TheGallery is a major resource for contemporary art and design in the South of England. Many of the exhibitions and artist commissions that have been produced within the space since its opening in 1998 have received both national and international recognition.

We deliver an exciting and cultivated portfolio of exhibitions, including those that have toured internationally; events; panel discussions; and commissioned projects building upon the creative collaboration between the Arts University Bournemouth and industry. We seek to enhance the cultural capital of the students, staff and alumni whilst providing a public platform for the arts within the region.

Our series of text+work publications promote a forum for challenging dialogue between innovative contemporary art, design and media practice, and their theoretical context. text+work is the concept which underpins our exhibition programme, creative events and commissioned projects within the University. The concept furthers the scholarship and research agenda of the University through published texts of research activity. It is a valuable resource for the University and is integrated into its teaching, learning and research outputs.

Gallery Spaces

TheGallery is comprised of four exhibition spaces located in AUB’s North Building, plus an additional space off-site in Bournemouth:

On Campus
Main Gallery (Upper and Lower Gallery)
Northwest Gallery
Live Project Space

WestBeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth

In addition to our permanent spaces, we host a number of projects and events, collaborating with different creative organisations like Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Pavilion Dance, The Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival.

Our creative projects have included hosting national competitions and exhibitions inside AUB’s CRAB Drawing Studio, and other collaborations with students, staff, alumni and external partners.

TheGallery integrates into the local community by bringing the arts to Bournemouth via our partnership with WestBeach as a platform to showcase exhibitions and student work.