the Purbeck Centre have been making a ceramic Story Book Mural to adorn an otherwise blank wall in the refurbished garden of Wareham Library. Young people have painted tiles with scenes/characters from their favourite childhood stories . . . . such a suitable theme for a library garden! Do go and admire their work and the creativity of everyone involved.

In 2017, three local schools made a wide range of clay creatures, birds, plants and flowers as part of a Wildlife Frieze that was hung on the wall in the newly refurbished Wareham Library Garden.

In 2013 we helped to create the Community Tree of Life and Laughter.


Swanage Sea Life Bench Project

Carlotta Barrow has been leading the Swanage Sea Life Bench project, inspired by the constant movement of the sea and the life beneath the waves. Stone panels have been prepared with a crest of a wave carved on the top to evoke the rolling waters, with pupils from The Swanage School, led by art teacher Sarah Mulhern developing their designs and carving the panels at the Burngate Stone Carving Centre. We are grateful to Lovell’s Quarry for providing the pre-cut stone panels, to Scott Taylor for carving the waves, and to the Albion Quarry for providing ‘practice’ stone as well as various sponsors – notably the AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The completed panels will be placed alongside the garden path overlooking Swanage pier.

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