18 May – 27 September 2019
WestBeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth

TheGallery is delighted to work with WestBeach to feature the work of our students from MA Illustration.

Our Off-Site Arts Programme in association with WestBeach, showcases 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 has participated in showcasing our Off-Site Arts Programme to the local Bournemouth community.

Visions of Colour, was a response to Matisse:Drawing with Scissors a Hayward Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London, which TheGallery hosted in June 2017. The exhibition was curated by Lisa Richardson, Course Leader for MA Illustration at the AUB.

Through the exhibition the illustrators explored and celebrated flatness, colour, pattern and form. They considered the motifs and the subject matter that are fundamental to their own illustration practice and related these to the ‘paper cut-outs’ of Matisse. This is a selection of work from the original exhibition that was staged in TheGallery in 2017.

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17 June to 11 August 2019

A Hayward Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London

Block B, Foundation Studies Building.

Eduardo Paolozzi: General Dynamic F.U.N. presents 50 screenprints and photolithographs by the pioneer of Pop Art, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005).

Visions of Colour (2017) 

Featured work created by MA Illustration students in response to the Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibition, shown at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth in June 2017.

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors: Late Works 1950-1954 (2017)

A Hayward Touring exhibition which featured 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, and included many of his iconic images such as the Snail and the Blue Nudes. This exhibition formed part of TheGallery’s Summer Programme of 2017.

Laura Franx: A study of the female anatomy (2017)

A Gallery work placement project created by BA Illustration student Laura Franx in response to the Matisse:Drawing With Scissors exhibition shown at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth in 2017.


TheGallery works with courses right across the university on a variety of exhibitions, events and projects. Visions of Colour 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 event and project management.

TheGallery provides a national and international public platform for the arts within the sub-region as we promote the University’s shared passion for excellence in education, industry and the sector. The MA Illustration course is a clear example of this as we provide the students with key insights into the industry to develop their skills.


The MA Illustration course encourages you to question the nature of your practice and its context and position relative to the creative industries. The MA Illustration course encourages you to engage imaginatively with your practice in relation to the evolving academic subject and practice of illustration. Your work will be considered in a global context, and critically examine the emergence of approaches that challenge orthodox practices. As a graduate from the MA programme, you will be able to carve your own niche in an evolving market for visual materials.

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An MA is a chance to build on your achievements and study at an advanced level. Our courses are for students who want to deepen their understanding of a subject.

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