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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Lesley Jane Wakefield - a Purbeck Painter

Our latest guest artist to join the yard is the talented Lesley Jane Wakefield. Lesley will be joining us until the start of Purbeck Art Weeks so be sure to pop over and see her work soon....

Inspired by the Jurassic coast and now living in the Purbeck’s , Lesley Jane has been painting for over 30 years, She likes no rules or restrictions in painting .. preferring mixed media to portray seascapes utilising sand, sea water and frankly anything to hand! Lesley Jane has a background in nursing and midwifery and worked in Africa in the 8Os the African light and vibrancy helped her to see her art in a new light ... She us a member of Brave art Art group in Poole and had taken part in exhibitions on Derbyshire , Devon and Dorset.

Town Farm Workshop - Latest guests to join the yard

Operating as a social enterprise, Town Farm Workshop producers are adults with learning disabilities and mental health conditions. The workshop is located within a small business development in North Dorset. It is an environment that promotes a work-focused attitude within the community. The income from each item sold is halved- 50% is given straight to the artist and the remaining half is paid back into the enterprise for materials and equipment. The artists have a wide range of age and ability and enjoy these activities with support from tutors, staff and volunteers.
Weaving is carried out on floor and table looms, using a wide variety of yarns which are donated or sourced as locally as possible. The results of this are a developing interest in colour, texture and pattern.The ceramic items demonstrate a variety of techniques including coil building and slab building, finished off with hand modelling, while some are made on a potter’s wheel and all fired in the workshop’s kiln. The group experiment with decoration using slips, under glazes, oxides and glazes with great results. Leather crafters are supported to make a variety of items including belts, purses and bags, using stitching, cutting and dying skills.

Town Farm Workshop will be exhibiting with us until Purbeck Art Weeks so make sure you pop in and see their fantastic array of work soon!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

New Guest Artist coming to the yard - photographer Clare Western

Exhibiting with us here at the yard from the 25th May until the end of June is the talented, local photographer Clare Western...

'Through the medium of photography, my contemporary images reflect the natural shapes and patterns that are the “Essence of Purbeck”.'

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Meet the Artists!

Over the Easter weekend we'll be holding our 'Meet the Artists' for the second year running. The event will run from Good Friday to Easter Monday with demos, workshops and activities across all 4 days.

Make sure you check out our Facebook page for more details of the various workshops and opportunities to meet some of our incredible resident artists and makers.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Delicious Bits!

Another day, another meet the maker! This is another of our lovely guest artists, Sarah from Deliciousbits Jewellery & Cards! She is looking very happy with her beautiful cabinet of handmade clay jewellery, which you can find at the top of the stairs, and we are very happy to have her! Lots of lovely unique pieces perfect for small Christmas presents!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Tracey D Whalley comes to the yard...

Dorset based artist Tracey is one of our latest guest artists and we are so pleased to have her beautiful work here. 

Like many of our artisans, living in the beautiful Dorset countryside and near to the coastline has inspired Tracey to paint the sea, boats, fish, animals and the ever-changing seasons.

We have some of her beautiful prints, paintings and cards on display and for sale here at the artisan yard. Do come and have a look!

You can find out more about Tracey and h
er stunning paintings on her website 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

New Workshops coming to the yard!

Caroline from Kezmee Glass Art is now running workshops here at the yard....

Come and learn the ‘copper foiling technique’ - design, cut, foil & solder your own glass sun-catcher using these tools.

£45 including materials 

Small fun workshops of only 4 people, for all abilities... come and create a bespoke piece. No experience necessary, all materials supplied.
At the Purbeck Artisan Yard

Mon 23rd July ~ 9:30-1pm & 2pm- 5:30pm
Wed 25th July ~ 9:30-1pm & 2pm- 5:30pm
Mon 20th Aug ~ 12:30- 4pm & 5:30- 9pm
Tues 21st Aug ~ 9:30-1pm & 2pm- 5:30pm
Tue 4th Sept ~ 9:30-1pm & 2pm- 5:30pm
Thur 13th Sept ~ 9:30-1pm & 2pm- 5:30pm

Please email Caroline at to book your place

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