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This is AUB. A place to shape and build your work; to learn, share, provoke and collaborate.

At TheGallery, our mission is to make art and inspiration accessible to all while continuing to reflect the University’s commitment to excellence in education, industry, and the arts.

This year, we celebrate 25 years of TheGallery.

TheGallery's objectives

To continue our role as a pivotal resource for contemporary art and design in the south of England, we've launched this support page to enable our supporters to donate.

We all have our own art heroes, and now we're asking for you to be ours.

Your support will enable us to:

  • further develop and deliver a world-class contemporary exhibition and events programme that contributes to the International and national curatorial debate
  • continue to make a full and effective contribution to AUB’s academic, research and innovation provisions, and further develop the associated education and engagement activities with MoDiP and AUB’s School Liaison and Outreach Programme
  • position TheGallery at the heart of the University: regionally, nationally, internationally and globally, through curating and producing exhibition projects and commissioning new writings through the text + work concept, which examines and extends the boundaries between contemporary art practice and critical discourse
  • enhance our AUB Global standing, through research and industry partnerships with leading arts, design, media and performance institutions worldwide.

As a renowned arts education institution of global standing, Arts University Bournemouth, benefits from digital and physical showcases of art, design, performance and media. One of our many strengths is our excellent gallery, which celebrates 25 years of innovative exhibitions, as well as commissions, site-specific works and other opportunities for emerging and established talent. 25 years is a significant milestone and as Vice-Chancellor, I'm delighted to play my part in recognising all that it's achieved, and celebrating its success, now and far into the future.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Gough

The Gallery's values

TheGallery has forged many strong partnerships with local organisations and businesses such as GIANT Gallery, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Arts by the Sea, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and West Beach. Further afield, TheGallery has worked with prestigious venues such as Redfern Gallery and Dublin Castle, to inspire people outside of our region.

TheGallery believes that learning doesn't just take place in the classroom, which is why it launched its Schools and Education Programme in 2010. The programme aims to showcase creative talent and inspire young people to engage with the arts in a gallery setting. A diverse range of activities is offered to local schools free of charge and is a unique opportunity for young learners to engage with original artworks. Activities include exhibition workshops, talks, and gallery tours.

TheGallery also works closely with All Access AUB, a unique and intensive programme of activity for post-16 students from underrepresented groups. It was designed to support entry to creative higher education and students enrolled on the scheme take part in a summer residential, have their work included in an industry-standard exhibition, receive one-to-one portfolio support from AUB tutors, and attend a 'transition to creative HE' event.

In 2000, TheGallery established its volunteering and work placement programme providing opportunities to develop student skills in curating, collection management, marketing and events management, gaining an insight into the arts and how a professional gallery operates.

A number of students from this programme are now working as curators, gallery managers, gallery education co-ordinators, and gallery directors in some the world's most established art organisations, including Tate Modern, National Trust, White Chapel, British Museum, Hauser & Wirth, and TheGallery to name just a few.

TheGallery is always keen to showcase the creative talents of AUB alumni through exhibitions. It's an integral part of AUB’s alumni network and works closely with AUB&, a dedicated platform bringing together alumni, staff and final year students, to share exciting news, features, discussions, career opportunities in the creative arts and more.

We all have our own art heroes, and now we're asking for you to be ours.

Violet M. McClean, TheGallery Curator

TheGallery's outputs

TheGallery prides itself on exhibiting national and international artists and designers. It hosts a diverse programme of exhibitions, artist talks, panel discussions and other engaging events, with past names including designer Morag Myerscough, artist Brian Clarke, Zaha Hadid Architects, photographer Philip Townsend, and Professor Sir Peter Cook, renowned architect and AUB alumnus who also designed the University’s CRAB Drawing Studio. TheGallery brought National Museums Scotland’s exhibition Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk to the University and local region.

TheGallery runs its own Touring Exhibition Programme, curating high-quality exhibitions that have toured both nationally and internationally. This includes its noted celebration of the designer Lucienne Day with the touring exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design.

AUB has a series of art collections on display across the campus. These include the University’s own collections, and artworks on loan from public and private collections, including TheGallery’s art collection from Arts Council Collection England. The sculpture and design portfolio includes pieces by Tim Harrisson and Tony Cragg, and the CRAB Drawing Studio designed by Professor Sir Peter Cook. TheGallery also has a collection of student and alumni work, which is displayed across the University’s campus and student halls.

TheGallery is a valuable learning resource for the University and is integrated into the teaching and research of our students and staff. TheGallery has recently supported in the design of AUB’s new course, BA (Hons) Curation, Exhibition and Experience Design, which is part of the new School of Arts, Media and Creative Industries Management.

TheGallery team also give guest lectures and host workshops across the University’s degree courses, give welcome talks and tours to students in TheGallery, and mentor both staff and students on curatorial projects.

TheGallery produces a number of publications through the text + work concept, commissioning written reflections from some of today’s most prominent curators, critics, artists, designers, and filmmakers. All our publications are limited editions.

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