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megan Staple: ‘Non Fiction Fantasy’

10 December 2018 – 27 September 2019

WestBeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth WestBeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth

TheGallery is delighted to work with WestBeach to feature the work of Megan Staple, BA (Hons) Photography Alumni, 2018.
TheGallery is delighted to work with WestBeach to feature the work of our students from MA Illustration.

Our Off-Site Arts Programme in association with WestBeach, showcases the work of staff, students and graduates from the Arts University Bournemouth. Our Off-Site Arts Programme in association with WestBeach, showcases the work of staff, students and graduates from the Arts University Bournemouth.

We have worked with WestBeach Restaurant since the inaugural Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival in September 2011. Since then, Westbeach has participated in showcasing our Off-Site Arts Programme to the local Bournemouth community. We have worked with WestBeach Restaurant since the inaugural Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival in September 2011. Since then, Westbeach has participated in showcasing our Off-Site Arts Programme to the local Bournemouth community.

Meet the Artist: Megan Staple

Pushing the boundaries of concrete abstraction, still life photographer Megan Staple uses her hand-crafted studio sets to form geometric vibrant images that appear fictional.

Born and raised in Somerset, Megan has delved into various corners of abstract photography with her interest in perspective manipulation starting in 2015. This practice finalises her BA (Hons) Photography Degree from the Arts University Bournemouth. Through the exhibition, the illustrators explored and celebrated flatness, colour, pattern and form. They considered the motifs and the subject matter that are fundamental to their own illustration practice and related these to the ‘paper cut-outs’ of Matisse.

This is a selection of work from the original exhibition that was staged in TheGallery in 2017.

Staple’s recent body of work, Non-Fiction Fantasy uses analogue and medium format digital photography to capture the fragmented and distorted realities constructed in a studio. She pushes the boundaries of concrete abstraction, relying on the set and props to form geometric vibrant images that appear fictional.

The work is related to the Neo-Modernist movement in still life photography that privileges form over meaning, with additional emphasis on Staple’s rejection of post-production. Her inspiration derives from studying the history of abstract art including Cubism, Vorticism, and Constructivism, with later influences from Neo Geo, Kitsch, and Memphis Design. Prominent influential figures for Staple have been Barbara Kasten, Bahar Yurukoglu, and Daniel Gordon.

See more of Megan’s work

Landscapes of Exploration

8 January -­ 19 February 2015

Art from the British Antarctic Survey Artists and Writers Programme 2001-2009, curated by Liz Wells

Ten visual artists, one musician and three writers undertook residencies in the Antarctic between 2001 and 2009, under the auspices of the British Antarctic Survey, supported by Arts Council England.

This exhibition brings together the artists’ work resulting from their various investigations, offering an opportunity to reflect upon the very different subject matter, media and responses evident in the range of work produced.

Curated by Liz Wells, this exhibition foregrounds the role of contemporary art in examining Antarctica. What perspectives can art offer on this terra incognita, a forbidding environment where the temperature rarely rises above freezing, yet one which for scientists offers a wealth of geological and glaciological data including indicators of climate change?

Liz Wells is the Professor in Photographic Culture at Plymouth University. This exhibition was first shown at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, in 2012.

Paul Wenham-Clarke: The Dark Highway

20 November – 18 December 2014

Curated by Aaron Schuman

Supporting essay written by Paul Allen

A text + work exhibition

The Dark Highway is the culmination of ten years of work by Paul Wenham-Clarke, featuring excerpts from four photographic projects; When Lives Collide, The Westway, Hard Times and Sacrifice the Birdsong. Paul has had a successful and varied career, this creative journey has included work in advertising, documentary photography and he is currently working as a photographic artist.


29 September – 6 November

The Bathing Beauties is a selection of miniature 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’.


26 – 28 September 2014, during Arts by the Sea Festival Beachfront, outside Aruba

‘Oyster Pleasance’ is 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 can be seen as an interactive piece of art, that proposes a beach hut for the 21st Century. The designers’ philosophy is that the hut is a place to dream and to just ‘be’. As part of the Arts by the Sea Festival, TheGallery AUB installed Oyster Pleasance on the beachfront, where a mermaid will interact with it.


18 & 19 September 2014 The symposium seeks to explore ways in which illustrators, interpret, re-interpret and misinterpret information through illustration practice. This event aims to celebrate and investigate the potential exciting creative strategies and possibilities for practitioners to move minds, challenge norms and influence the ways in which we the see the world and connect with it. MUSIC ARCHITECTURE POOLE [MAP]

7 – 30 July 2014 TheGallery is delighted to present Music Architecture Poole [MAP] at the University for the second time, after the first iteration was held in 2013. MAP is an exhibition of second-year BA (Hons) Architecture student work from Arts University Bournemouth that combines structural engineering, acoustics and issues relating people and buildings to cities and towns.


Our Summer Shows provide the public with a fantastic opportunity to view the innovative work produced by graduates from the Arts University Bournemouth. PREPARATION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMER SHOWS 27 May – 5 June 2014 Read the stories from the students and projects on our Summer Shows page. HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMER SHOWS 19 – 26 June 2014 Read the stories from the students and projects on our Summer Shows page. Some of our degree courses are exhibiting in London this month.

Karen Fuchs – photography exhibition

13 March – 24 April 2014 TheGallery showcased the retrospective exhibition of internationally recognised photographer Karen Fuchs. Related events: Exhibition Talk, Formal Opening and Publication Launch Thursday 13 March 2014 Schools Workshop – Flashlight on Photography Thursday 3 April 2014 Film Night Thursday 24 April 2014

A Machine Aesthetic

31  January – 27 February 2014 A national touring exhibition took place in Newcastle, Bournemouth, Lincoln and Norwich and concluding at Transition Gallery, London in October 2014. Related Events: Panel Discussion on A Machine Aesthetic Friday 31 January 2014 Film Screening Night & Artist Talk Thursday 6 February 2014 Curator’s Lunch Time Talk Thursday 13 February 2014  Schools Workshop Day Thursday 27 February 2014

Block Party: Contemporary Craft Inspired by the Art of the Tailor

Curated by Lucy Orta. A Crafts Council Touring Exhibition. 5 December 2013 – 24 January 2014 Read more » Related Events: Exhibition Talk: The Art of Tailoring Thursday 16 January 2014 Schools Workshop: Block Party – Tailor Made Designs Thursday 23 January 2014

Claire Barclay: Improvisations with tragic and comic consequences

Artist’s bookwork created by Claire Barclay in response to her project focusing on an exploration of the collaborative process through participatory workshops, talks and Punch and Judy performances. 7 September – 1 December 2013 Read more »

Print Is Dead, Long Live Print

24 April – 30 November 2013 Off-site art programme in partnership with The Print Room, Bournemouth

Potential Architecture – An exhibition of work by Lucy + Jorge Orta

Curated by Simon Beeson 7 September – 7 November 2013 Programmed in association with artSOUTH

Music Architecture Poole [MAP]

08 – 24 July 2013 Music Architecture Poole [MAP] is an interactive exhibition by second-year BA (Hons) Architecture students from AUB that combines structural engineering and acoustics.

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, Touring Exhibition

22 March – 26 April 2013 Celebrating the diversity, excellence and range of drawing in the UK. Related Events: Preview and Formal Exhibition Opening Panel Discussion on “Drawing Speaks”

41 Reasons We Still Need Superman

Video Art Touring Exhibition from China 22 February – 7 March 2013. Related Events: Curator’s Talk Lunchtime Talk: An Art in Context Session on Digital Installations and the Audience

VALUES, a solo exhibition by Jane Wilbraham, in association with Hales Gallery, London.

11 January – 15 February 2013 A text + work event  A solo exhibition by Jane Wilbraham – VALUES brings together selected works from the past with an emphasis on recent watercolours and carved works made from Sycamore wood.


A Students’ Union exhibition TheGallery 7 – 13 December 2012 Shifting/ over/ between/ around / through is a group show of four fine art students in their final year here at the Arts University Bournemouth. Sculpture engages body directly with space, allowing the artists to circle themes of bodily engagement through our relationship with space. As we move through our environment we learn to understand how to guide ourselves around. Each artist takes their own concepts of our body, through their own journeys of space.


=Them and Us / Land to Sea

An exhibition of work by Richard William Wheater 19 October – 30 November 2012 Richard William Wheater is a British artist who uses performance and installation to discuss our relationship with the natural environment. Wheater’s exhibition at TheGallery presented two significant bodies of work Them and Us (2009) and Land to Sea (2012).

Power Plays – A solo exhibition by Laura Eldret

A solo exhibition by Laura Eldret Power Plays presented two new film works, Muster and Fought, by artist Laura Eldret. The films explore issues of artistic authorship, personal empowerment, choice, obligation and how powers constantly shift. The exhibition courts the seductive power of the spectacle, exploring how individuals create, record and retell their individual and collective identities. 

Creative spirit of the Games: Olympics 2012 posters: Twelve posters commissioned to mark the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

London 2012: Olympic and Paralympic Poster Exhibition, University House, AUB. 23 July – 7 September 2012 A number of posters for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, designed by some of the UK’s leading artists, including Bridget Riley, Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, Rachel Whiteread, and Bob and Roberta Smith have gone on display at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Exploratory Laboratory (ExLab) Art, Science and the Coast

9 July – 3 August 2012 ExLab is a ground-breaking arts programme along the Jurassic Coast, where earth scientists and artists collaborate to reveal hidden landscapes through the lenses of art, geology and technology.