FAQs

Membership

Members must live, work or study in Purbeck. Purbeck is defined as the area of Dorset previously administered by Purbeck District Council. Have a look at our Membership Eligibility page for more information.

Membership is free and contiunous until cancelled by you, (or revoked by the PAW Trustess), so you can join anytime.

From November 2020, PAW Membership will be free and contiunous until can cancelled by you, (or revoked by the PAW Trustees). If you were a paying Member in 2020 or 2019 your Membership will automatically continue in November 2020. If your Membership lapsed before this then you will need to re-apply for Membership.

Any registered Member can exhibit with PAW.

If you are holding an Open Studio with other artists, all named Additional Artists included in the entry, must be registered Members before the application will be passed for publication.

Open Studios can also invite established artist who live outside of Purbeck to exhibit as a Guest Artist.

Applications to exhibit at Rollington and/or as an Open Studio in May/June will be open from the 1st of November until the 31st of December the year before. Late entries will not be chased and will unfortunately result in your entry not being included in the brochure.


Brochures

Every participating artist will have their name, phone number, email address and website address included in the brochure. Rollington artists will have one image and a short description. Open Studio artists will have one image per Open Studio, Additional Artist (for a fee) and Guest Artist (for a fee), and a longer description, (more words can be added for a fee).

The brochure is printed in full colour, and contains everything a visitor needs to know about the exhibitions and Open Studios which make up the PAW fortnight.

Yes, the brochure proof will be sent out to all participating artists to check before publication.

The brochure has a print run of 25,000.

Yes, once the brochure have been printed, they will be stored for collection at the Boilerhouse Gallery in Corfe Castle.


Open Studios

We generally have between 40 and 50 open studios each year. This gives our visitors a wonderful opportunity to see lots of artists at work.

Having an Open Studio enables you to show a wider breadth of your work and set it up in a way that you can show it to its best advantage.  It is also a great opportunity not just to show your work but to be able to talk about it and get feedback.

PAW visitors love to learn more about how artists work, meet the artists themselves and see work in progress. This is the aspect that makes going to an Open Studio different from going to exhibitions during the year.

And you don’t need to have a big custom built studio, it can be in a garden shed, in your home, in fact wherever you work and are happy for people to visit. You can exhibit on your own or join forces with other PAW artists and do a joint Open Studio. You can use the PAW Visual Artist Forum page on Facebook to chat to other artists who have had an Open Studio before and pick their brains for ideas and for support.

As an Open Studio you have an entry in the main PAW brochure and PAW provides you with road signs and an Open Studio banner to help you guide people to your studio.  It’s a great experience and definitely worth having a go. However, if you don’t feel ready to have an Open Studio, Rollington is a great introduction to exhibiting your art work in PAW and a way to safely test the waters.

There are three categories of Open Studio:

  • Artist Studio: a show of work in an artist’s home or studio. This can be a solo exhibition hosted by one individual artist, or other registered Members can be invited to exhibit as Additional Artists. Established artists who are ineligible to become Members may also be invited to exhibit as Guest Artists.
  • Exhibition: a show of work in a non-commercial space (barn, village hall, etc.). Additional and/or Guest Artists can also be invited to exhibit.
  • Gallery/Business: a commercial gallery, shop, pub etc. Additional and/or Guest Artists can also be invited to exhibit.

Any Open Studio may invite other registered Members to exhibit as Additional Artists. They may also invite established artists who are ineligible to become Members to exhibit as Guest Artists.

  • A Member who is having an Open Studio - a Member who is exhibiting at their home or studio in Purbeck which is not usually open to the public
  • An Exhibition Organiser - a Member who is the organiser of a solo or group exhibition in a non-commercial space, (barn, village hall, etc.)
  • A Gallery/Business - a Member that is a commercial gallery or business, (shop, pub etc.)

An Additional Artist - a Member who has been invited to exhibit either at another Member's Open Studio, at an Exhibition at a non-commercial space or at a Gallery/Business and wants the benefits of:

  • Contact details included in the brochure entry
  • A listing in the brochure index
  • One piece of work exhibited at Rollington
  • Prints and cards at Rollington

A Guest Artist - an established artist who is ineligible to become a Member but has been invited to exhibit either at a Member's Open Studio, an Exhibition at a non-commercial space or at a Gallery/Business and wants the benefits of:

  • Contact details included in the brochure entry
  • A listing in the brochure index
  • An Artist's Web Page on the Purbeck Art Weeks website
  • One piece of work exhibited at Rollington
  • Prints and cards at Rollington

Members are very welcome to exhibit as both a Rollington Artist and as an Open Studio Artist but please note that you only get one Rollington allocation per Artist. So, for example, if you are exhibiting as a Rollington Artist and as an Additional Artist, your maximum number of works for display would be 6, not 7.

If you are opening your studio, PAW will provide studio direction signs and one undated small banner to hang near your doorway. These will firstly be available to collect from the April Members Meeting, and then from Rollington Barn once it is open for setting up.


Rollington

Rollington is PAW’s collective exhibition which aims to show at least one piece of work from each of the artists taking part in the Festival. The exhibition takes place in the main Rollington Barn, which is a beautiful historic stone building, set in the idyllic countryside just outside of Corfe Castle. There is also the Purbeck Young Artists exhibition and a Pop-Up cafe on site.

2D Rollington Artists will be able to exhibit six pieces of work that will fit within a maximum hanging space of 7ft by 3ft 6ins.

3D Rollington Artists will be able to exhibit six pieces of work that will fit within a maximum exhibition space of 18in by 3ft.

Open Studio Artists may exhibit one major piece of work each.

Members are very welcome to exhibit as both a Rollington Artist and as an Open Studio Artist but please note that you only get one Rollington allocation per Artist. So, for example, if you are exhibiting as a Rollington Artist and as an Additional Artist, your maximum number of works for display would be 6, not 7.

Yes, the quantity will be dependant on available space and if space is limited priority will be given to artists that are only exhibiting at Rollington.

All Rollington artists are usually allowed 10 prints each, while Open Studio artists are usually allowed 5 prints each.

Rollington artists are usually allowed 3 rows for cards on a card carousel, 30 cards maximum, while Open Studio artists are usually allowed 2 rows for cards, 20 cards maximum.

Prints can be replenished when sold with any print from the artists list of replacement work. Cards can be replenished when sold on a like for like basis.

No, all screens, hanging, dais, print browsers and card carousels are provided. We ask that all 2D work has D rings attached in the top third of the frame.

Prices should be in whole pounds. Articles under £3, such as cards, should be priced in multiples of 50p.

Flyers can be displayed with your cards for sale in your allocated card carousel space.

We do not have space to display business cards or other advertising literature anymore, but all your contact details will be available to visitors in the brochure.

We ask all exhibiting artists to write a short statement, 200 words max, which tells the visitor a little bit about them and their art. This statement is then used on the artist pages on our main website and is printed out and displayed by the artists work at Rollington.

All labels should state your name, title of work, medium and price.

2D artists should use card luggage labels and tie them on to the D-rings of pictures with string long enough for the label to be read when the work is hung. This makes the hanging and the placing of PAW labels easier and the luggage labels are then tucked behind the work when it has been hung.

Prints should have sticky labels stuck on their cellophane wrapping or on the backs of the prints, with name, title of work and price.

Most greetings card will have the name of the artist and price printed on the back. If not, use a sticky label on the wrapping.

3D artists should attach labels securely by whatever is appropriate to the work. e.g. for sculpture use a luggage label on string round the sculpture so that we can easily see your name, title of work, medium and price.

We put rugs, blankets and plastic sheets on the floor around the walls for 2D work.

We ask you to unwrap your own pottery and sculpture and place it on one of the plinths / dias where you work will be exhibited.

Prints, cards and flyers should be handed in to a steward on handing in day to be immediately put on display.

Hanging starts on the Wednesday afternoon after hand in and continues on Thursday, (and possibly Friday), from 10am. You are very welcome to come and help with this.

We welcome large works, (1m by 1m +), to be hung high up at Rollington. These, even if in addition to your space allocation, will be free. Please note that acceptance of work of any kind at Rollington is subject to space availability.

Once the Festival begins you can check for any sales on your Rollington Exhibition Sheet on this website. The sales will be updated daily.

We encourage artists to replace sold work as soon as they know it has sold as this gives them more sales opportunities and helps to keep the Rollington exhibition alive and interesting. Replenished work must be recorded on your individual Replenished work sheet so that we can keep track of stock. Replenishments will not be listed on the website unless sold.

To safeguard our work and to manage and ensure the safety of visitors to the exhibition at Rollington we always need a minimum of two Stewards, (three during busy periods), and one Recorder. Recorders are responsible for recording sales, taking payments using cash and the credit card reader and totalling monies at the end of each session.

All Members whose names appear in the brochure are required to be stewards during the Festival. Rollington exhibitors are required to steward a minimum of two half day sessions, while Open Studio exhibitors are required to steward at least one half day session.

We recognise that this can be a significant problem for some Members who are opening their studios. Assistance in the two weeks before the opening to help to prepare Rollington for the exhibition, or help to run the Purbeck Young Artist Celebration event or during the Private View can count as your contribution.

Alternatively you may be able to arrange for another Member to take your place on the rota, or you may ask some other responsible adult to take your place. If you decide to do this you must obtain the prior permission of the Rollington Manager.

Stewarding sessions run from 10am to 1.30pm and from 1.30pm until 5pm. At weekends and on Bank Holidays there is an additional split shift from 11am to 3pm to cover the busiest time of the day. Please arrive 10 minutes before your session starts i.e. 9.50am, 10.50am or 1.20pm.

Read the Stewards’ notes, (which are sent to you when you sign-up for a stewarding session), to get yourself familiar with what is expected of you during the day. There will be Recorders who have been specifically designated to be responsible for recording all sales, so you are free to talk to visitors about the art on display, artists’ statements, the Rollington Survey, upcoming events and generally help to promote the rest of PAW.

You will be responsible for directing the customers to the sales desk and also for ensuring that the artwork is wrapped after it has been purchased. Please wrap pieces carefully. Bubble wrap etc. is available.

Each visitor selects a counter, the colour of which corresponds to where they have come from e.g. Purbeck = blue, Poole/Bournemouth = red, Dorset = green and Further Afield = white. They then drop the counter in the jar corresponding to where they heard about the Rollington exhibition e.g. Brochure, Road Signs, Word of Mouth, Previous visitor etc. This information is really important to help us to learn more about our visitors and to be able to target our publicity more effectively.

The barn is locked at night and there are at least two Stewards on duty at all times, but you are responsible for insuring all works that you, and any other Members at your studio, hand in for exhibition.

We all do our best to look after all works but please note PAW cannot take responsibility for theft, loss or damage however it is caused. We, as individual members, are all a part of PAW, taking shared responsibility for the work on display and the smooth running of the exhibition.

All artists exhibiting at Rollington, or as part of an Open Studio will receive e-invitations to the Rollington Private View.


Everything Else

Unless you tell us otherwise we will assume we can use your brochure and website images as well as images from photographs taken at Rollington, which will include work on display there, for general publicity.

All work exhibited, particularly at Rollington, must be suitable for viewing by children. The decision of the Visual Arts Group on this, and on any other exhibition issue, is final.