Across the Arts University Bournemouth campus, we have a series of art collections on display. Our portfolio includes artwork on long term loan from the Arts Council Collection and private collections, as well as AUB’s own art collection.
AUB Private Collection
There are 300 catalogued pieces in the AUB Private Collection which is looked after by TheGallery. There is currently no public access to this collection as it is a research collection only. An online catalogue of the work will be available soon to view.
Arts Council Collection
The Arts Council Collection is the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world and includes important works by the UK’s most prominent artists. The Collection reaches the broadest possible audience through long loans to public institutions, exhibition loan and touring exhibitions, as well as digital and print publications. AUB currently has 35 pieces on loan from the Arts Council displayed across the campus in Univerity House, the North Building and The Library, with many of the pieces accessible for public viewing.
We have work on display from 30 artists listed in the Collection:
Craigie Aitchison / David Bellingham / Stephenie Bergman / Alan Charlton / Prunella Clough / Philip Core / Michael Craig-Martin / Merlyn Evans / Paul Feiler / Martin Froy / Amal Ghosh / David Hepher / Roger Hilton / Nicholas Horsfield / David Hurn / Joan Key / Peter Kinley / Robert Law / Bruce McLean / Ian McLean / Alnoor Mitha / Hughie O’Donoghue / Margot Perryman / Fred Pollock / Joanna Price / Michael Salaman / Vivian Scheihing / Bob and Roberta Smith / Jack Smith / John Virtue
In 2019, AUB acquired two sculptures by the British sculptor, Tim Harrisson. The sculptures are on permanent loan from the artist.
Tim Harrisson was born 1952 in Quendon, Essex. He studied at Hammersmith College of Art, Norwich Art School and Byam Shaw School of Fine Art. In 1988 he was Sculptor in Residence at Red House Museum, Christchurch, organised by the Hampshire Sculpture Trust. He has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions, recent exhibitions include the Messums Wiltshire 2018, the British Museum London Design Fair 2018, the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol 2016 and Atrium Gallery at Bournemouth University 2010. Recent commissions include Winchester Cathedral, the Russell Coates Museum Bournemouth and Southampton City Gallery.
St Bee’s Cumberland Sandstone and Carrara Marble
Location: The Library, AUB
Location: AUB Courtyard
In 2018, a Tony Cragg sculpture on loan from the FE College and Fine Family Foundation was installed on the AUB grounds. The sculpture was originally commissioned by Sibyl Fine King of the Fine Family Foundation.
Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool in 1949 and graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 1977. As a young artist, Cragg became known for his sculptures that utilized found materials and simple making techniques such as stacking, splitting and crushing. At a time when minimalism and conceptualism were ascendant, Cragg began using mundane materials, which were tested to new limits.
Cragg was first nominated for the Turner Prize in 1984 for his contribution to the Hayward Annual and then won the prize in 1988 for his exhibition as the British representative at the Venice Biennale. He is widely recognised as one of the most important sculptors of his generation and is represented in major collections both public and private around the world.
Location: Outside University House