Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival is back for the third year, bringing an eclectic multi-art form programme of over 50 events to the south coast. Highlights this year include Mutoid Waste fresh from adorning the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, who will be bringing a huge animatronics parade to  the beach. The festival opens with a spectacular weekend of free events, from Fri 20th – Sun 22nd September with the programme running until 12th October.

Arts University Bournemouth is proud to be the headline sponsor, and this year brings the most diverse work yet from our creative community.


Fine Art Graduate Ashley Peevor brings a series of unusual installations to the sea-front. Expect the normal festival commodities, but with a rather radical twist when nature calls…

Sat 21st  – Sun 22nd September

Arts by the Sea Festival information point

(BA Hons) Architecture students have created a unique information hub and meeting point for the duration of the festival, situated in the town centre square.  Here you can get festival maps, chat to festival ambassadors and meet up before going to performances.

AUB Students’ Union

Will be down by the sea with a giant bell-tent where you can pop in for a chat, chill out, and see student work.

Sat 21st  – Sun 22nd September


ArtSouth Open Weekend

Potential Architecture by Lucy + Jorge Orta

Orta Art Cream Tea Event at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth

Saturday 21 September 3.00 – 5.00pm (Free Event)

Afternoon Tea Provided by The Print Room, Albert Road, Bournemouth

Join the Curator Simon Beeson and the students from BA (Hons) Architecture for Cream Tea where they will discuss the ideas explored in the exhibition.

Bus Service Information for Event:

TheGallery is providing a free bus service from outside The Print Room, Richmond Hill at 2.30pmto the Arts University for this event.

Free car parking is also available on the Arts University campus.

Booking Information

If you would like to book a place for this event email or telephone: 01202 363272

Claire Barclay: Improvisations with tragic and comic consequences

Improvisations with comic and tragic consequences has culminated in an 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.

Claire Barclay collaborated with Professor Martin Bridle, Punch and Judy puppeteer. Francis McKee, curator and writer, and staff and students at Arts University Bournemouth, the outcomes of which have been documented and interpreted in this bookwork, made in collaboration with text + work, TheGallery, AUB.

The artist’s bookwork will be available at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth and at other artSOUTH venues.

7th September – 1st December

Related event

TheGallery will also be holding a day of fun public Punch and Judy workshops in response to Claire Barclay’s artSOUTH Commission. Free drop in workshop focusing on the traditional Punch and Judy performance; work with artist Denise Poote to make life size props and characters and students from AUB creating human puppets.

 Saturday 21 September

WestBeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth

Launch Event: 11.00am – 12.00pm

Punch and Judy Shows: 12.00 and 2.00pm

Public Workshops in response to Claire Barclay’s artSOUTH Commission: 12.00 – 6.00pm