Purbeck Art Weeks 28th May to 12th June

PAW is a 2 week arts event covering venues from Lulworth Cove to Swanage and Studland. It’s one of the true highlights of the early summer for anyone visiting Dorset. The showcase venue for the Festival is Rollington Barn near Corfe Castle, where you can view the works of all the 100 artists taking part in the Festival. 

Events kick off on Saturday 28th May with the first of a European Tour of The Flowers of Peace – an evening of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan music. This is sure to be a quite extraordinary evening of entertainment from the young musicians of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music who have faced much adversity, including a suicide bomber attack last year.

During the fortnight of events you can attend illustrated talks, Dorset songs and readings, films including a 1935 version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, classical music performances, poetry readings and even a Brass Workshop (music, not metal!). You can wander through Purbeck visiting 40 different arts studios covering photography, handcrafts, paintings, textile art, sculptures and embroidery. Treat yourself to a souvenir of your stay in Purbeck from one of these studios or from Rollington Barn. There are some fantastic interpretations of our beautiful landscape, flora and fauna and you can be sure that your souvenir will become a treasured possession.

Of course, this might inspire you to make the most of your own creative talents! We have many places to stay that will give you all the inspiration you need. We even have a property which was the former home and studio of Paul Nash, the landscape and war artist: Flat 1 The Pinnacles (with its very own blue plaque to mark this claim to fame). Other properties that are bound to get your creative juices going include Conkers, with its views over Prince Albert Gardens and close to the photogenic  Swanage Pier,  the Penthouse 8 Grand View with its stunning views across Swanage Bay and Seas The Day which offers panoramic views of Swanage and the Bay across to the Isle of Wight.

If you haven’t booked a break to enjoy Purbeck Art Weeks Festival be quick and make sure you bring your paintbrushes with you!

Information and Logo courtesy of the Trustees of Purbeck Art Weeks

Nadine Evans


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