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Exhibitions & events

Interested in becoming an exhibitor?

The Atrium Gallery is available to exhibit your research, or work generated by your professional and personal interests. Contact the team for more information on how to book our spaces.

View our Previous art exhibitions page to see the variety of work which has been on display in the Gallery.

Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Breastfeed - Portraits with Purpose: 7 March – 1 May 2020

Leanne Pearce - Breastfeed: Portraits with Purpose art exhibition

Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot Campus - open to all.

This exhibition is the product of a programme by Leanne Pearce Billinghurst to help celebrate and normalise breastfeeding in communities with low breastfeeding rates.

Having started a family of her own, Leanne has plunged herself headlong into the all-consuming, compelling and exceptionally lively world of babies and children. Her own breastfeeding experience ignited a desire to further understand the breastfeeding experiences of other women. These women and their breastfeeding journeys have served as an inspiration for her work.

This exhibition is a celebration of breastfeeding and serves to explore various aspects of breast feeding, especially in British Society. Leanne’s portraits reflect the colourful character and beaming energy that emanate from each of her subjects. The work is large scale, vibrant and fresh with each and every portrait a testament to the unique passionate story of what breastfeeding means to the woman and her children.

Leanne has created this new series of portraits with purpose, alongside a booklet about breastfeeding and the journeys of a broad cross section of mothers. She is now working in collaboration with Dr.Minesh Khashu on the exhibition at BU, and together they have devised a programme of events to run along with the exhibition.

This collection of artworks has been exhibited in community venues and galleries across the country to stimulate discussions about various aspects of breastfeeding explore different perspectives and inform and educate the British public about the benefits of breastfeeding. The participants involved showcase the empowerment and celebration that breastfeeding was for them.

To find out more

Leanne Pearce - Breastfeed: Portraits with Purpose art exhibition

In association with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at Bournemouth University:

Dr Minesh Khashu
Consultant Neonatologist/Prof. of Perinatal Health HSS

Edwin van Teijlingen
Professor Of Reproductive Health, HSS

Dr Alison Taylor
Programme Lead for Midwifery
​Senior Lecturer in Midwifery & Infant Feeding Lead, HSS

Jumping in: Transgender and non-binary swimming LGBT+ Art Exhibition: 6 January – 27 March 2020

Lees Gallery, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus - open to all.

Transgender people’s stories are sometimes lost during LGBT History Month (February). This LGBT+ art exhibition is about how a Bournemouth-based transgender social group participates in swimming, a physical activity that can be daunting because of the display of the body. Swimming and aquatic activity have positive mental and physical health benefits (Swim England, 2017). And yet, physical activity and sport can be unwelcoming to LGBT+ participants.

A Pride Sports study in 2016 showed that homophobic and transphobic language, and the acceptance of homophobic and transphobic banter continue to pervade physical activity and sport environments. The exhibition’s artwork shows Communi-T members’ positive and negative experiences of swimming and aquatic activity.

Curated by Jayne Caudwell. The exhibition materials and the swim sessions were funded by Leisure Studies Association.

Flock! Exhibition: 6 January – 28 February 2020

Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot Campus - open to all.

Flock is ubiquitous. It is an important surface treatment that can be described as short monofilament fibres (flock) applied to adhesive coated surfaces. Flock is widely used in a variety of different contexts and it has a number of key qualities and benefits that make it enduring and endearing. Whilst often mistaken as velvet and referred to as ‘fuzzy’, flock is important and is not to be underestimated. Flock can help make our lives more comfortable, colourful and happy.

Flock can be applied to an array of surfaces, for example furniture, wallpaper, books, toys, car dashboards and clothing. Flock has many qualities – it can provide a luxury finish; it has sound deadening qualities; it can protect; it can provide an intricate and appealing decorative surface; it can aid the grip of an object; it can look and feel good.

The Flock! exhibition, curated by Dr Kirsten Hardie, explores the diverse and dynamic uses of flock across a range of contexts including interior design, fashion, publishing, packaging and the automotive industry. The exhibition considers the importance of flock through a colourful showcase of engaging and intriguing historical and contemporary exhibits. Flock! aims to inform and surprise and provides a multisensory appreciation of flock – some items are to be touched so visitors can enjoy flock’s furry qualities.

The exhibition showcases some wonderful examples of flock designs – a rich array of designs where flock is key to their use and appeal. Exhibits include: wallpaper designs from leading companies such as Graham and Brown; Cole and Sons; and designs by the designer Barbara Hulanicki; children’s books including the DK Braille Animals book, 2016; greetings cards, fashion items, jewellery; kitsch; and wider design examples.

Enjoy the delights of flock!

Breaking Ground: Female Archaeologists at Avebury - 28 October - 11 December 2019

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Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot Campus - open to all.

Last year this exhibition marked the 100 year anniversary of some women gaining the right to vote in Britain. It brings to light the contributions made by female archaeologists in the twentieth century at Avebury’s Stone Circles & Henge, National Trust World Heritage Site and the wider archaeology field.

Curated by BU's Damian Evans and Bethan Bailey. Staff and students in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bournemouth University have had a long and fruitful association with the Avebury WHS, and worked closely with National Trust staff and with many farmers and landowners who have kindly facilitated surveys and investigations.

A selection of objects from the Alexander Keiller Museum’s collection have been scanned and 3D printed for this exhibition, part of an MRes project by Bethan Bailey to investigate how archaeological objects can be made accessible to people with mobility difficulties.

Out in the landscape of Avebury, BU has been involved in several projects, including:

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Extensive Geophysical Surveys
Discovery and plotting of many previously unrecognized sites in partnership with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institute and the National Trust.

Between the Monuments / Living with the monuments
Investigating the character of human settlement in the Avebury landscape, Arts and Humanities Research Council funded collaboration.

Virtual Avebury
A 3D fully immersive VR simulation of prehistoric Avebury allows participants inside the model to experience the site as never before. Collaborative project with BU, National Trust Daden Ltd and Satsymph, funded by AHRC/ Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Human Henge at Avebury
A multi-disciplinary Heritage Lottery Fund project investigating the value of historic landscapes as a way of the enhancing mental health well-being of people with long-term mental health issues.

The Breaking Ground exhibition was created by the Alexander Keiller Museum in Avebury who have kindly loaned it to the University for display. It has been produced in association with the National Trust and TrowelBlazers. We are delighted to host this celebrative exhibition; it will be on display in the Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot campus until 11 December 2019.

Landscapes on the Cusp of the Real and the Fantastic: 19 August - 20 December 2019

Rehan Zia artwork - Corfe Castle

Lees Gallery, Poole House, Talbot Campus - open to all.

Photography by Rehan Zia, exploring the meaning of digital photography in the context of multi-shot and contemporary digital techniques.

This photographic exhibition forms part of the artist’s PhD thesis assessment display and has been created using multiple exposures; high dynamic range photography using different exposures which has allowed for a greater range of scene tones to be captured.

Using the following techniques has enabled the artist to create beautiful real time landscape images that have a sense of the fantasy about them.

Focus Stacking: allows for all scene elements from the foreground to the background to render in focus.

Digital Panorama Stitching: allows for capturing a larger part of the scene with minimal distortion and in higher resolution as opposed to a single wide-angle shot.

Multi-shot: nature of these techniques can create issues of ghosting where scene elements do not line up across the different exposures given the movement in the scene. 

Hybrid workflow: developed by the artist allows for the capture of greater scene detail, and, greater flexibility to craft the look of the image in line with the look conceived in the mind’s eye whilst minimising ghosting and other lens and camera artifacts.

Rehan Zia artwork

Whilst these are photographs of real world environments, the scene details and the look can only be revealed through the camera and cannot be experienced by the naked eye. The tones, colour, exposure and contrast have been enhanced to create a look that lies on the cusp of realism and fantasy and blurs the line between landscape photography and painting. In doing so, the practice explores the meaning of the digital photograph itself in the context of multi-shot photography and contemporary digital photography techniques.

Rehan Zia is lecturer in Computer Animation and Visual Effects at the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), Bournemouth University. Growing up with the impressions of the British landscape based on the tales of Robin Hood and King Arthur, and, the paintings of Constable and Turner, Rehan still visualises the British landscape based on his childhood memories and extends it to other locations as well. These fantasy environments contain a sense of escapism, fantasy and romance – a world of peace far from the harsh realities of the real world but just as real.

For more information, details and updates, you can contact Rehan at:

Inner Worlds…go with the flow: 12 August - 18 December 2019

Inner Worlds artwork - The Rebel

Staff Centre, Poole House, Talbot Campus - staff access only.

Wax painting exhibition by Sarah, depicting the energies of stories expressed through intuitive tarot.

This exhibition is an artist in residency with Sarah installing a series of 21 wax painting over the period of four months. She will be adding to the original five paintings each month to build the collection so do come back and view the work as it grows.

The medium used was prompted by an enquiry into the typical energies of stories expressed through the reading of tarot. Obviously you can ‘ask’ the tarot what you like, although it is in fact a vehicle for exposing what you already know. And so the inherent fluidity and meditative quality of my painting style shares this idea of ‘exposing’ and ‘allowing’ the truth of the painted image to reveal itself. The pictures have a life of their own in the way that the wax melts to make an image appear and, a bit like tarot or archetypes, you have to put aside judging what occurs as right or wrong and view the colour and form with a detached perspective before you can recognise what is presenting in the painting.

Sarah: Encaustic Artist
Sarah is a self-taught encaustic artist, working with melted coloured beeswax. Encaustic painting is one of the world's oldest art forms. The earliest applications of encaustic wax paint were done by the artists of Ancient Greece using wax paint to adorn sculptures, murals, boats, and even architecture. "I discovered how to work these materials in my early life as an artist. My style has developed out of curiosity for the medium and a love of allowing the materials to guide how a picture unfolds. The waxes are melted, and spread across coated paper (similar to photographic paper) and a variety of hot tools are employed to add detail. Working in this way involves the ability to literally ‘go with the flow’; each piece is unique, an image reveals itself through the forms, patterns and colour that present. There is an aspect of ‘alchemy’ with the use of heat, fire, fluidity and so transformation."

See more events

- Feb

Flock! Exhibition

The exhibition considers the importance of flock through a colourful showcase of engaging and intriguing historical and contemporary exhibits.

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