New sponsor for fortnight of art across Purbeck

Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW) is gearing up for its annual summer festival and the brochure for 2024 will feature the striking work of a Swanage artist.

The two weeks of art, music and events, which will take place from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 9th June 2024, is to be sponsored by The Lulworth Estate in Dorset, privately owned by James Weld.

Art work at Purbeck Art Weeks at Rollington Barn

Young artists get to exhibit at Rollington Barn

“Celebrate the diversity and vitality of our creative community”

Rollington Barn, near Corfe Castle, will serve as a bustling hub throughout the festival, hosting PAW’s collective exhibition, featuring eight new artists – alongside artwork created by young people involved in the Purbeck Young Artists programme.

Chair of PAW Charlotte Heath said:

“We’re delighted to announce that The Lulworth Estate will be the main sponsor of this year’s festival.

“This support also allows us to continue to grow our Purbeck Young Artists project, offering young people free workshops in their schools.

“We’re looking forward to seeing their artwork at Rollington Barn as part of this year’s festival and creating many unforgettable moments that celebrate the diversity and vitality of our creative community.”

James Weld from The Lulworth Estate added:

“We are delighted for Lulworth to be involved in fostering the wealth of artistic talent we have in Purbeck and we hope that our contribution will help to encourage many more, particularly the young, to take the opportunity of the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival to show everyone what they can achieve.”

Purbeck art works brochure 2024

Front cover of the 2024 brochure featuring the work of Swanage-based artist Mon Hawley

Swanage artist wins top honour

Alongside the central exhibition at Rollington Barn, painters, sculptors, textile artists, metalworkers, glass artists, woodworkers and ceramicists will throw open their studio doors to welcome visitors.

One artist is Swanage-based artist Mon Hawley, whose artwork has been chosen for this year’s brochure cover.

The brochure with the picture called Dorset Bay will be available from mid-April 2024, with all the locations of the open studios and details of the artists taking part.

There will also be the timetable for the pop up studios in the courtyard at Rollington Barn offering free daily demonstrations, workshops, and talks by PAW artists from 11 am to 3.30 pm.

The festival also comes alive in the evening with a series of music concerts and other events.

The music programme includes performances by renowned ensembles and musicians such as Gawain Glenton, I Fagiolini, the Fieri Consort, Helen Charlston and Toby Carr and the vocal ensemble The Gesualdo Six.

Additionally, sculptor Philip Jackson, PAW’s president, will be speaking on The Changing Face of Beauty and The Purbeck Poets will be back for their open mic poetry night.

Artworjk at Purbeck Art Weeks at Rollington Barn

Rollington Barn near Corfe Castle features a variety of art forms

“Celebrate creativity in all its forms”

Purbeck Art Weeks’ director of comms Laurel Hart said:

“We are thrilled to unveil the diverse lineup of concerts, events, and experiences awaiting visitors at PAW 2024. There really is something for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate creativity in all its forms.

“We’re excited to share that a remarkable 24 foot high Water Bottle Tree – made by Purbeck-based sculptor Robert Marshall – will be making an appearance at various secret locations across the two weeks, with a strong message on environmental awareness.”

Further information

  • Information and tickets for all events and concerts will be available on the PAW website

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