Curated by Sarah Buss and Vincent Larkin

02 March-16 April 2020
Live Project Space

A collaborative project and exhibition with BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design and BA (Hons) Illustration at AUB, in response to Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Unrequited Love concert.

This is TheGallery’s fifth year working with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and AUB on a collaborative project and exhibition. This year’s exhibition will feature work by BA (Hons) Illustration, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design in response to the concert featuring compositions by Tcherepnin, Rachmaninov and Berlioz.

AUB were sponsors of the concert that took place on 15 January 2020 at Poole Lighthouse. A selection of the artworks were featured in a pop-up exhibition at the Lighthouse on the night of the concert.

Influenced by the music selected for the Unrequited Love concert, in particular, Nikolai Tcherepnin’s Prelude to la Princesse lointaine. Students from both BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design and MA Historical Costume presented a range of designs exploring the character of Princesse Lointaine, a character in a play of the same name by Edmond Rostand (1895).

Students were asked to research and explore the character of Princesse Lointaine, and to curate an interpretation of this enigmatic character. The designs were produced in both analogue and digital formats reveal the student’s conceptualised ideas of ‘the ideal but unattainable woman’, explored using colour, texture and silhouette.

Alongside designs for Princesse Lointaine BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design presented a recreation dress inspired by the design of Russian artist and designer Erté, famed for his opulent opera sets, costumes, jewellery and graphic arts. The dress features devoré sleeves and a foiled central pattern inspired by the original design, recreated by staff and students.

BA (Hons) Illustration students and staff presented work focusing on both the life and work of the composers involved. Specifically, the exhibited work took as inspiration Hector Berlioz’s strange mixing of his own private life with the imagined narrative of unrequited love as featured in his Symphonie fantastique.

Using this particular mixture of life and art as a starting point, the students as part of their program of study on the BA (Hons) Illustration course were tasked with building a visual narrative that interacts with stories, folk tales or myth originating from the music itself. As well as this, the students were encouraged to visually explore sections of the composer’s biographies and the often-extraordinary historical context that the music was created in.

Narrative Unit

Work produced for the BSO collaboration by BA (Hons) Illustration students, who were assessed as a central part of the Narrative Unit.

The priority for this unit was to produce a sequence of illustrations that effectively tells a story.


Exhibiting Artists and Designers

Ruby Enticknap, Sunneva Thomsen Halldórsdóttir, Lauren Ferger-Andrews, Ella Kearvell, Márcia Gomes, Sebastián Domínguez, Katharine Robinson, Jacob Mason, Ebony Howard, Emily James, Louise Kru Vincent Larkinse, Georgina Smart, Juliet Bauermeister, Abigail Winson, Anna Tomova, Silvio Lucas, Bridie Cheeseman–