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.
Museum 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.
In 2016, TheGallery worked with MoDiP on the exhibition, Plastic Vanitas, made also in partnership with Bath Spa University; Bowarts Nunnery Gallery; the Lighthouse, Poole; and supported by Arts Council England. Plastic Vanitas was an exhibition of photographic artworks by Mariele Neudecker that presented the collection of MoDiP as vanitas still lifes during Neudecker’s artist residency with the museum.
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.
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.
In 2017, they 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.
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
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
The Arts University Bournemouth is proud to sponsor concerts by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and support them with our academic partnership. Each year since 2016, TheGallery has worked with the BSO and AUB to put on an exhibition of student 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.
Read more on the collaborative work that has been produced with the BSO:
Previous BSO Exhibitions
Pictures at an Exhibition
Curated by Vincent Larkin
An exhibition by BA (Hons) Illustration in association with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO).
The exhibition was a response by staff and students in BA (Hons) Illustration to the concert, Picture Perfect performed by the BSO, sponsored by Arts University Bournemouth.
West Side 360°
Curated by Rebecca Pride and Mandy Barrington
West Side 360° exhibition was a response by students in BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design, to a live brief from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO). The students were asked to design a set of costumes inspired by the concert Song and Dance (Adams, Rachmaninov, Bernstein & Gershwin), sponsored by Arts University Bournemouth.
The Firebird, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
Curated by Adele Keeley, Wayne Martin and Bunny Winter.
A collaborative project and exhibition with BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design and BA (Hons) Graphic Design at AUB, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and TheGallery.
Students from BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design produced a collection of designs in response to The Firebird, which was on display at the Lighthouse Poole on the evening of the performance.
Related Projects with AUB and BSO
Oh! What a Lovely War
Oh! What a Lovely War remains a classic of the modern theatre world. It is a reminder of the atrocities of a war, which cost the lives of so many.
Performed by BA (Hons) Acting students and designed by BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design, BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance, BA (Hons) Arts and Events Management, and BA (Hons) Modelmaking, the show is produced in collaboration with Kokoro BSO new music group.
February 2014 & May 2018
After the Show is Over
Curated by Katharine Piercey and Kenneth Robertson
Exhibition Designed by Alexander White, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design Alumnus
As the BA (Hons) Acting course reached its 70th production in autumn 2017, this exhibition celebrated the diversity and collaborative nature of the course, and the work it has produced over the years.
Fifteen key productions were selected for the exhibition to show the course’s wide-ranging genres and its engagement with various industry partners. These included professional guest directors, external venues and partnerships on five musical productions to date with BSO’s new music ensemble, Kokoro.
Into the Woods.
In 2017, third-year students from AUB’s BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design and BA (Hons) Make-Up for Media Performance courses worked together with Kokoro to bring the production to the stage. This was the fifth year that undergraduate students from these courses have partnered with Kokoro on a stage production.
Presented by staff and students from AUB’s performance and design courses and in collaboration with Kokoro, BSO’s New Music Ensemble.
Sandy Wilson’s gloriously pastiche musical is set in a girls finishing school in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties. The original 1954 production ran for 2,078 performances making it briefly the third-longest running musical in West End or Broadway history. The songs such as The Boy Friend and I Could Be Happy With You became the pop songs of their day and are just as wonderfully catchy now as they were then.
Presented in collaboration with staff and students from AUB and Kokoro, BSO’s New Music Ensemble.
Threepenny Opera, like Beggar’s Opera upon which it, brings classic Italian opera of the elite to the masses in thought-provoking tales of the society around us. Bertolt Brecht’s “epic” approach to theatre was not to get the audience to connect with the characters or situations on stage emotionally, but to provoke thought, self-reflection and a critical view of the action before them.
The Soldier’s Tale
A unique collaboration between students from AUB and Kokoro, BSO’s New Music Group, produced an elaborate staged and costumed performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.
KOKORO, BSO New Music Group – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
A concert performed at AUB in collaboration with TheGallery, looking at Experimentalism to Minimalism, an exploration of two seminal movements in 20th-century music.
Related Press Stories
Review: BSO’s Magical Fairytales showcases an incredible range of talent
The concert was a partnership with Arts University Bournemouth whose undergraduates displayed their work in illustration, costume, creative writing and performance design on the theme of Petrushka.
A stunning collaboration on a wonderful evening showcasing an incredible range of talent.
Black Mirror Research Network
The Black Mirror Research Network originated at the Arts University Bournemouth and explores the influence and roles of magic, the occult and enchantment in modernist and contemporary arts in an international context.
In 2017, TheGallery collaborated with Dominic Shepherd, a member of the Network, along with New York University Steinhardt; Plymouth College of Art; Fulgur Press and Charlie Smith London, to bring together Black Mirror: Magic in Art. The exhibition showcased the work of fourteen internationally recognised artists and delved into the ethos and work of those involved with the Network and corresponding institutions to display a multi-disciplined curatorial approach of 2D, 3D, film, video and performance art.
Zaha Hadid Architects
This exhibition explored how the innovative studio has evolved its design processes over the past thirty years to create some of the most distinctive and creative buildings in the world. ZHA also worked with students from the BA (Hons) Modelmaking degree to provide a new set of architectural models from their portfolio of design.
A partnership between AUB and Penguin was created in 2016 to put on an exhibition, Re-animating The Snowman which uncovered unique material from the never-before-seen archives to tell the story of animation through the children’s classic.
Featuring original cels alongside pre-production work, this exhibition provided an insight into the creation of The Snowman. It also featured material from The Snowman and the Snowdog, the sequel created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original landmark broadcast.
CRAB Drawing Studio
The Drawing Studio was officially opened on 3rd March 2016 by special guest, the world famous Dame Zaha Hadid who closed her speech with “I simply love this building.”
The building was designed and completed by renowned architect, AUB alumnus and Honorary Fellow, Professor Sir Peter Cook RA and his office CRAB (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau).
Not only is it the first purpose-built drawing studio to be constructed at an art school for more than a century, but it is also Sir Peter’s first building to be built in the UK.
This studio celebrates light and provides a space to enable drawing as a focused creative activity. The situation of the structure upholds the four light-central themes in looking and drawing by the inclusion of; a principle north-light in the studio tradition, a rear clerestory that throws a softer light back from the rear wall, a discrete and even gentler light that filters from beneath a bench on the east side and, finally, a graded wash of light that travels along the curve of the entrance door.
This studio underlines the fundamental importance of drawing to the education offered at Arts University Bournemouth.
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:
Suddenly Last Summer
Suddenly Last Summer, the biggest annual exhibition that TheGallery stages each year is established as a listing in the art festival. The exhibition is a curated selection of work from AUB’s graduating cohort which showcases over 100 artists, designers and makers.
Each summer we celebrate the achievements of over 1,300 students who will embark on their professional careers and further studies. Committed to the disciplines of art, design, media and performance, the graduate artists come together in one show to embrace the creative spirit that characterises life at the Arts University Bournemouth.
The Sound of Still Life
Sian Hutchings is a fine artist who uses sound as a medium, focusing on Posthumanism and the development of the human condition. Hutchings developed a ‘sound sculpture’ drawing parallel to Mariele Neudecker’s work with MoDiP.
The sound piece was commissioned in response to the Plastic Vanitas exhibition and was TheGallery’s contribution to the opening weekend of the Bournemouth Arts Festival By The Sea. The sound piece was a collaborative project with BA (Hons) Architecture.
Re-Imagining the Beach Hut for the 21st Century
Bathing Beauties was a selection of beach huts re-imagined by 240 architects, artists and designers. The exhibition evolved from a competition led by artist Michael Trainor and presents over 100 selected models and one full-scale beach hut, Oyster Pleasance. The diversity of design approaches demonstrated in this exhibition is reflective of not only the infinite number of possible solutions to a simple design brief but also to the seemingly universal appeal of the beach hut. The models were created by artists, designers and architects from the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Singapore, India, China, Russia, Japan and Israel.
Oyster Pleasance: Bathing Beauties Pop-Up Exhibition at Bournemouth Beach
Oyster Pleasance was based on an oyster shell, an innovative structure designed by The Beach Hut Salon (a collaboration between A-Models and architect, Will Alsop). The beautiful Oyster with its unique design was seen as an interactive piece of art that proposes a beach hut for the 21st Century. The designers’ philosophy was that the hut was a place to dream and to just ‘be’. As part of the Arts by the Sea Festival, TheGallery installed Oyster Pleasance on the beachfront, where mermaids could bethe
The Open University: Marcia Farquhar
TheGallery and Arts by the Sea Festival commissioned artist Marcia Farquhar to compose a functioning outdoor lecture theatre constructed in a roadside skip, as well as a lecture series of variable proportions, presented in situ on the subject of what is and what is not trash.
Marcia Farquhar is an artist working in performance, photography, video and object-making.
NEON: Shaping Light
NEON: Shaping Light developed in collaboration with the Arts by the Sea Festival and TheGallery. A unique and innovative project which, celebrated the fascinating art of neon light, the project offered a series of events, an off-site Installation featuring a neon light trail and a final exhibition at TheGallery.
artSOUTH and Bournemouth Arts Festival by the Sea 2013
TheGallery worked with artists Claire Barclay and Lucy + Jorge Orta, for artSOUTH, part of Bournemouth Arts Festival by the Sea 2013. Two exhibitions, a number of events, workshops, performances, and an artist book and publication were staged for the festival.
artSOUTH Collaborations is a regional series of exhibitions and performances across Central South England. TheGallery worked in collaboration with artSOUTH presenting an engaging autumn Programme.
Improvisations with Tragic and Comic Consequences
Claire Barclay collaborated with Martin Bridle, Punch & Judy puppeteer; Francis McKee, Curator & Writer; and staff & students from the Arts University Bournemouth. This was a creative project focusing on an exploration of the collaborative process through participatory workshops, talks and Punch and Judy performances. The outcomes of this collaboration have been sparked by the improvised interactions between different participants documented and interpreted in the form of a publication made in collaboration with AUB.
An exhibition of work by Lucy + Jorge Orta
Programmed in association with artSOUTH, the exhibition brought together sculptures, drawings and models created by Lucy + Jorge Orta during their research on new organic and modular architecture, as a result of their collaborations with the Greenham partnership and other communities across Europe.
Potential Architecture explored the Orta’s recent architectural endeavours that derive from their fascination with cell biology and the process of differentiation. The artists conceptualised the communication process the human cell undertakes from its embryonic state and the infinite transformations that lead to defined structural organisms. The body of work drew from their artistic practice, grounded in the universal concerns of community, shelter, migration and sustainable development. Potential Architecture is a powerful rejoinder to the arbitrary boundaries that define art, architecture and design.
Improvisations with Tragic and Comic Consequences
The artist book was published and produced by text+work, TheGallery, AUB.
An artSOUTH Commission Project
Improvisations with Tragic and Comic Consequences has culminated in an artist’s book created by Claire Barclay in response to her project focusing on an exploration of the collaborative process participatory workshops, talks and Punch & Judy performances.
Images were developed by Claire from the workshop documentation and an insightful reflection of the 350-year-old characters of Punch and Judy, entitled Harm is where the Hert is by Francis McKee.
Lucy + Jorge Orta
Arts University Bournemouth supported the publication to include an essay by Simon Beeson.
This monograph delves into Lucy + Jorge Orta’s architectural endeavours that derive from their fascination with cell biology and the process of cell differentiation. It traces the fruit of the artists’ research on new organic and modular architecture as a result of their collaboration with the Greenham partnership and other communities across Europe.