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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.

Long standing members of WPCC, 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 as inspired the project, the book was written in 2010 by HRH the Prince of Wales with Tony Juniper and Ian Skelly.

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 and a specialist artist to work with the children on artwork which 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 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”.

 Matthew Rimmer, Principal at Pengillys said “We are thrilled to be involved in this creative project with Damers First School and Open for Art.  Established in Poundbury in 2005, we were one of the first businesses to open our doors here in Poundbury.  Our Poundbury office is located at Challacombe House in Beechwood Square, where the team has continued to offer expert legal advice across all practice areas over the past thirteen years.  We are all really looking forward to being part of this event.”

On Friday 17th May 2019, the children from Damers First School will parade through the streets of Poundbury to celebrate the opening of Open for Art and their exhibition at the Dorset Creative Arts Centre.

Judy Tate, local artist based in Poundbury said “It is incredible to think that from fields over 25 years ago the community of Poundbury is now ready to put on an art trail of 19 venues brought together by local artists.  A feast of creativity is on offer – with 19 venues and more than 60 artists including private studios, the Duchy Farmhouse taking part.”

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

For more information about Pengillys please visit or telephone 01305 768888.

Photo :  Judy Tate, Open for Art,  Edd Moore, Damers First School and Matthew Rimmer of Pengillys.  Photo supplied by Pengillys

Paul Appleby
Author: Paul Appleby