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Preview: Arts by the Sea Festival – submit your ideas now!

Bournemouth is a cultural hub loved and revered across the UK. With awe-inspiring scenic backdrops to inspire, plus plenty of community groups and workshops to support those talented types, it’s no wonder the Arts by the Sea Festival is one of the highlights of our summer calendar.

There is still time to submit your own work via the organisers’ open call, which actively encourages local creatives to showcase their wares to a larger stage. Last year, more than 127,000 art lovers surged to the opening weekend.

Successful applicants will receive funding, publicity around their commission, and support from the festival’s production team, and Creative Producer, to realise their idea. Everything from portraits to paintings to elaborate light installations form the festival’s eclectic programme.

This year, the theme is ‘Mind Matter’, using art to explore the complexities of mental health in the modern age. There is no particular set brief but ambitious artists are encouraged to consider light installations that work day AND night within the stunning backdrop of Bournemouth Gardens and the beach.

Cultural Development Manager at Bournemouth Borough Council and Festival Director, Andrea Francis, said: “We’re so lucky to be able to host the festival in Bournemouth’s unique and beautiful outdoor locations which inspire some of the artwork on show. Artists still have a chance to apply to our Open Call for Commissions and create something new for 2019. This excellent opportunity closes on April 1 2019 so don’t miss out.”

Taking place from September 27 to 29, Arts by the Sea 2019 presents an intriguing, lively and truly unique exploration of arts and culture. Keep an eye out for more announcements coming soon.

To apply, visit the Arts by the Sea website before April  1 2019 www.artsbythesea.co.uk.




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