The Great Exhibition of Boscombe 2015
7th October 2015
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About The Exhibition

Events for 2015 will held from 24th – 31st October.

The Great Exhibition of Boscombe was born as a fringe event to the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival in 2013, to give local, young and emerging artists a platform from which to show case their talents, highlighting our heritage, galleries, creative spaces, pop ups, performance and live art throughout Boscombe.

Their ever expanding network of local industry experts includes artists, designers, IT specialists, marketeers, performers, entrepreneurs, community leaders and mentors, who form an energetic team of passionate and enthusiastic role models for our next creative generation.

The event engages the whole community, supports local business and economy and creates lasting collaborations and memories. All year round they support the local arts scene, deliver the Arts Award and offer pop up and a host of opportunities.

The Exhibition's Events


. Boscombe Art Trail: Weave your way along the art trail of public art, quirky places, pop up exhibitions and performances.

. Little Shop of Historical Horrors: Pop up history shop! Interactive little curiosity corner delivering surprises and fascinating facts about Boscombe (Royal Arcade).

. Dance Workshops & Battles: Join their free dance workshops and battles for all ages. Visit for details.

. Boscombe Life Drawing: Pop up Boscombe Life Drawing workshops and exhibition. Learn this wonderful art with artists at all levels (Sovereign Centre).

. Pop Up Fine Art: A fine art gallery and working studio pop up with local artists in residence. A place where artists mingle (Sovereign Centre).

. Pop Up Photography: A sleek pop up collaboration of local photographers (Sovereign Centre).

. History Research Sessions: What's the history of your family/home/school/office/street? Research sessions where findings can be recorded in your own creative way and exhibited (Boscombe Library).

. What's Your Story? Oral histories recording local stories of local people. Leave a legacy by recording your Boscombe story. Build an archive in partnership with Dorset History Centre (Held at the Old School House).

. Recall: Installation piece reflecting aspects of local history (Old School House). 


. Cinema - On the Roof (24 & 25 October): Open air roof top cinema. For film titles and more details visit

. A Little Tour of Boscombe: Free guided immersive theatre history tours where you will meet Elsie and Eliza from days of bygone Boscombe. Discover underground stories and long kept stories! (Police Box - Meet at midday).

. Halloween History (31 October): Celebrate Halloween in style with ghosts, zombies, and ghouls roaming the streets! Discover Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and fascinating local history. Free workshops, street entertainment, tricks and treats and treasure hunts (High Street, Sovereign Centre & Royal Arcade).

. Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (15 Oct - 01 Nov): The Great Exhibition of Boscombe is brought to you in association with Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe. Bournemouth's biggest open access arts festival, giving you even more chances to discover great local art across the whole of Bournemouth.


. B Smartist Launch Exhibition (24 October): Exhibition and networking event for local artistscreatives (Held at Sugar & Spice).

. Street Art Workshops (24 & 31 October): Live urban art battles, workshops, all outdoors.

. Outside-In Children's Workshops (24 & 31 October): Free children's eco creative arts and crafts workshops with locally forages and recycled materials (Sovereign Centre).

. Street Performance (24 & 31 October): Dancing, juggling, singing and general merriment.

. Arts & Craft Market (24 & 31 October): Arts and craft market, pop up arts and craft stalls and resident artists (High Street and Sovereign centre).

. Hip Hop - On the Roof (31 October): Peace, Unity, Love and Having Fun. Big beats and showcasing DJ MC. Graffiti & Breakin by international and local talent (Sovereign Centre Roof).

. Halloween After Party (31 October): Come down to the Salt Cellar for late night Great Exhibition Halloween and wrap party! (Held at Sugar & Spice).

Contact The Great Exhibition of Boscombe


If you would like to be involved in their fabulous events, in any way, please do drop them a line, the team love hearing from you.


They are always looking to engage local artists, so if they haven't found you already, please tell them, the team don't want to miss anyone out!

Volunteering at their events is guaranteed fun. They have a brilliant team of like minded positive folks, and if you would like to help them, they would love you to!







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