A quarter of a century of Dorset Art Weeks

HOW time flies! It is a quarter of a century since the first Dorset Art Weeks – in fact, the actual anniversary was last year. The original DAW, one of the oldest open studios in the country, was in 1992.

The biennial festival of visual arts in Dorset returns this year, from 26th May to 10th June.

The free DAW guide, with all the information on the venues and special events, is now available with a striking cover, by Tim Booth,  and a new yellow and black logo.

You will also see the logo on the studio banners welcoming you at 312 free venues, on the signs that pop-up like spring flowers, the Dorset Art Weeks website – dorsetartweeks.co.uk – and across its social media presence.

The DAW brochure is available in libraries, tourist information and arts centres, shops, B&Bs and other outlets across the South West. Artists will have a stock of copies and the prize draw postcards.

Dorset Art Weeks, which is supported by Hall & Woodhouse, and its Badger Beer label, and by Wyke Dorset Cottages, is the only county-wide Dorset festival.  Whatever your visual arts interests – furniture, pottery and ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking or textile – you will find some exciting artists and makers at work, and whatever route you follow on your DAW journey, you will also see some of Dorset’s beautiful  coast and rural landscapes.

The studios and venues all have free entry. The exception is a one-day fundraising event at the home and gardens of renowned furniture designer, and co-founder of DAW, John Makepeace, Farr’s, Beaminster, on Sunday 10th June, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Pictured: Artists, Ros Marchant, Amanda Wallwork, Jenni Cadman and Fiona Winning; artist David Marl; both photographs by Roger Sercombe; the 2018 brochure, with the cover designed by Tim Booth.