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Previous art exhibitions

Exhibitions previously held in the Atrium Art Gallery

SPECTRA - An audio visual installation by Daniel Bell

17 - 19 April 2018

BA Media Production student Daniel Bell presented SPECTRA, an interactive audiovisual installation, with an emphasis on sound and colour, creating a sensory experience; an artistic interpretation of the artist's view on the world, and an expression of how they feel we should approach new concepts in life.

Daniel discovered New Media Art when he studied abroad for a semester at Ryerson University, Toronto. The sound art installation represented the philosophy of exploration the artist has cultivated. To fully explore a concept is to understand it, and to do this one must see every idea, every possibility, as a spectrum.

SPECTRA focused on the contrast and convergence between the human and natural worlds, how they positively and negatively interact, how they are one of the same yet so distinct from each other; analogous. Amalgamating this with the spectrum of noise - noise can be dissected into frequency bands, which all make up the spectrum of noise, described using colour; pink, red, blue, violet. – the artistic creation allows for both spectrums to work together, to become one. The audience explore the piece to journey through the different spectrums, only able to experience the entirety when all are combined. 

Echoes in Space - An audio visual installation by George Fisher

5 - 13 April 2018

In place of a dissertation BA Media Production students were tasked with creating a unique piece of media content of substantial quality and scope. George Fisher directed an installation consisting of space themed audio and visuals; featuring a two minute soundscape for each of the eight planets that reimagines the radio frequencies recorded by NASA’s voyager probes over the past 40 years. These soundscapes featured a mix of the Voyager recordings and George's own original contact microphone recordings, blurring the lines between what is real and what is constructed.

The soundscapes were played through an audio fader interface allowing the viewer to listen to and/or mix and match the audio as they wish. This was coupled with surreal planetary visuals projected into the space.

Research Photography Competition 2018

20 - 29 March 2018

  • This year marked the fourth year of the annual Research Photography Competition at BU. With 31 submissions received from BU academics, students across all levels and professional services. The photography theme this year was 'people'. This was open to interpretation, with photographers choosing to take an image of their research team, show people who might benefit or be affected by the research or even take a point-of-view shot. 
  • Sharing research through photography is a great opportunity to make often complex subjects much more accessible to all. This year over 1,500 people from all over the world voted in the competition, showing the power of images to engage and inspire. The research behind photos this year included areas such as archaeology, dementia and forensic science.

Find out more about the winners on the BU Research microsite:

  • 1st place: Virtual Reality: The best way to train surgeons of the future? - by Shayan Bahadori (Orthopaedic Project Manager) and Mara Catalina Aguilera Canon (Postgraduate Researcher, Faculty of Media and Communication)
  • 2nd place: Soil micro-organisms - by Hai Luu (Postgraduate student, Faculty of Science and Technology)
  • 3rd place: The birth of Carnival U - by Dr Nicole Ferdinand (Senior Lecturer in Events Management) and her MSc Events Management student researchers: Diane Nthurima, Cindy Chen, Taylor Treacy, Desislava Pasheva, Amelia Lonia, Rui Boa, Nguyen Phuong Mai and An Thu Pharm.

Postgraduate Research Showcase 2018

 12-16 March 2018

  • This year the Doctoral College hosted its 10th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference. The popular event provides a valuable platform for postgraduate researchers from across different years and disciplines to present posters and photographs explaining their research projects in a clear, concise and creative way to a public audience.
  • Presentations are judged by members of the University’s research community and prizes are awarded in three different categories. Further information about the conference and details of the winners is available on The Annual Postgraduate Research Conference webpage.

SHOT18: MA Cinematography Photo Exhibition

5-9 March 2018

A photographic exhibition by Faculty of Media & Communication students on the MA Cinematography for Film and Television programme. The exhibition presented images inspired by a series of formative assignments; exploring photographic principles. Students were asked to ‘think outside the box’ experiment and have fun with these exercises. The results speak for themselves, with students producing challenging, ambitious work, further enhancing their cinematography skills. 

Project Vagina

27 November–2 December 2017

  • The Red Luna Artists' Collective presented Project Vagina; an art installation aimed at shedding light on how women navigate their identities through their bodies.
  • In collaboration with Professor Sara Ashencaen Crabtree the exhibition was underpinned by concepts of the self, the gaze and psycho-somatic responses. Using sculpture, film, art, poetry, audience engaged performance and installation the exhibition was both an aesthetic and experiential artistic experiment. 

When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season

25 October - 17 November

  • The exhibition brought together two differing approaches to understanding the magical and unique habitat of the Studland peninsula. Rooted in sensory responses to the natural environment, June Ridgway and Lizzy Short united to discover the scrubland of inland Studland focusing on aspects of the environment, which is dominated by the ulex europaeus (gorse).
  • Using a variety of materials, their work explored this area’s ever changing ambience. Both artists approach their work in different ways with Lizzy Short relying on recording the experience that dictates the outcome, while June Ridgway uses her observations as a stimulus to start a journey which can influence her in what is to be and what could become. By spending time experiencing and working closely alongside each other, they constructed work which is individually different yet intrinsically connected. The exhibition allowed them to home in on the contrasts of each individual practice in order to discover overlapping lines of enquiry. 

The Complete Freedom of Truth

8–22 July 2017

  • The Complete Freedom of Truth is an international youth-led programme with the ambition to develop global youth citizenship through culture and the arts, involving over 600 young people from 12 European countries. TCFT provides creative leadership skills and aims to increase social cohesion and cultural awareness for young people across Europe, including those from disadvantaged social groups. Tolerance, inclusiveness, deeper learning and an understanding of the other is at the heart of the process, which transcends language barriers and creates safe spaces where emancipatory change happens.
  • The project held a two-week residency at BU in August 2016 with over 100 young people, artists, activists and facilitators. Activities included workshops, seminars, creative collaboration, cultural exchange and discussions focussing on resolving today’s economic and social challenges through inclusive dialogue, self-expression, empathy and the arts. To celebrate, GlobalBU TCFT held a new exhibition at BU in July 2017.
  • For more information you can visit The Complete Freedom of Truth website, or read about the BU 2016 residency, including a video animation produced by the project.
  • BU is a key programme partner of TCFT, which was created by the UK charity Opera Circus and funded partly by an EU Erasmus + grant.


15 March–14 July 2017

  • An exhibition of photographs by students on the MA Cinematography for Film and Television programme curated by Mark Bond, Lecturer in Cinematography. The Camera Image Style and Motion unit addressed the core principles of photography in relation to the moving image. The question was how to engage students with these fundamental principles in an approach that was exciting and relevant whilst acknowledging their filmmaking experience.
  • The exhibition represented the culmination of a series of 10 photographic briefs designed as non-assessed formative assignments, encouraging students to engage with these essential photographic skills.
  • Students were asked to ‘think outside the box’ experiment and have fun with these exercises. The resulting work produced was challenging and ambitious, contributing to their cinematography skills, professional competencies and enhancing the visual quality of films produced by the MAMP framework.

Digital Visions: The Garden

7–22 June 2017

  • The Digital Visions exhibition was part of BU lecturer Mark Bond's PhD research "Examining the Impact of Emerging Digital Technology on the Craft of the Cinematographer". His practice led research aims to investigate the evolving role of the cinematographer; to understand how the cinematographer’s professional knowledge, craft skills, artistic creativity and responsibilities been influenced by advances in technology and how this affects his/her role as a lead creative in the production of the moving image for film and television.
  • The Garden has a distinct significance for each person, drawing on childhood memories of imagined worlds; a place to escape rooted in many culture - in our stories, myths and legends. This exhibition is reflexive and asks questions about the fidelity and permanence of the digital medium and the viewer’s spatiotemporal interactions with the digital visualisation of events. 
  • The installation incorporates a short reflective film, shot in the New Forest, complete with associated photographic prints and soundscape. The images explore the destructive processes on trees felled through catastrophic natural phenomena juxtaposed with images of organic decay and decomposition through environmental erosion, fungus and insect attack over time. Perception is challenged, repositioning the viewer to interrogate the different forms of media. The exhibition examines the cinematographic approach to filming in the forest, exploring form and materiality, provoking a dialogue regarding the limitations of a narrative enquiry fixed to a human time scale. 

The Big Dig

3 April–27 May 2017

  • The Big Dig is part of the Durotriges Project which is an archaeological investigation studying the transition from the late Iron Age to the early Roman period in southern England.
  • The fieldwork takes place at Winterborne Kingston in Dorset, one of the best preserved archaeological landscapes in Britain, by students from the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science. The Big Dig exhibition displayed artefacts from BU's archaeological excavations from 2009 - 2016. 

Research Photography Competition 2017

9–22 March 2017

  • BU staff and students took part in this year’s Research Photography Competition to convey the impact of their research in a single image. The images give us just a glimpse into some of the fantastic work our researchers are doing. You can find out who won as well as the stories behind the images on the Research Photography Competition website.

Wrecked at BU

16 January–25 February 2017

  • An exhibition of the current and past projects of the Marine Archaeology department, showcasing the largely student lead projects and diverse nature of maritime archaeology. The exhibit included 3D models, 3D prints, objects from a number of underwater and intertidal sites and both underwater and aerial footage.

Photography Exhibition: Through the Lens of a Doctor

13–16 December 2016

  • In this project, GPs were asked to carry a camera with them wherever they went and to be prepared to photograph scenes that attracted their attention with an intuitive ‘tap on the shoulder’. The doctors were then asked to examine 4-5 of the resulting photographs and, in group discussions and reflective prose, to reflect on aspects of the photographs that appeared relevant to their professional lives. This project was run as a collaboration between the Dorset GP training scheme and a photographic artist, Rutherford, Programme Leader of MA Advertising at Bournemouth University.

Icons of the 20th Century: Sculptures, Words & Drawings

19 October–10 November 2016

  • This exhibition of wood and clay sculptures explored popular mythology, cultural fame and political leadership across the 20th century. Looking back over the last century, the exhibition questioned how we represented our political, cultural and spiritual leaders.
  • BU Chaplain Bill Merrington portrays individuals who had a significant effect upon their communities: from spiritual and political leaders like Gandhi, to popular culture icons such as the Beatles, to figures of authority and the state like Queen Elizabeth II and those of compassion and deity, such as mother Teresa.
  • These portraits raise questions of what makes a popular icon and why we choose certain individuals to follow, admire, and revere, seeking to question who and how we celebrated across the 20th century.

A Conversation

21 March–22 April

  • British Red Cross in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole, organised a series of drawing workshops with a group of 14 budding artists, most of whom come from refugee backgrounds. Following the three workshops with South West Artwork’s artist Peter Sheridan, a selection of their artwork was displayed in Lighthouse, Poole. The overall aims of the art project were to improve their drawing skills and develop relationships in the Bournemouth and Poole art community. The Atrium Arts Gallery exhibited a selection of these drawings.
  • The participants were free to choose their subject matter and for many this was a first attempt at formal drawing. The pieces illustrate a mixture of coloured and black and white drawings that engage the viewer on a variety of topics, some political and other every day occurrences.


2226 February 2016

  • An exhibition of photographs produced by the students of the MA Cinematography for Film and Television programme; In the first unit - Camera: Image Style and Motion, students examined the basic principals of photography to encourage a deeper understanding of the constructs of the moving image.
  • Students explored aspects of the still frame image through a series of ten photographic briefs which encouraged them to ‘think outside the box’ experiment and have fun with these exercises. 

Research Photography Exhibition 2016

817 February 2016

  • The Research Photography Competition is run annually and gives academics and postgraduate research students the chance to work alongside undergraduates to tell the story of their research in an image.
  • For more information about the competition visit the Research website or view the highlights of last year’s Research Photography Competition.

The HeART of Stroke

2529 January 2016

  • The HeART of Stroke study was a feasibility study related to the use of Art and Health groups with people following a stroke. The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and aimed to support self-confidence and psychological wellbeing. Find out more about the study.
  • When using an Arts for Health (AfH) approach, people are supported in small groups to feel safe to express themselves through creative activity working alongside an artist. This allows people to express themselves without words. The artworks displayed were by stroke patients who are all participants of the study.

Affective Bodies

911 December 2015

  • Affective Bodies was an artistic exhibition curated by four third year BA Digital Media Design students as part of their creative dissertation work on materiality, bodies, identity and the obsolescence of technology.
  • The exhibition served a research process; integrating the practical aspect of co-curating and exhibiting their own work as a group, with the theoretical side of the dissertation project.

The Way We Live Now by JAIO

10–21 November 2015

  • A fine art and illustration exhibition which explored the thoughts and experiences of a diverse range of people observed, encountered and worked alongside by the artists. The exhibition provided an interactive springboard and invited you to reflect, question and voice your individual responses to the challenge of whether art is a voice when words fail.
  • Throughout the process of capturing snapshots through abstracts, portraiture, collage, manga and monochrome, both artists discovered new levels of reflection, mood and emotions revealed in the lives and narratives portrayed in their work.

The CMC Department; What We Do and Why It Matters

1225 October 2015

  • The exhibition highlighted how the CMC academic group successfully integrates education, research, and professional practice in support of the BU Fusion agenda.
  • The CMC group has one of the strongest research profiles in the University due to its research centres such as the Emerging Consumer Cultures Group, the Public Relations Research Group, the Politics and Media Research Group and the Latin America Research Group – all of which are important hubs of international activity in their respective fields

Our Contrasting Coast

530 September 2015

  • A photographic interpretation of the way we use our local coast and further afield. Taken over a twelve month period by BU staff members Mandi Tinglert and Elizabeth Challis.
  • Images were chosen to portray the constantly changing lights, events, people and nature during the various seasons and throughout the day.

BA English: Children's Literature Academic Posters

3–20 July 2015

  • A a selection of second-year work in which students were asked to explore an academic question via the medium of an academic conference poster. Such posters are a familiar feature of conferences, and various other events use posters to communicate information.

BLAST Exhibition

30 May–20 June 2015

  • BLAST (Bournemouth Lab of Art, Science & Technology) addresses a growing need for meaningful interaction across disciplines by providing an innovative program of workshops, events and informal discussions, fostering dynamic exchanges of experience and ideas.
  • The exhibition and associated program of events celebrated and reinforced the exceptional achievements from contemporary artists, scientists and technologists. As well as demonstrating the value of art as a catalyst for negotiating the complexities of rapid, technologically complex, social and ecological change.

The Photograph as Surface: Submarines by Rutherford

13 April–8 May 2015

  • In 'The Photograph as Surface' series Rutherford explored the camera's 'view' of the world by photographing juxtaposed planes and reflections distorted in, and by, the topography of 3-dimensional surfaces.
  • 'Submarines' introduces the reflective-refractive properties of water. The photographer introduced additional variables in an effort to further reduce the control over the final image; capturing subjects in motion underwater, using a range of digital cameras, and the ways in which the camera interpreted, flattened and rendered the resulting succession of 2-dimensional 'surfaces'.​

Contingencies Sound Art Exhibition

13 February27 March 2015

  • The Contingencies Series presented a sound art exhibition which reflected upon contingency: A future event or circumstance which is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty, The condition of being dependent on chance; uncertainty, Something incidental to something else.
  • The exhibition featured a newly commissioned site-specific installation by John Wynne, as well as installations by Antonio Della Marina and Angelo Petronella.

The Brick Wall and Beyond by Rehan Zia

17 January–7 February 2015

  • The landscape photography and research practice exhibition is based on the artist's interpretation of the British landscape as he imagined it to be as a child. The process blended different photographic exposures of the same scene allowing the artist to mould the light and textures to achieve the desired aesthetic.
  • The exhibition provided a context for the artists' "brick wall project" in the questions it generates about best practice in high dynamic range landscape photography.