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BEAF sets diversity brief for AUB students

Connect is a virtual exhibition, borne from a brief set by us for the 2nd year  Creative Event Management students at Arts University Bournemouth. We caught up with BEAF team member Quianna Maw to see how it went:

Connect - a virtual exhibition curated by AUB Creative Event Management students
Connect – a virtual exhibition curated by AUB Creative Event Management students 

Tell us a bit more about the Connect project and its aims…

Connect is a virtual exhibition created by Arts University Bournemouth Creative Events Management (CEM) students for their 2nd year ‘Client Live Brief’ event.

The university is made up of staff and students who come from over 60 different countries. BEAF, who regularly act as a ‘client’, set a brief for the students to come up with an idea that would celebrate this amazing diverse creative community.

Set with the task, the group of CEM students developed an online exhibition giving recognition to the challenges that many of these students are dealing with in today’s multi-cultural world. The main goal was to provide a platform to showcase work inspired by their lived experiences.

Students from all the creative courses were invited to submit work for the online exhibition and from the submissions, two were selected to showcase their work at the BEAF festival, with BEAF Team also providing mentoring and support and a £100 prize!

BEAF regularly acts a ‘client’ for Creative Events Management students for their 2nd year live event project. As a past student, how do the students respond to this opportunity? 

Enlighten by exhibition winner Tanje Zimba

Really well! The Creative Events Management course has a strong connection with BEAF and it offers many of the students work placements, volunteering opportunities and the chance to develop real live events. Students often continue working with the organisation long after the placement ends! I am an example of this having been offered a placement in 2018 and am still here!

BEAF is a great client as it offers lots of ways for students to get involved in the creative scene in Bournemouth. This helps students find out what is going on and to show that staying here after graduation is a great option!

Each year, as part of their course, second-year CEM students are given a brief from a real-life client and are expected to deliver a professional event. This is a really exciting time for them as it makes all the theoretical work they have done – real!

What support have you been offering this year’s students specifically for their ‘client brief’?

I was a student on this course and graduated in 2019 so I offered some emotional support and enthusiasm. We’ve all worked to briefs that stump us or we may not be enthusiastic about, yet we still have to work through them to do the job! So providing support through their peaks and troughs of enthusiasm was crucial.

Another way I supported was to give them guidance on things like who to contact to get the event to happen during the current COVID restrictions. Marketing, for example could not be done in the same way as previous years due to there not being loads of students on campus, or parties to attend! – so social media tips, judge recommendations, and email suggestions were key to this event being a success.

Who were the winners – and what do they win?

The winners were Saule Dominaite and Tanje Zimba who were selected by two judges, Louise Hall, the current AUB Student Union President and Nkech Nwokolo, artist, writer and performer.

The winners are receiving a money can’t buy prize – plus money! (what more could you want?) As well as a cash prize of £100, each will receive mentoring and support by the BEAF Team to create a showcase of their work at the BEAF 2021 festival.

Where can we see the exhibition?

Visit the Connect virtual exhibition here and join us next time as we meet the two winners and their work, which will feature in the BEAF 2021 festival this year!
You can also follow updates from the Connect team on Instagram here
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William Kentridge inspires BEAF 2021

William Kentridge inspires BEAF 2021

 

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William Kentridge’s Other Faces

We have shared our ideas, asked for your thoughts and now we want to introduce William Kentridge, and share why his work ‘Other Faces’ was the inspiration behind this years festival theme 2B Human. We are honoured and excited to be exhibiting ‘Other Faces’ during the 2021 festival.

sharing personal stories linked to the complexity of existence, to uncertainty and to broader reflections on the human condition

 2B Human

For BEAF 2021 Artists we set the theme of what it means to be human.  The theme was introduced through the words of visionary artist William Kentridge, which provided a starting point for ideas and motivations for proposals. We were also particularly interested in proposals which involve community engagement, or from practitioners who work in socially engaged practice.

Who is William Kentridge?

William Kentridge drawing
William Kentridge drawing

William Kentridge is one of the world’s greatest living artists. Born in Johannesburg to lawyers well-known for representing people marginalised by the apartheid. Kentridge has had an expansive career which has seen him design opera sets, stage multi-disciplinary performances and create hard-hitting and poignant drawings and animations.

Kentridge grew up amidst the racial turmoil in South Africa. It is this racial tension which informs his art. His work explores the legacy of apartheid, as well as the human condition, and the ever-repeating cycles of history and memory.

“Drawing is about fluidity and testing ideas”

Kentridge only ever draws in charcoal with touches of blue and red pastel.  His drawings are then progressively altered through erasure and overdrawing, and given a few seconds on a 35 mm film camera.

Other Faces

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A still from William Kentridge’s Other Faces animation

‘Other Faces’ is Kentridge’s latest foray into cinematic animation. It sees the return of character Soho Eckstein. A character from previous films who is a Caucasian industrialist and land developer living in post-apartheid South Africa.

This film is the newest addition to the artist’s Drawings for Projection series which began in 1989 with Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City after Paris. The film attempts to narrate the socio-political traumas experienced by individuals in the wake of apartheid and civil war.

Eckstein’s story in Other Faces begins when is involved in a car accident with a black preacher in front of a black African church in downtown Johannesburg.  Kentridge oscillates the narrative between the event and Eckstein’s thoughts using his unique style of animation.  The music, provided by fellow South African Philip Miller, evokes another layer of pathos, as Eckstein’s story unfolds.

 

BEAF 2021

You will be able to see ‘Other Faces’ between 29th June – 6th July at this years festival.

If you are inspired by William Kentridge and our theme 2B Human, there is still time to send us your open submissions application HERE  and join us for BEAF 2021!

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BEAF Introduces: Seeking Refuge

Introducing Seeking Refuge, Caroline & the photographers.

“Forced migration is a pressing issue in the modern world. It is an issue which we usually view from afar”

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This week we chatted to Caroline Beale Johnson about the incredible work her project Seeking Refuge is undertaking and of course, asked her what it means to be human.

Seeking Refuge is a photographic project that will use images and words arising from the lives of refugees and migrants currently seeking asylum and living in Bournemouth. For this project Caroline has selected and is working with photographers to provide an insight into the lives of the displaced migrant community.

“Refugee is just a word we use without thinking about the stories.”

How did the project begin? What was your motivation?

After spending several years in the world of photography and working on many different projects I realised I was most inspired by photography for good.

Forced migration is a pressing issue in the modern world. It is an issue which we usually view from afar. There is still a huge misconception within the mainstream media about forced migration and why refugees and migrants are fleeing to our shores.

Much of these discussions imply that these people are risking their lives and leaving everything they have, just for our benefits system. There is a need to challenge these misconceptions and tell the true stories behind these unimaginable decisions. Refugee is just a word we use without thinking about the stories.

“Without the umbrella of BEAF the project wouldn’t have received funding”

How has BEAF helped the project development?

Picture of Bournemouth Beach with two deckchairsIncredibly! Without the umbrella of BEAF the project wouldn’t have received funding, which allowed us to take the first steps towards the project’s reality. Through the support of BEAF we were able to gain funding for our photographers. Securing our photographers in the early stages has been crucial to the continuing development of the project.

As with most projects, Covid has provided us with delays, meaning the project is not where we had hoped at this moment. However, BEAF is enabling us to have somewhere to show our work even in its smaller capacity.

“We will be able to reveal the lives of refugees and migrants, not from afar, but from the inside.”

How do you picture the project connecting with the community?

There are many charities out there doing amazing work and providing support for refugees and their families. We are currently working with the International Care Network, specifically their Bournemouth branch. ICN work extremely hard to build trust with refugees in the community and they have been an incredible liaison for us.

When restrictions allow, we have plans to hold creative workshops with refugee families and ICN. These workshops will be a vital part of the project and the relationships between our photographers and the refugee families. We hope to be able to work with the children to make pinhole cameras. Through this, we will be able to reveal the lives of refugees and migrants, not from afar, but from the inside.

“They can’t wait to see each other in real life”

How are the relationships between the photographers and the refugee’s developing? 

Before the first lockdown came into place the photographers and the refugees were able to meet in person with the help of ICN. Unfortunately, when lockdown hit they were forced to chat virtually which has obviously made building relationships harder. The lack of body language has been a challenge however, being online has helped with translation.

Given these challenges, they have all made some amazing connections and already cannot wait to see each other in real life. For the refugees and migrants who have left careers and families behind, trusting people can be extremely difficult. Therefore, ensuring we maintain contact beyond the project is so important.

To love and be loved

What does being human mean to you? 

Picture of Caroline Beale Johnson

This is a big question! Finding photography slightly later in life than most, and realising this passion as a career has hugely impacted my happiness. For me, being creative is such an important part of feeling human.

However, after some great discussions with my family we concluded that being human is the ability to love and be loved.

 

Where you can find the exhibition?

A big thank you to Caroline for chatting with us and introducing Seeking Refuge. You’ll have to wait until BEAF 2021 to visit the exhibition, but in the meantime why not check out the amazing photographers taking part:

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A Taste of BEAF 2021: Pests Production

A Taste of BEAF

BEAF 2021’s Commissioned Artists

Planning for BEAF 2021 is in full swing, and we are more excited for May 29th than June 21st!  So, over the coming weeks we will be giving you an exclusive taste of BEAF 2021, by introducing our 2021 commissioned artists and what exciting things they have planned for this year’s festival. Each week we will feature chats we’ve had with our artists to find out what you can expect between May 29th – June 6th.

FABruary, Outrageous Outfits & Uncle Simon’s ‘friend’ Mark

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David & Sophia from Pests Production

 

This week, in honour of LGBTQ+ month we chatted to Sophia from the vibrant world of Pests Production. Run by Sophia Greppi and David Doust Pests Production is not-for-profit producing company grown and based in Dorset. The duo put on drag and theatre shows across the South West, and have worked with local, national, and international artists to bring performances to areas that don’t have much of an established arts scene.

As well as putting on a variety of shows, including an Arts Council funded programme of theatre, they also offer producing services, application guidance, script editing, and general artsy chats for people feeling a bit lost about their next step.

‘It’s basically a party, it’s a celebration, and it’s definitely a gay old time’

What new piece are you creating for BEAF Festival 2021?

We were delighted to be asked to organise BEAF’s closing party! We’ll be joined by two solo performance artist, Grace Thompson and James Watkins, both putting on previously toured shows. They’re weird, they’re funny, and they’re definitely not anything you’ve seen before! And following this, we’re bringing you a fabulous night of drag with our ever brilliant hostess, Cilly Black. Cilly and her cast will be bringing a whole night of live performances, lipsync battles, and outrageous outfits, all under the theme of ‘Coming out of the Closet; Best Outfit Edition’.

People have been stuck in trackies and pjs most of this past year, so we thought it’d be super fun to encourage all of our audience to wear their favourite outfits, whether that’s a floor length gown or your newest football shirt. It’s basically a party, it’s a celebration, and it’s definitely a gay old time.

 

Lipsyncing drag performer with arms in the air
Lipsyncing performance during BEAF 2019 festival.

We love making people happy’

Tell us all about FABruary

FABrurary was our little project this month to bring some happiness onto people’s socials. Everyday, myself, David, Josh (aka Cilly), or Emily, our social media guru, would nominate a person we thought were fab and write about them! We picked athletes, humanitarians, artists, friends, relatives, all sorts! It’s been amazing to see the response, and how many people have messaged us privately to say they’ve really been cheered up by the posts. Getting that kind of feedback is what we strive for; we love making people happy and sharing positive vibes.

Check out Pests Production socials to see their nominations for FABruary:

Pests Production Facebook

Pests Production Instagram

Pests Production Twitter

‘Openly queer characters on children’s TV shows helps a lot more kids than most people realise’

Who is your biggest motivator or inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community?

I think my biggest inspiration growing up had to be my uncles. I remember being really young when my uncle Simon would come round with his ‘friend’ Mark. Being a very small person at the time, I just thought it was cool that my uncle got to hang out with his best friend all the time! Both my uncles have been incredible rocks in my life, and a shining example of what a successful marriage looks like.

I also have a passionate love for Rebecca Sugar; she’s an out and proud bisexual woman, and her work as a writer and cartoon creator gives younger audiences clear examples of queer relationships and the fluidity of gender. I would have loved to have had something like Steven Universe when I was younger, it helps explain a lot of what I was feeling growing up but didn’t know how to put into words. Having openly queer characters on a children’s TV show helps a lot more kids than most people realise I think; even with the progress today, there’s still a loneliness in figuring out queer sexuality in a hetero-normative world.

 

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Scarlett Fever performing – follow her on the ‘gram @scarlettfeverdrag

‘We’re curious, we can’t help ourselves, we’re only human.’

What does it mean to you to be human?

A lot of being human to me is all about exploring! Bonding with other people and learning more about them, more about the world, that’s what it means to be human. You get born one day onto this weird little watery rock in space and there’s SO MUCH to discover on it! Since lockdown, I’ve had the chance to try out a lot of stuff, and even the stuff I’ve failed miserably at, I’ve really enjoyed trying.

I think humans are curious little creatures through and through, we love to learn, we love to try new things. I get so excited about any space mission, because isn’t it just brilliant that these little specs in the universe are sending their robots off to other planets to explore even more? We’re curious, we can’t help ourselves, we’re only human.

Share your FAB People!

A big thank you to Sophia for chatting with us and sharing more about Pests Production, her inspirations and what it means to be human! Sign up to the Pests Production newsletter to see all the icons their followers have submitted as their own FAB people. Sophia and David are also still taking submissions for anyone else interested in taking part! Find all details pinned to the top of their fab Facebook page: HERE

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What does being human mean to you?

 

BEAF Festival is happening

As you know, despite the current lockdown situation, we are super keen to continue with the BEAF Festival this year, which will bring Boscombe to life from May 29 – June 6 2021.

Our theme this year is 2B Human and our commissioned artists are busy creating on some fantastic work that focuses on what does it mean to be human. We thought it was about time we asked you to share your views too!

What does being human mean to you?

We want to hear, see, and share your ideas on what it means to be human with our community!

With Lockdown 3.0 firmly upon us, we have all had a bit of extra time to stop and really think about what makes us feel human. Whether it is a feeling, your craft, a place, a quote or even a memory, we all have something at the forefront of our human experience.

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#2BHuman

Each year we provide a theme for our artists to explore. The theme 2BHuman is continuing from last year and the festival that would have been. Continuing with this theme for 2021 has allowed our artists to reflect and really delve into being human, during a time where many of our natural human instincts have been challenged; much of their work has developed or changed through their experiences living within a pandemic.

Share your #2BHuman experience 

We are welcoming your ideas on being human in any form that can be shared digitally or translated into a phrase or quote to feature in our exhibition. Any images and videos must be high resolution and no longer than 2 minutes long.

Send us your perspective on being human to gotbeaf@gmail.com or through our social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Stay tuned to find our what being human means to our community!

Your thoughts on being human will form a new exhibition within the window of our B.A.D building in the centre of Boscombe and be shared with our online community too.

We have already asked some of the BEAF Team to share what being human means to them to help inspire you which we will share on social media. Here’s one from Nicola, our BEAF Marketing team member – how cute are these!

 

 

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Funding Success for The Outsiders Project

Funding Success for The Outsiders Project

We are delighted to share a success story for the project The Outsiders Project, which has just been awarded £175,000 to deliver creative activities for people in Boscombe, struggling with their health and well-being.

The project is run by a partnership between us and the community development trust Recreate Dorset.  The new funding will support a five year creative community programme and will employ a new Project Coordinator who will be managing an exciting programme of workshops, mentoring and training from the community hub and BEAF HQ, The Old School House on Gladstone Road, Boscombe.

Giving a voice to the unheard

The Outsiders team are already providing creative writing workshops which provide a weekly space for people to meet.  The workshops provide a creative outlet to help participants deal with some of the everyday issues caused by managing health problems, which may stem from previous drug and alcohol abuse or because of mental health and other health problems. The workshops provide a place to build up a support network and develop new skills.

The new funding will allow more workshops to be offered, both during the day and the evening and gives security for the project for the five years so people signing up can benefit from the long term investment that has been kindly offered from The National Lottery Community Fund.

A lifeline throughout lockdown

Despite the pandemic, The Outsiders Project has provided a lifeline during lockdown, continuing to support those in most need who have become isolated and unable to leave their homes. Interim support from Lottery Community Fund and Arts Council England has meant the workshops have gone online. An outcome from the workshops has been an exhibition of writing and images that can be found currently in the windows of our B.A.D., Boscombe Arts Depot, along Boscombe precinct.

What to find out more?

For more information on how to join the workshops and find out about the new programme of online and other activities email The Outsiders Project Director, Nell Leyshon here

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Join our 2021 Volunteer Programme

Join our BEAF 2021 Volunteer Programme

BEAF volunteers are the bedrock of what we do. From our amazing steering committee who meet online every fortnight throughout the year to plan and deliver exciting creative projects in the local community, to the ever growing list of amazing people who help out at our BEAF festival every year.

Each year, we provide a volunteer programme leading up to the festival for anyone who wants to get involved, earn some new skills and meet some like-minded people from the local area!

“Through volunteering at BEAF I was able to express my creativity and meet with the local community. I’m so glad I volunteered!” 

What you will do

We love to involve local people who know about the area and who can give information to visitors but also there are a variety of roles we need people to help us with.  The list is long but it might include:

  • * looking after an exhibition or venue,
  • * front of house duties,
  • * distributing programmes
  • * and generally helping out where needed!

Join our 2021 Online Volunteer Programme

This year, we will be running online training sessions on the last Wednesday of each month. This training will be invaluable for volunteering at the BEAF festival in 2021 as well as provide transferable skills for working in the events industry. Each session will cover a specific topic introduced by our training team with targeted exercises designed to support your learning, and guest speakers from industry. The sessions will last between 1 hour and 1.5 hours and is totally free to attend! 

Interested?

Drop us a line here and you’ll be invited to join our introductory Zoom meeting on Wednesday 27th January to meet Caroline Johnston and Lucy Turner who will be your main point of contact on the run up to the festival.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media for our latest updates. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

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Enter the Pests Pet Show with your Hot Dog!

Enter The Pests Pet Show!

Commissioned BEAF artists from Pests Production have launched an awesome new project and we want you and your furry friends to be a part of it!

What is it?
The Pests Pet Show is running until 16th December to raise money for the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT). This show is a chance for people to show off their pets from the comfort of their own home, in a variety of class categories. Simply send in a picture of your best friend, whether you think they’re the top rescue animal, most gorgeous pup, or have a habit of pulling ridiculous faces. There’s a whole range of classes to enter!
Seeing as how everyone’s stuck inside this year, we thought this would be a fun way to all come together, whilst also getting the chance to look at adorable animals, which we could probably all use right about now!
  1. Every class has a guest judge, and the chance to win rosettes from 1st to 6th place.
  2. All those who win first in their class automatically get entered into our free championship class, where there’s the chance to win Show Champion & Reserve Champion.
  3. All classes cost £1 per entry, and 100% of the money given goes directly to AKT.
Dachshunds get free entry to the BEAF Hot Dog Show!
As well as this, any Dachshund who enters any class is automatically added into the free BEAF Hot Dog! show. This class was inspired by BEAF’s 2019 Dachshund Dash, and we’d love to see just as many mini friends join in as they did at their spectacular event last year! The winner of Hot Dog will receive a large champion rosette, but there can be only one weiner!
Who are Pest Production? Here’s Sophia to explain more:
Pests decided to run this show since we couldn’t get out and do our regular programme of Theatre and Drag nights. Usually, Pests put on shows across the South West, with a range of artists and themes, and work with local, national, and international artists. This year, with us all stuck indoors, we wanted a way to bring some joy to the community, and raise funds for a good cause. AKT helps homeless LGBTQ+ youth to get off the streets and into safe housing, where they are given training and opportunities to get them into work. We are really looking forward to being a part of the BEAF 2021 festival next year. In the meantime, share your pets in the Pests Pet Show!
How to enter

Either send your pictures via Facebook messenger to the Pests’ page, or email them to Pestsproduction@gmail.com. Please do not send them to individual Pest members or judges, as they will not be entered. You can enter classes as many times as you like, just be sure to provide:

  • Your pet’s name and age
  • Which class(es) you’re entering
  • Proof of your entry payments, in the form of a donation receipt/ screenshot from https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pests-production
  • All classes cost £1 per entry, and 100% of the money given goes directly to AKT.
  • All entry fees must be paid to our Just Giving page. If you have any questions, give the Pests team a shout and they will be sure to help you out.
  • Class details and more information can be found here https://pestsproduction.co.uk/the-pests-pet-show

Deadline for entries 16th December 2020

Good luck to everyone!
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The day the elves came to B.A.D.

We heard a local theatre company Treehouse Theatre were in need of a space to rehearse and perform their latest COVID-safe theatre piece, aimed at young families across Bournemouth. So naturally, we offered them use of our new theatre space in the heart of our B.A.D. building, created by The Outsiders Project.

We caught up with Louisa Lindsey-Clark from Treehouse Theatre to chat more about elves, kindness and family in the lead up to Christmas.

Hi Louisa! Tell us a bit more about your theatre company

Treehouse Theatre are mostly a theatre in education company, based in Bournemouth. We’ve been around for 15 years now. We visit primary schools, special schools, and during the holidays we perform in family venues such as museums, libraries and festivals. Every year we tour a pantomime – truly the highlight of the year! This year we decided to postpone ‘Goldilocks’ till 2021, and write a special show just for the rather unusual times we find ourselves in!

Ah… so this where the elves come in!

Yes! The Elves and the Shoemakers is a Covid-safe show with themes of kindness and neighbourliness which feel so relevant this year, and bursting with the energy, joy and magic of live theatre. Interactive as ever, the whole audience become part of a heart-warming tale of giving and sharing, elfin antics and shoe-tapping music-making, and – of course – saving the world!

Sounds great fun! How has the COVID situation affected your performances?

We designed the whole show to be COVID-safe – short performances without intervals, guitars and drums rather than wind instruments, clapping and dance moves to join in with rather than audience shouting out or singing. We’ve been performing ‘COVID-safe’ since the summer so have a lot of experience to draw on. This was a challenge of course, but worth every moment to bring some much needed Christmas magic into the world!

We love a bit of magic especially during this tough year for everyone! Has your rehearsals been affected during lockdown too?

Yes, some of our rehearsals were scheduled during the second lockdown and our usual church hall closed, but BEAF came to our rescue with a performing space for us to use! We have fallen in love with this space so hopefully they’ll let us back in future! We were delighted to welcome 4 families invited by Dorset Children’s Foundation to our dress rehearsal – with such an interactive show its essential to test drive it on real families!

We are more than happy to help and we’d love to have you back of course! So, where are the elves going next?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be performing The Elves and the Shoemakers a rather incredible 50 times in primary schools (one bubble at a time!).

The last 3 shows on 18 and 19 December are open to the public, with tickets just £5 each

Book tickets here: 18th December  19th December

There’s also some performances for Home Educating families. Find out more here

We will almost certainly tour this show again in the early summer because we haven’t been able to perform with lots of the special needs schools, and adults with learning disabilities this winter, and we’ve really missed it! So we’ll centre a summer tour around when the time is right for them to come along, and go from there!

Fantastic thanks Louisa, and send our best BEAF love to the elves too! Find out more about Treehouse Theatre on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

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Beautiful Beryl of Boscombe

Dedication to the beautiful Beryl’s of Boscombe

To celebrate the unveiling of our new mural A Memory of Elephants created by BEAF 2020 commissioned artist Krishna Malla, we held a poll for people to vote for the names of the six elephants.

One of those names chosen was Beryl, which has a huge personal significance for two families who live in Bournemouth.

Local residents Chemene and her niece Carrie both contacted us to say how meaningful it was that one of the names chosen was Beryl. So we were really keen to meet them and find out more! This is their story:

Tell us a bit about the significance of the name Beryl for you? 

Carrie: It means the world to me and my family that one of the elephants has been named Beryl as it was the name of my beautiful Grandma – Beryl Margaret Anne Sutton. I know that Beryl was quite a popular choice of name during my grandma’s era so I hope there are many more local Beryl’s that will appreciate the name choice also!

Chemene: My mum loved all animals, but elephants were her favourite. I remember from my very first memories her love for elephants. She was a member of animal charities and we always had family pets, which she adored. Mother elephants are known for being exceptional mothers and this reminds me of how my mum was as a mother too, it’s almost like she had that connection with them.

Carrie: My Grandma was also very outspoken when it came to animal welfare and it broke her heart to see and hear of the mistreatment of elephants all over the world, being used for tourism and entertainment, illegal hunting and so on, and so I know to have her name attached to the beautiful artwork on display, raising awareness of these beautiful creatures, would have meant the absolute world to her as well. 

Chemene: I know my Mum will be looking down and feeling so proud an elephant has been named after her, it would make her day and she’d be so happy. She honestly was such a beautiful and caring lady who always saw the best in people.

Beryl pictured, with a selection of her elephants collection.

What are your favourite memories of Boscombe growing up? 

Carrie: I have loads of childhood memories of Boscombe, my great grandmother lived there all her life and my grandma Beryl and I would often go to visit and spend the day either visiting the shops in the high street, stopping for lunch in one of the little cafes, having a cola sat outside the Commodore pub, or on the beach and walking the cliffs. I particularly used to enjoy watching the trains pass through from my great grandmother’s window as she lived in St Clements Road, running parallel with the train tracks. 

Chemene: My memories of Boscombe were always when we visited my Nan – Beryl’s mother. We would spend many a time at the beach and walking through the gardens and cliff tops.

What does it mean to you and your family having Beryl’s dedicated to one of elephants in the mural?

Chemene: The day I received the email to say an elephant had been named Beryl, I couldn’t stop crying. It was such a happy emotional feeling, and I think it was more so that if she was still here, how she would’ve been so happy. I know every time any of my family visits Boscombe, we will all look at the mural and it will mean so much to us for many years to come. I’d also like to say how happy I am for my dad too, he was a fantastic husband to my mum and supported her throughout her whole life. We will always remember her when we see the mural and feel so proud of this truly special lady.

Carrie and Chemene standing with her Dad, Beryl’s husband.

Carrie: I love the new artwork, I think it really brightens the high street up and I hope many more generations will get to enjoy it as much as we are. 

Alongside Carrie and Chemene, our very own Harri Uren who is part of our marketing team at BEAF also shares a personal significance to the name Beryl!

Harri: My Nana, Beryl, is a very kind and special person. She grew up in Corhampton Road, on the outskirts of Boscombe. She has continued to live in Bournemouth and Poole throughout her entire life, which makes this mural very special to our family. Elephants have always been a big part of my family! We have many elephant themed items in our home and seeing any photos or videos of elephants always reminds me of my Nana and Mum. Having one of the elephants named Beryl feels very special to us, as unfortunately my Nana was recently diagnosed with Dementia. So having an elephant named after her provides us with a special memory of what a wonderful person she is! From now on, I will always look at that mural and think of my Nana and the treasured times we’ve had in Bournemouth together.

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