Curated by Violet M. McClean
Co-Curated by William Hernandez Abreu

Exhibition Designed by David Lund and Thaires Vicentini

3 September – 3 November 2018
Across AUB Campus Galleries

‘Cabinets of Curiosity’ within a Contemporary Context
Feature wall designed by Zaha Hadid Design

Suddenly Last Summer 2018 is a curated selection of work from AUB’s 2018 graduating cohort. Showcasing over 60 artists, designers and makers, this is the biggest annual exhibition that TheGallery stages each year. This summer we celebrate the achievements of just over 1,300 students who will embark on their professional careers and further studies.

Committed to the disciplines of art, design, media and performance, the graduate artists have come together in one show to embrace the creative spirit that characterises life at the Arts University Bournemouth. The exhibition focuses on creating collections within one major exhibition that has been modelled on and considered within the museumology approach that contextualises the theory and practice of each course.

Curating the exhibition using a new museumology approach to a contemporary context, we have used the theoretical and criticalness of the concepts around curating itself. Our aim is use the historical content of how art was generated in the display sense within the original museum space and ideology and apply these to a contemporary context. Within the cultural authority of the white space, the collections look at subject matter

meet the artists

The exhibition features a wide selection of work from AUB’s

Together in one major exhibition, we celebrate the talents of our students and staff as AUB and TheGallery passionately believe in innovative opportunities that come from collaboration between different art forms in the AUB Creative Community.


Violet McClean
With over 20 years of experience in the arts sector Violet has worked with national and international collections, contemporary galleries and museums. She is the Senior Gallery Officer at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth.

Violet has worked closely with AUB to establish TheGallery as a leading University Gallery with an international reputation and extensive programme of exhibitions, events and publications.

In 2010 she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Museum and Galleries Studies in Curating, from University of Southampton. Violet’s research specialism is contemporary Curatorship’s relationship to classical museum Curating, focusing on the approaches of Alfred H. Barr, Jr founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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William Hernandez Abreu
William Hernandez Abreu has over 20 years of experience of working in performing arts; with a focus on dance, music and set design/making. William is a music designer and technician at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth. He is an active member of TheGallery Group and contributes to establish TheGallery as a leading university gallery with an international programme of exhibitions and events.

William is responsible for the co-ordination, production, exhibition design and the technical delivery of TheGallery’s annual programme of exhibitions and events, and the care of the AUB and Arts Council collections. He is the lead Technician on TheGallery’s Touring Exhibitions Programme. He also designed and choreographed the dance for the Ancient Art of Rituals event that was a part of the Black Mirror: Magic in Art exhibition and documentary project.

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MEET THE DESIGNERs: DAVID LUND and thaires vicentini

David Lund
David Lund is a PhD student and Visiting Tutor at the Arts University Bournemouth. His principle research interests include architectural modelmaking, design history and material culture. He is particularly interested in exploring different approaches to understanding and interpreting material objects.  A trained architectural modelmaker, David works as consultant helping architectural practices introduce digitally augmented modelmaking techniques. With experience in commercial and residential interior design, he also provides freelance technical design and installation support for TheGallery at AUB.

Prior to his academic career, David had a multi-award winning career in bookselling, and is an expert in visual merchandising, retail design, and leadership and management.

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Thaires Vicentini
Thaires Vicentini graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2013. She has since continued developing her drawing practiced and curated various exhibitions across the UK.

Thaires was part of the Young Curator Project at the Whitechapel Gallery from 2008 – 2010 before starting her undergraduate degree. Since graduating, she has participated in collaborative exhibitions in Bournemouth and Bristol, including a collaborative exhibition at Test Space at Spike Island Gallery and Drawn out Death, an exhibition in partnership with the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

She started working at TheGallery in 2016 as part of a work placement scheme and progressed to become the Project Administrator. In her role Thaires has worked as a second editor to The Gallery’s text + work publications, including Martyn Brewster: The Nocturnes. She was an art co-ordinator on Pictures at Exhibition, a project between the AUB BA (Hons) Illustration course and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and has also worked on the touring exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design, assisting in the creation of touring manuals and administrating the tour.

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Featured Exhibition Wall

Designed by Zaha Hadid Design
Built by Ink Associates

In collaboration with the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, AUB, and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) , TheGallery presented the exhibition, Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution.

The exhibition explored how Zaha Hadid Architects innovative studio has evolved its design processes over the past thirty years to create some of the most distinctive and creative buildings in the world. By showcasing the complete design archive of an early building alongside current projects making use of digital design processes such as virtual reality and parametric design, the practice’s remarkable journey from analogue to digital methods is outlined.

As part of the exhibition, a feature wall was built to display a series of architectual models and framed photographs. This wall was a centre piece within the exhibition and the gallery space. The wall has continued to be used for the AUB Summer Shows and now will be featured within the Suddenly Last Summer 2018 exhibition.


Arts University Bournemouth was first established in 1885 as a specialist art institution, and is now a leading university, offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries.

The University remains passionate about its subjects and continues to encourage curiosity, risk-taking and adventure in exploring and pushing boundaries of subject knowledge.


The future needs someone like you.

AUB is a campus of diversity, excitement and inspiration; a showcase of learning in an environment dedicated to the arts. The University places great importance on student involvement, therefore, we offer many short courses in a variety of art mediums and activities that can provide exciting opportunities within our creative community.

AUB Open Days

Spend a day in our creativity community. Our open days are a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for studying at AUB, explore the campus, see what students are working on and talk to the tutors.

AUB Gold Standard TEF

AUB has been awarded the highest rating of Gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The award recognises excellence in teaching and has stated that AUB delivers consistently outstanding teaching, academic support and outcomes for its students.

AUB No.1 for Graduate Employment

AUB has achieved a 98% graduate employment rate according to the results released by the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Of the 98%, an 80% proportion are in professional graduate employment, the highest percentage AUB has achieved to date.

Full-Time Study

AUB offers a range of full-time study within the areas of Prep for HE, BA, MA, and Postgraduate Research degrees to help turn your creativity into a career. You can take a look at our courses here.

School and College Visits

AUB offers a diverse programme of activities for schools and colleges that give young people the unique opportunity to engage in workshops with TheGallery and off-campus at schools.

Saturday Art Classes

For aspiring and developing young artists aged between 9-18, AUB offers courses suited to explore creativity outside of the school environment, guided by our inspiring and experienced tutors. These classes range from a variety of mediums including modelmaking and animation.

Evening and Saturday Courses

With over 50 courses in 19 subjects, whether it’s about enhancing your creativity, mastering a new skill, or indulging in a subject you have a passion for, discover what our specialist campus has to offer from experts and collaborations with a diverse mixture of students.