TheGallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the Suddenly Last Summer 2018 exhibition
Now a nationally renowned exhibition space, TheGallery was the vision of AUB’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Bartholomew, CBE.
After joining AUB in 1997, he set out to establish a gallery at the university to display exhibitions featuring the work of national and international artists.
TheGallery programme was established in 1998 with the appointment of Violet McClean as a part-time Exhibitions Officer and the AUB alumna and BA (Hons) Creative Events Management graduate is now Senior Gallery Officer.
Now to mark its 20th birthday, the public is invited to attend an event that is being held in TheGallery on Thursday, October 11, alongside the Suddenly Last Summer 2018 exhibition.
During the last two decades, TheGallery has showcased work from contemporary artists and designers from around the world, including collections on loan from major galleries and museums.
Previous exhibitions have featured Lucienne Day, Paula Rego, Louise Bourgeois, Henri Matisse and Alan Kitching as well as Turner Prize winner and AUB Honorary Fellow, Grenville Davey.
In 2016 TheGallery received special recognition as part of the Sir Misha Black Award, bestowed on Arts University Bournemouth for Innovation in Design Education.
TheGallery delivers a Schools Workshop Programme with AUB School Liaison and has welcomed hundreds of school learners, schools and colleges to the University.
It has also collaborated with a range of different creative organisations like Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Pavilion Dance, The Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival.
Suddenly Last Summer 2018 is a curated selection of work from the AUB students who graduated this year and will showcase more than 100 artists, designers and makers.
It is TheGallery’s biggest annual exhibition and this year it celebrates the achievements of more than 1,300 students who are now embarking on their professional careers and further studies.
The Suddenly Last Summer 2018 exhibition was curated by Violet McClean, co-curated by William Hernandez Abreu and was designed by two AUB alumni, David Lund and Thaires Vicentini.
The 20th anniversary celebrations will take place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on October 11 and Suddenly Last Summer 2018 will run until November 3.