TheGallery works with a range of organisations across the local and regional area to provide the community with greater access to contemporary art. This has ranged from partnerships with local businesses and schools to larger art organisations and festivals.



Musuem of Design in Plastics (MoDiP)

MoDiP and TheGallery are both outward facing AUB resources that provide platforms for research, learning and teaching. School workshops and visits are one of the ways in which we collaborate to provide opportunities for students to be inspired by the work on display and become more informed about the exhibitions and collections. Plastics as objects are also featured in TheGallery’s exhibitions when coinciding with the exhibition and its themes which emphasises the collaborative nature of AUB.


Local Schools and Colleges

TheGallery runs an educational programme for children and young people from creative workshops to exhibition talks. Our varied programme and relationships with local schools and colleges have been formed in collaboration with AUB’s Prep for HE, Schools and Widening Participation departments. Art education from a young age provides children with the ability to connect to their society and their community as well as provide them with new perspectives on the world. Alongside every major exhibition, we host a series of workshop sessions tailored to the different age groups and their learning experience, based on the featured exhibition.

All the details for our workshops can be found here.



WestBeach Restaurant has been working with TheGallery since the inaugural Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival in September 2011. It allowed TheGallery to showcase their work at the opening weekend of the festival, where WestBeach hosted TheGallery’s pop-up exhibitions and events and has since annually participated in showcasing our exhibition programme.

Andy Price, Managing Director at WestBeach commented; “WestBeach is delighted to be working with TheGallery and AUB. Thanks to this partnership, we are able to showcase the work of graduate students from AUB as they embark on their careers within the creative industry. It is our belief that collaborations such as the one between TheGallery and WestBeach are vital to push the arts further in the area, encourage new visitor markets and attract additional cultural industries to Bournemouth.  We are very proud to be working with the TheGallery and AUB, showcasing the creative talents of their students”.

To find out what’s currently being exhibited at WestBeach, take a look at the Exhibitions and Events page.

Featured Artists and Group Shows:
Laura Banks / Larissa Bone / Sarah Grace Harris / Robert Harrison / Professor Jim Hunter / Rachel Larkins / Marianna Madriz / Pictures at an Exhibition / Taylor Philips /  Adam Popli / Sam Scales / Perri Scott / Megan Staple / Peter Symons / Richard Tarr


The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation

Lucienne Day: Living Design is an exhibition that celebrates the life and work of one of the most influential designers of the post-war generation, Lucienne Day. TheGallery worked together in partnership with the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation to tell the story of Day’s design career, unfolding in a sequence of photographs drawn from the archives of the foundation.

Together in 2017, we launched a year-long nationwide programme of exhibitions, events, awards and collaborations across leading cultural organisations, galleries and creative institutions which extended as the exhibition toured.


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO)

The Arts University Bournemouth are sponsors of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Stuart Bartholomew CBE being a member of the BSO’s Board of Trustees. Each year since 2016, TheGallery has worked with the BSO and AUB to put on an exhibition of students work in response to live brief set by the BSO. Courses such as BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design, BA (Hons) Illustration, BA (Hons) Dance and BA (Hons) Creative Writing have exhibited their work.

Magical Fairytales is currently the collaborative exhibition on display.


University Links

Plastic Vanitas is an exhibition of work by Mariele Neudecker featuring a series of photographic artworks by Neudecker that presents the collection of the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) as vanitas still lifes. MoDiP is the only accredited UK museum with a focus on plastics and is a research resource of the Arts University Bournemouth where Plastic Vanitas was created during Neudecker’s artist residency.

This exhibition was made in partnership with Bath Spa University; Bowarts Nunnery Gallery; the Lighthouse, Poole; and supported by Arts Council England.


Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

The Arts by the Sea Festival was launched by Bournemouth Council in 2011 and has grown from strength to strength, becoming an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2015. The festival is Bournemouth’s annual celebration of art, culture, people and place, through which we strive to enhance a sense of community and raise Bournemouth’s profile on a national scale as a leader in culture.

Read more on the collaborative work that has been produced with the festival: