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Gabriel Bush: Lockdown Artists and Artist Returned

Curated by Violet M. McClean
An exhibition by TheGallery, in partnership with AUB Alumni Office, Student Recruitment and Marketing
Learn more about the formal opening


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Exhibition Dates: 17 March – 21 April 2023

Location: Northwest Gallery, AUB

An exhibition of work by Gabriel Bush (AUB alumnus 2021, BA (Hons) Commercial Photography), showcasing two bodies of work entitled Lockdown Artists and Artist Returned.

This body of work displays the resilience and creativity of our AUB students. For many people during the COVID-19 Pandemic, bedrooms, living rooms and dining areas became the designated centre space for creating new art.

Gabriel wanted to capture the AUB artists' spirit through photographic imagery and show that, while times were tough, AUB students persevere through whatever challenges faced them, and when restrictions were lifted, AUB became alive again with the students' passion for their practice.

Lockdown Artists

Lockdown Artists focuses on AUB students showing their resilience, drive, and determination to create while in lockdown.

The series displays creatives who adapted their practices to the home, whilst access to university facilities and equipment was restricted during the third national lockdown. Bedrooms, kitchens, and dining rooms for several months in student accommodations were transformed into makeshift art studios by fellow creatives at AUB. The series captures the surreal time that really put each of us, as creatives, to the test and motivated us to display that even in times of crisis, art still prevails!

Artists Returned

One year on from lockdown and thanks to the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, AUB students are back on campus creating innovative, eye-catching artwork.

This series displays young creatives from across the University back on campus using the industry-standard facilities that AUB has at its disposal. After a year away from campus, students across the University are pleased to be back, and this series highlights this, stamping a mark in the institution’s history and displaying that AUB students have overcome the difficult hurdle of lockdown and are now again creating groundbreaking work in the place where they flourish most.

Meet the artist

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Gabriel Bush

Gabriel Bush is a portrait and reportage photographer based in London and working globally. However, most importantly he's an AUB alumnus.

Meet the curator

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Violet McClean

With over 25 years of experience in the Arts sector, Violet McClean has worked with national and international collections...

TheGallery works with courses and departments right across the university on a variety of exhibitions, events and projects. Gabriel Bush: Lockdown Artists and Artists Returned is another example of a collaborative project, this time with AUB Alumni Office, Student Recruitment and Marketing.

TheGallery provides a national and international public platform for the arts within the sub-region, and we promote the University’s shared passion for excellence in education, industry, and the art sector.

The work of TheGallery is a testament of our AUB goals and values and is inclusive of all and the ideas of all.

AUB Alumni

Stay connected...

We're proud of our alumni, and rightfully so. Many of you have gone on to do incredible things.

Our alumni community is a continuation of our campus — a home and a network for all of our wonderful graduates. It’s a place to find out what everyone’s been up to and generally stay a part of our creative community, with some exclusive benefits to be had, too.

This community is open to students who graduated under any of our previous titles (The Arts University College at Bournemouth, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, and Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design) and, of course, our current one.

Read on for more information about our Alumni community.

Gabriel Bush: Lockdown Artists and Artist Returned – formal opening

Join curator Violet M. McClean in conversation with artist and AUB alumnus, Gabriel Bush, followed by a formal opening and private view...
Learn more about the formal opening

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