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.
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:
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.