Student LifeGuide to Bournemouth

Arts and Culture

Bournemouth is a vibrant community, where you can participate and immerse yourself in the arts. There are many venues to visit, as well as events and festivals in alternative spaces throughout the town.

TheGallery at AUB hosts exhibitions, artist discussions, workshops and various other events throughout the year. AUB are also headline sponsor of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival which provides plenty of opportunity for students to get involved. In 2013, we commissioned 6 collaborative groups of students to create Portlaoo artwork along Bournemouth seafront. See pictures of ‘Lavish’ and watch the video.

On campus you can always find out about upcoming student shows and events through the The Students’ Union, who also run Arts Bus – a subsidised bus trip to London so you can keep up to date with the newest exhibitions.

Russell-Cotes Museum is a museum-house on Bournemouth’s East Cliff that exhibits a collection of art and artefacts of world cultures. The ArtHouse Gallery is situated in downtown Bournemouth and hosts exhibitions of contemporary artists in the Russell-Cotes gallery space. In Wimborne, there is Walford Mill Crafts, which has a gallery and hosts workshops. Other galleries include ArtSway in New Forest and Westover Gallery in Bournemouth.

Several other spots have occasional events, such as Art Café in Winton. The Pine Walk Exhibition takes place in the lower gardens of Bournemouth and allows local artists and students to display or sell their work.

Touring dance companies, theatre productions and music artists often perform in Bournemouth International Centre and The Pavilion, which are located in Bournemouth town centre. The Lighthouse in Poole is another large venue for these types of performances. AUB students are always involved in these venues through volunteering, collaborating or performing!