Arts By The Sea Festival
September 27 @ 8:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pmFree
Arts by the Sea was launched by BCP Council in 2011 and has grown from strength to strength, becoming an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2015. The festival is Bournemouth’s annual celebration of art, culture, people and place, through which we strive to enhance a sense of community and raise Bournemouth’s profile on a national scale as a leader in culture.
Our festival is an intriguing, exciting and unique carnivalesque celebration of art across many forms. Participatory experience, diverse music, art and dance, site-specific installations and large-scale spectaculars in Bournemouth’s beautiful locations are key to our programme of events.
We aim to increase opportunities for people to participate in the arts, incorporating experiences that offer depth, insight and excitement for our audience. We value work that can make a strong impact on our audience and our town, supporting artistic work that is relevant, connects with and is meaningful to our audience. Inclusivity, accessibility and diversity are at the heart of Arts by the Sea and we value talent and high quality work supporting emerging and established artists.
As a festival that takes place in a coastal location of outstanding natural beauty, we recognise in the importance of safeguarding our natural environment and are working hard to reduce our impact on the environment.
The festival is funded by BCP Council and Arts Council England and produced by the Cultural Development and Tourism Events teams at BCP Council, under Festival Director Andrea Francis. Curation of artistic content is provided by From The Fields and Marketing from HotShot Creative Agency.
From the Fields
From the Fields Ltd provides bespoke curation services to festival clients, programming Arts by the Sea since 2016 under the artistic leadership of Creative Director Dr Roxy Robinson.
From the Fields Ltd is a passionate collection of producers, bookers and marketers with a strong record of delivering award-winning and critically acclaimed programmes. The company name references its roots in the green-field festival scene, where it has established an exemplary reputation from organising flagship events Kendal Calling (capacity 25,000) and the science, music and culture mashup Bluedot (capacity 15,000).
FTF has worked on an extensive range of creative projects, from town centre parades through to projection mapping the Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, not to mention its musical curation – which has included Manic Street Preachers, the Stereophonics, the Chemical Brothers, Sigur Ros, Snoop Dogg, Mumford and Sons, The Pixies, Orbital, Blondie and Dizzee Rascal.
2019 THEME: Is modern life conducive to a positive state of mind?
Today’s modern society which brings great social and technological advances, also brings with it even greater social pressures. Despite the UK’s status as one of the richest and most secure countries in the World, and a steadily increasing level of awareness about the importance of mental health, 1 in 4 of people in the UK will be affected by depression, anxiety and other mental health problems at some point in their life.
While life is arguably far easier than it was 50 years ago, mental illness is on the rise. Excessive workloads and pressures in the workplace have also led to the claim that the UK is experiencing a stress “epidemic”. The emergence of social media, which is particularly popular with young people and brings the desire to keep up with this ‘perfect’ unattainable image displayed on social platforms is at the forefront of mental health issues among the younger generation. Despite this, talking about mental health issues is still heavily stigmatised, and in many societies around the world, remains a taboo subject.
An increasing body of research has, however, found that there are practical ways in which all of us can engage with the issue of mental health for the wellbeing of ourselves and others. There have been five key ways identified, which are: 1. Connect, 2. Be Active, 3. Take Notice, 4. Keep Learning, and 5. Give.
In 2019 Arts by the Sea aims to utilise these five key wellbeing points as anchors to help produce an event that highlights some of these stigmas and taboos around mental health, with a wide range of community projects and creative commissions that aim to leave a lasting legacy for Bournemouth and the surrounding areas, promoting wellbeing in all its forms.
Through the 2019 programming strand, Mind Matter, we aim to explore and challenge current attitudes towards mental health and spark conversations through artwork and installations inspired or influenced by mental health issues and experiences.