What is Art?

Performance in Drawing Studio

Thursday 17 January 2019

CRAB Drawing Studio
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Performance led and directed by Kieran Luxton and the AUB Theatre Ensemble

Event formally introduced by Christian McLening, Dean of Art, Design and Architecture, AUB

What Is Art? Is an original performance piece curated and directed by recent Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) BA (Hons) Acting graduate, Kieran Luxton. The piece focuses on questioning the role and importance of Art within different cultures and societies. Looking at subject matters such as immigration, racism, sexism, the voice of the youth and much more, What Is Art? demonstrates the importance of celebrating Art in all of its forms and it unifies individuals to grow and develop into a community. Having previously created a ten minute movement piece of What Is Art? for TheGallery’s 20th Birthday CelebrationHead To Toe Theatre Company are working in partnership with AUB to develop this piece specifically to celebrate art, cross-course collaboration and the multicultural community that is at AUB.

This piece will be performed by the BA (Hons) Acting students and Alumni on the final day of TheGallery’s Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition.

MEET THE curator/director: kieran luxton

Kieran Luxton recently graduated from AUB in BA (Hons) Acting. During his second year of study he founded Head To Toe Theatre Company (HTT), where, working closely with Dorset and it’s community, new and innovative work is created. Focusing on working with people and their stories, Kieran has trained in acting and dance throughout his education, later progressing into directing and teaching movement (physical theatre) and teaching acting LAMDA classes. Drawing on his movement and dance training, Kieran is the Artistic Director of HTT and is currently working towards three touring shows. Kieran has been working closely with the BA (Hons) Acting students in creating a piece that is unique and in celebration of the staff and students at AUB.

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Admission: Free
Booking is essential (limited numbers)
You can book your place here.

Please print out and bring your tickets with you for entry to the performance.


TheGallery works with courses right across the university on a variety of exhibitions, events and projects. What is Art? is another example of one of these projects that we have worked on with students and AUB alumni. When working on a collaborative project, we provide advice and support for the event and project management.

TheGallery provides a national and international public platform for the arts and these projects within the sub-region as we promote the University’s shared passion for excellence in education, industry and the sector. The BA (Hons) Acting course is a clear example of this as they provide the students with key insights into industry and develop their skills.

BA (HONS) acting

All the world’s a stage according to Shakespeare, and we’re all actors. The BA (Hons) Acting course is dedicated to showing what it takes to turn national talent into a career, whether the dream is to be on stage or in film.

Graduates have appeared in BBC dramas, on London’s National Theatre tours and the Edinburgh Festival. Others have also worked across the industry in related creative roles, such as stage management, casting, teaching, directing and running their own companies.

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