The PAW Festival

There is always something for everyone at our popular annual two-week Festival in late May/early June.

We celebrate and support visual artists working in Purbeck many of whom warmly open their studios to the public during the Festival. These Open Studios offer an opportunity to see individual artist’s work and talk to them about their ideas and techniques in their own workspace. Our collective exhibition is at Rollington Barn, near Corfe Castle. All of our participating artists are represented here, including those who do not have open studios of their own.

If you’re interested in exhibiting please look at PAW Membership.

Our wide range of Events by performing artists and talks by local experts are not to be missed. They are held at interesting and unusual venues throughout Purbeck and attract performers of international excellence such as I Fagiolini and the Gabrieli Consort. We also hold professional workshops and provide performance opportunities that support local artists and musicians to explore and develop their talents.

Ticket prices for events are kept attractive thanks to the generous support of Trusts, Foundations and Festival Friends. (See PAW Friends).


Past Brochures

The free PAW brochure contains everything a visitor needs to know about the exhibitions and Open Studios which make up the PAW fortnight. Every participating artist will have their name, phone number, email address and website address included in the brochure and most will also have an illustration of their work included too. Please have a look at some of our recent past programmes to see what we were doing.


Past Events Programmes

Every year we strive to bring you the most comprehensive Events programme possible. Please have a look at some of our recent past programmes and if you would like to receive information about our Festivals in advance please click here. If you would like to become a Friend and enjoy priority booking for our Events and for our winter series of Chamber Music in Purbeck Houses, please click here.

(In 2020 we were unable to hold our Events due to the Corvid-19 Pandemic, but do please have a look at what we had planned).