TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth’s Off-Site Arts Programme in Partnership with Westbeach

10 May – 28 September 2018

Exhibition originally curated by Vincent Larkin

TheGallery’s Off-Site Arts Programme in association WestBeach, showcasing 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 have participated in showcasing our Off-Site Arts Programme to the local Bournemouth community.

Delivering an exciting portfolio of exhibitions and events, we aim to build upon the creative collaboration with the Arts University Bournemouth and external venues.

TheGallery and WestBeach are delighted to feature the work of a selection of staff and students from the BA (Hons) Illustration course at AUB.

Pictures at an Exhibition

The work on display is a selection chosen from our exhibition, Pictures at an Exhibition. The illustrations are a response by staff and students from BA (Hons) Illustration to the concert, Picture Perfect performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Focused on the composers, Modest Mussorgsky and Maurice Ravel, the illustrations were inspired by their compositions, specifically, replicating Mussorgsky finding inspiration for his compositions from a series of illustrations created by Russian Architect, Viktor Hartmann.

The intention was for a contemporary take on the interplay between music and visual art, this time with roles of artist and compositor reversed.

The prints were specifically commissioned for the production and have each corresponded to different aspects or biographical events inspired by the compositions that were performed during the concert.

This project was conceived in preparation for the concert Picture Perfect (Debussy, Ravel and Mussorgsky), which was performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on the 7 March 2018 at the Lighthouse, Poole and sponsored by the Arts University Bournemouth. Featured in two stages, the project consisted of a pop-up exhibition on the night of the concert at the Lighthouse, Poole and a complete exhibition that followed the concert, in the Live Project Space, AUB.

For more information on the full exhibition, please see here

Screen prints for sale

Each of the 9 prints that are being featured in the exhibition have been hand-printed in editions of 10. These editions are available to purchase unframed.

Hand Printed Illustration Screen Print
Edition of 10 prints
Each print has been signed by the artist.

Print size is approx. 56 x 38cm.
£100.00 plus VAT

Please purchase from the AUB Online Store

Past Venues

Lighthouse, Poole
7 March 2018
The first stage of this exhibition consisted of a pop-up exhibition on the night of the Picture Perfect concert.

TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth
8 March – 4 May 2018
A complete exhibition following the concert and was displayed in the Live Project Space at TheGallery


The BA (Hons) Illustration course at AUB promotes a dynamic learning experience based upon critical discourse within a vibrant creative studio environment. Individual development is supported and nurtured through experimentation, exploration, innovation, and risk-taking.

The courses ethos embraces an expansive notion of illustration, recognising the potential for it to be seen as a wild frontier of creative potential within an increasingly interdisciplinary contemporary landscape. The breadth of practice encouraged by the course is considered essential to meet the challenge of emerging dialogues from both the more traditional basis of illustration through to the opportunities offered by exciting and new hybrid forms of culture and media.

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TheGallery works with courses right across the university on a variety of exhibitions, events and projects. Pictures at an Exhibition is another example of one of these projects that we have worked on with the curators. When working on a collaborative project, we provide advise and support for the curatorial and technical aspects of the exhibition, as well as advice on 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) Illustration working with the BSO is a clear example of this as they provide the students with key insights into the industry and develops their skills.