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Pengillys sponsor Damers First and the Open for Art Exhibition

Open for Art takes place every 2 years and in 2019 the festival will take place between 18th May and 2 June in South Dorset.   Local studios will be exhibiting a wide range of art created by talented local artists in Poundbury.

Pengillys, Solicitors have offices in Weymouth and Poundbury and have agreed to support a new arts project currently underway at Damers First School.  The book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World has inspired the project, the book was written in 2010 by HRH the Prince of Wales with Tony Juniper and Ian Skelly.

Matthew Rimmer, Principal at Pengillys said “I have been so impressed with the talented students at Damers First School.  They have worked so hard to develop the designs for the tiles and then to come together to create a piece of wonderful art.  We are thrilled to be involved in this creative project with Damers First School and Open for Art and we are looking forward to the exhibition”.

Edd Moore, Year 3 Teacher and Eco Coordinator at Damers First School said “Damers First School staff and children really appreciate the support of Pengillys in helping to fund art resources for the whole school and Des Alner a specialist ceramic artist to work with the children in Year 3 to make Islamic tiles. All the children’s work will be displayed at the Dorset Creative Art Centre during Open for Art in Poundbury from 18 May – 2 June 2019.  Open for Art will give our children a platform to show off their art skills and what they have learned over the last few months.  Mr Moore went on to say Damers First School has been focusing on the Harmony Curriculum based on HRH Prince Charles’ book, “A New Way of Looking at our World”. We have started to embed Harmony within the curriculum by looking at and using Nature’s Seven Principles. These principles will be used within art work focusing on geometry related to wildlife, bees, marine wildlife, life cycles, vegetables and fruit grown in our school garden.”

On Friday 17th May 2019, the children from Damers First School will exhibit the artwork at the Dorset Creative Arts Centre.  Students, parents, teachers and governors have been invited to the event where each class with be presented with book tokens by the representatives of Pengillys.

Judy Tate, local artist based in Poundbury said   “Open for Art is a true feast of creativity with 19 venues and more than 60 artists taking part including private studios and the Duchy Farmhouse.  The involvement of Damers really turns Open for Art into a true community event so we are delighted that they could all the children have participated and be able to share this work with a wider audience”.

Open for Art trail maps will be available on the Open for Art website.   For further information please contact Jude Tate on ju*******@ma*.com or visit

Paul Appleby
Author: Paul Appleby