Upcoming Exhibition

Magical Fairytales

Upcoming Exhibition Exhibition in TheGallery / Exhibition in Northwest Gallery

25 February – 26 April 2019
Northwest Gallery

An exhibition by BA (Hons) Illustration, BA (Hons) Creative Writing, BA (Hons) Creative Events Management and BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design in association with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO).

Magical Fairytales is a response by students, to a live brief from the BSO. The students were asked to responded to the concert featuring compositions by Ravel, Rachmaninov & Stravinsky which will be performed by the BSO on 6 March 2018 and sponsored by Arts University Bournemouth.

Magical Fairytales Concert

Stravinsky’s great ballet has gone through a fascinating series of metamorphoses since first conceived as a concert piece, inspired by the immensely popular puppet plays of 19th century Russia. The score is one of his most brilliant achievements, bursting with the energy and inventiveness of youth. The depth of characterisation is astonishing; Stravinsky gives the melancholy puppet enough personality to make listeners care about him, without letting us forget that he is made of straw and cloth, not flesh and blood.

Audiences were already familiar with the Second and Third Concertos before Rachmaninov revised the First in 1917. It is very different from his later works; in exchange for fewer memorable melodies, this concerto incorporates elements of youthful vivacity and impetuosity in a concise and spirited fashion. Emerging from an exquisite piano suite for four hands based on the Mother Goose tales, Ravel’s full ballet music contains his musical fingerprint at every turn: melodies are clear, the orchestration is elegant, rhythms are precise, and the harmonies evoke a delicate, magical world.

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TheGallery works with courses right across the university on a variety of exhibitions, events and projects. Magical Fairytales is another example of one of these projects that we have worked on with the curator and students. When working on a collaborative project, we provide advice and support for the curatorial and technical aspects of the exhibition, as well as advice on events 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.