About Us

who we are

We are an independent creative community based in Bournemouth

What we do

  • we run a festival, but we are more than a festival
  • we work all year round to create opportunities for artists and audiences
  • we give voice to our diverse community
  • we find and encourage the next generation of artists and arts champions
  • we work at the heart of our communities to find new audiences
  • we work with local businesses to develop a thriving communit
  • we inspire the creative community with our fresh collaborative approach

How we do it

  • we commission and co-create new work
  • we find affordable places in which to experiment, exhibit, perform and stage events
  • we spark creative development
  • we create opportunities for freelancers, volunteers and people who want to work in the arts

Why we do it

  • generosity, passion and kindness is at the core of everything we do
  • we want to give people a voice – because we believe everyone has a right to be seen and heard within our community
  • we want to open doors for people – because we believe in a world where there are no barriers
  • we want our community to shape our culture – because we believe that culture changes communities

BEAF 2019 Impact Report

Our latest impact report has been published. It’s a pdf, it will open in a brower window but you can download it to read later.


Find out about our annual festival.


Working all year to create new projects.

Artist Support

Do you need support with your creative practice?

Meet The Beaf Team

Carol Maund


Carol believes passionately in quality arts in the community and opening up opportunities for young people. She works inclusively and collaboratively and is the Queen of Scheme

Nell Leyshon
Title Nell is a playwright and novelist and has lived in Bournemouth for 28 years. She runs The Outsiders Project, part of BEAF, and is Deputy Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe
Chris Anderton
Title Chris is Production Manager for BEAF and also tries to keep the BEAF team organised. He even created this webpage.
Natasha Player
Title Natasha Player is a Creative Changemaker consultant supporting ogranisations, venues and businesses to create cultural shifts. Working with organisations such as locally Umoja Arts Network and nationally ‘Without Walls’ to increase diversity and inclusion in the arts. Natasha loves data but loves people even more!
Laura Mulhern
Title Laura is an arts marketing specialist and manages the BEAF marketing and comms, including cooking up the BEAF Stew each week! She also works as a creative business mentor for artists across the UK through her own venture Plan Make Do. She also has a soft spot for beaches, dogs and Jaffa Cakes.
Victoria Pirie
Title Victoria runs BEAF Festival evaluation. She also runs Pomegranate consultancy and has lived locally for 30 years. Victoria likes questionnaires
Lucy Turner
Title Lucy runs volunteer training sessions for BEAF along with Caroline Johnson. She is an animation lecturer on AUB foundation and a freelance producer for eclectic media projects
Nicola Sadler
Title Nicola is a recent graduate from Creative Events Management at AUB. Assistant to Laura and planner of all things social
Quianna Maw
Title Quianna is a Creative Events Management Graduate from AUB. She’s assisting multiple members of the team in what ever tasks they cook up!
Harriet Uren
Title Harri is a recent Creative Events Management graduate from AUB, and works within the marketing team on all things social media.
Morven Shortt
Title Morven is a Contemporary Artist, using waste to create sculptures and installations and is currently studying for a PhD in Fine Art. Within BEAF Morven works to develop and curate spaces for exhibition, the mentoring of applicants and students and promoting art within the Bournemouth area.
Jo Billingham
Title Jo is a director and theatre practitioner originally from the Midlands and now based in Bournemouth. She is an assistant on The Outsiders Project, and enjoys working with emerging artists on the development of new work.
Colin Phillimore
Title As a freelance creative Colin works across art forms with other local partners. He’s a performance poet, works in site specific theatre and street theatre, delivering ACE and NHLF funded projects
Ninon Leyshon
Title Ninon is trained in drama. She works as an assistant on The Outsiders Project, and helps support the artists and the team. She loves text work and helping develop big plans.
Hanh Hoang
Title Though worked in the science sector for most of her life, Art has always been in her heart with a passion for Argentine Tango as a dancer and teacher. Hanh now runs and organise dance club & festivals both local and internationally.
Deena Jackman
Title Deena is a multidisciplinary sonic artist, musician and general soundnerd. She composes for mixed media including theatre and film. Deena produces podcasts, music and audio content for The Outsiders Project.
Krishna Malla
Title Krishna Malla aka Tech Moon is a professional street artist from Cornwall. A trained Illustrator and visiting tutor at the AUB, Krishna found his artistic feet painting large scale murals across the UK. His work is often underpinned by a love for wildlife and experiments in realism.
Nat Cook
Title Freelance visual artist, designer and art director. Nat has worked with a host of brands from Lush to Vans and now resides with BEAF. She loves working on large scale installations, big bold and brash graphics with punchy colours to match. When she’s not working with beaf she’s designing, illustrating and selling prints.