In the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it was promised that London 2012 would be “Everyone’s Games”, no matter where they are from or what they believe in; they will speak out particularly to young people and create opportunities to give everyone across the UK, both young and old, the chance to get involved.

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) has been getting involved in the Cultural Olympiad through a number of initiatives involving a cross-selection of our students through the Regional Educational Legacy for Arts and Youth Sport (RELAYS) project. RELAYS is an innovative and ambitious project delivered through universities and cultural organisations in the south west of England. It aims to inspire young people and their communities to participate in, create and promote cultural and sporting activities; engaging the region with the London 2012 Games and creating a lasting legacy beyond 2012. The project is funded by the Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

RELAYS focuses on three main areas of engagement – sport, culture and business. To date (January 2012) the RELAYS project has held 1,151 events, engaged 73,176 young people, attracted 332,245 audience members, recruited 5,837 volunteers and worked with 1,513 businesses.

Since 2009 a RELAYS Cultural Coordinator has been based at Arts University Bournemouth, working to inspire young people in the arts through projects and events. This role also involves working with University students to develop volunteering roles which aims to upskill them in a variety a ways. Students may be interested in going into teaching or becoming community based arts practitioners and working alongside RELAYS projects has enabled them to gain further experience and develop generic leadership skills to take forward into their careers.

Working alongside many different organisations and partners, the following projects and events have been carried out either at the AUB, with Dorset schools or within the community.


 Feb – May 2009: Lyme Regis Film Project
May 2009: Evolution Rocks (Lyme Regis Fossil Festival)
June 2009: Dorset Festival of Arts and Culture
July 2009: Moving Tides Children’s Procession, Weymouth
Dec 2009: URBANISE Street Sports and Arts Festival, Bridport
Mar 2010: Re:Bourne Arts and Culture Festival, Bournemouth
Mar 2010: 1908 Games Media Bus Project, AUB campus
Mar – June 2010: Re:View Photography Project, Bournemouth
Apr 2010: Boscombe Spa Village Celebration Day
Apr 2010: Time for Heroes, Bournemouth
May 2010: Dead? And Alive (Lyme Regis Fossil Festival)
June 2010: Re:Vision Graffiti Project, Lyme Regis
July 2010: URBANISE Street Sports and Arts Festival, Purbeck
Nov 2010: UNIVERSITIES SOUTH WEST/RELAYS Cultural Volunteer of the Year (awarded to AUB student)
Jan – June 2011: Re:View Photography Project
Mar 2011: Year 5 Crazy Olympics Animation Project, AUB campus
Mar 2011: URBANISE Street Sports and Arts Festival, Bournemouth
Apr – May 2011: Marine Parade (Lyme Regis Fossil Festival)
 May 2011:  Art of Sport Festival, Weymouth
May – Present: Re:View Exhibition on Bournemouth Pier
July 2011: Moving Tides Children’s Procession, Weymouth
Nov 2011: UNIVERSITIES SOUTH WEST/RELAYS Cultural Volunteer of the Year (awarded to AUB student)


For further information about the RELAYS project contact Jo Gardner, RELAYS Cultural Coordinator, AUB on email: or visit