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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.

Have you seen the mural yet in person? Take your own picture with the herd and share it with us on social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or just just us using #gotbeaf or #amemoryofelephants!

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Name the BEAF herd!

Aritst, Krishna Malla, commonly known as Tech Moon, was commissioned by BEAF to create this mural as part of our festival this year. His much-celebrated mural last year, a large scale Dachshund that still remains in Boscombe, saw a huge response from the local community, including a group photo being organised in front of it featuring over 100 owners with their pet Dachshunds!

“I want this mural to celebrate the rich history of Boscombe, and this magnificent creature, yet draw attention to animal welfare. We can marvel and appreciate the beauty of creatures such as this, immortalised across some 200 meters of wall without having to ride them in foreign countries or watch them dance in circuses.” Krishna Malla, Technicolour Moon

A Memory of Elephants

This year, Krishna’s mural has a poignant significance to the town.   

Looking back to the early 1900’s, travelling circuses such as the Royal Italian Circus, Billy Smarts Circus, and Chapmans Continental Zoo Circus are among a few that brought elephants and many other wild animals to the Hippodrome, now the O2 Academy, entertaining thousands of people annually. These majestic animals would be paraded down the high street between the shows, which in itself became an iconic event for the town.

This has become Krishna Malla’s inspiration for the new mural scaling 29 m wide and 6m high, and features a herd of six elephants stampeding out of the front section of the Sovereign Centre. And we want you to help name them! 

Name the BEAF herd!

We are calling on the local community to help name all six elephants of the herd. Vote for your favourite name in the poll below or share your own choice of names beginning with the letter ‘B’! You can vote more than once too.

The top six names will be chosen after two weeks of voting. 

Voting closes on 5th June – let’s name our new addition to the Boscombe family!

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BEAF in lockdown

Here at BEAF HQ, creativity and community is always at the heart of what we do, especially in unprecedented times like these. We wanted to share with you all the ways we have been busy supporting our artists, students and the local community since lockdown began:

Supporting artists and freelancers

  • Given advance commission money to 40 artists, paying 50% of the funding upfront
  • Continued to employ our freelance team, so we can keep our communications channels active and keep communication with our artists and community
  • Setting up online projects, to keep engagement with our community and artists such as our Wallpaper Competition
  • Provided free studio space for artists in our pop-up space, B.A.D. Boscombe Arts Depot

Supporting AUB & BU students

  • Continuing to offer and manage 5 student work placements from Arts University Bournemouth to guarantee they can complete their assessed Unit and ensure they complete their Level 5 and Level 6 studies;
  • Supported and found ways to work with 20 BU Media students through their Level 5 media project
  • Acted as client for a further Level 5 project with Arts University Bournemouth students which commenced in February and involved over 80 students

Staying in touch

  • Launched a weekly newsletter highlighting artists in lockdown to bring the local community together – BEAF Stew, the good newsletter.
  • Launched our #BEAFATHOME project with a series of ‘artists at home’ videos
  • Sharing support links and engaging arts projects to keep our local community creatively active.

Supporting our local community

  • Connecting with and promoting local small businesses in BCP area who are still operating during lockdown
  • Provided free storage for Dorset Children’s Foundation at Boscombe Arts Depot

Continuing to create

  • We have commissioned one artist to complete a major artwork with clearance for this work to be completed during lockdown – more exciting new on this VERY soon! 
  • We will be setting up a ‘through the window’ exhibition programme in our pop-up venue B.A.D. on Boscombe precinct.

Support for the marginalised and vulnerable

We are committed to supporting the marginalised and vulnerable members of our community through our project The Outsiders Project. This includes:

  • Running 2 free online weekly creative writing workshops each week. This has kept regular contact with 27 participants on the women only course and 18 participants on the open access group
  • Continued to employ our outsider workshop leaders to run the online workshops
  • Continued to employ our mentor so one-to-one support for the most vulnerable and isolated participants can be supported
  • Provided free access to writing workshops via Nell Leyshon’s You Tube sessions
  • Set up a new online project TATTOO moving the original idea for the performance to an online writing programme
  • Supporting members of the writing group to ‘gather’ stories for the online Tattoo project
  • Started a new partnership with Hampstead Theatre for the Tattoo project

For the featured illustration we commissioned Bournemouth based illustrator Bridie Cheeseman.

Don’t forget to find out more from us each week on social media!

Coming Up

Wallpaper Competition

Create a phone wallpaper design for BEAF 2020 and win prizes!

While we all might be stuck inside our four walls at the moment, we thought the best way to keep busy is to get creative.. by making digital wallpaper!  

We are calling all illustrators, designers, artists and doodlers to create a phone wallpaper tying in with our 2020 festival theme this year: 2B Human.

The brief is simple – create your own phone wallpaper design based on what it means to you to be human.

Designs must be high resolution 1080px by 1920px (9:16)


Two winning designs will be chosen:

  • 1st prize: 6 months subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
  • 2nd prize: Paints from Stuart Semple’s Culture Hustle

Ten runner up designs will be featured in a projected exhibition in Boscombe during the festival.

All winning entries will be featured in our Instagram highlight for everyone to enjoy as a digital souvenir of BEAF 2020!

How to enter 

Submit your design to or tag us @gotbeaf on Instagram using the hashtag #BEAFWallpaper

All entries must be submitted by Monday 18th May

N.B. All submitted material must be original and suitable for viewing by all ages. BEAF reserves the right to refuse any submission.

Winners will be announced on Friday 22nd May.

Good luck!

Featured wallpaper design by Natalie Cook

Coming Up

BEAF support Dorset Childrens Foundation

This year, we are excited to open our first pop-up venue Boscombe Arts Depot (B.A.D) that was previously the old TJ Hughes department store in the Sovereign Centre.

Boscombe Arts Depot will act as the hub of the festival this year and will feature our major exhibition, 2B Human which includes new work from over 20 artists commissioned by BEAF as well as inspiring pieces from the festival headline artists William Kentridge and Stuart Semple. 

We have also reached out to offer part of this space to support the local Dorset’s Children Foundation (DCF), who were in desperate need of somewhere to house donated stock that would fund vital resources such as medical expenses, mobility equipment, therapies, inclusive activities and a family support network for children and families in need across the county. 

In December 2019, DCF signed a contract for a large space in Bournemouth town centre which would have been used by the charity for both retail space and family events and activities. But in January, the charity heard the devastating news that the building had been sold.

“We literally tried everything to get some space and this is when Carol and the BEAF team stepped in and offered us a huge space in the TJ Hughes building in Boscombe.Dorset Children’s Foundation founder Patsy Hallmey.

This was a significant relief for the charity, not only allowing them to trade again and store existing donations but it also enabled them to accept ten van loads of brand new goods from a discount high street retailer. These craft supplies and Easter goodies will now be distributed to our many families in isolation. 

Patsy Hallmey adds, “We are just so incredibly grateful for this space and it is wonderful how in our time of need Carol and the team at BEAF reached out to us to offer their help.”

We are now developing an exciting new joint venture with DCF to develop the first immersive and interactive space for children with special needs for the festival. Led by Bournemouth resident Lisa Davies of Squidge and Pop, the space will come alive with therapeutic bubble workshops building on the fantastic space created for BEAF in 2019 where groups of all abilities came to enjoy the sensory environment – so stay tuned!

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BEAF 2018 Highlights Video

The BEAF 2018 Highlights video is here!

Over 10K people and 100 events making a difference to creativity and the community.

Here are some amazing comments from last year’s festival:

“Lovely to see people out relaxing, sharing space.”

“Very glad to be part of a festival that celebrates and incubates local artists”

“Brings joy and a sense of community”

“Gives space  & opportunity for people to stop + think + be creative in busy lives.”

“Who could imagine that two actors Neill and Trac Pawley, would create such Pathos and hilarity in two 55 second acts.”- brilliant- John & Steve, Fishermans Walk Cliff Lift Operators on Language Timothy

Come along to BEAF 2019 from 4th- 12th May to see this year’s wonderful range of creative activities and performances!


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Volunteers Meeting for BEAF 2019

BEAF needs you!

If you are interested in volunteering at BEAF 2019, join us for a meeting to find out more about this year’s festival and volunteering roles!

Wednesday 17th April 2019


The Old School House, Gladstone Road, Boscombe, BH7 6BG

Tea & cake will be provided!

If you would like to attend, please email – we hope to see you there!


Image from BEAF 2018


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BEAF Programme Launch 2019

The BEAF 2019 programme is here!

The BEAF team hosted an evening at Urban Beach on Wednesday 10th April to celebrate the launch of the 2019 programme!

The venue matched perfectly with the new programme and the brilliant staff served up some delicious canapés! The event was also sponsored by Dancing Cows, who provided us with their wonderful Gin- that kept on flowing. The soundtrack for the event was played by DJ Bob Hill from Illicit Grooves, he created the perfect atmosphere throughout the night. The evening gave the artists a chance to meet each other in readiness for the festival and browse through the brand new brochure!

A big thank you to all the stakeholders and artists that attended, and the BEAF team who organised the event and made it such a success!

Keep an eye out for the new brochure in and around Bournemouth and pick up a copy, to find out about the events at this year’s festival!

Share pictures of your programme on social media using #BEAF2019




Please click on the links below to find out about the opportunities we have for you!


Young People’s Volunteer Coordinator

To create and launch our young people’s volunteer programme. The role has been created to deliver the principles of great youth social action ( encouraging young people to make a positive difference to their local communities and to develop their confidence and skills to lead to employment or further education opportunities.

Freelance Communications Manager

To lead BEAF’s brand management through communications and audience development across all activities and initiatives

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Volunteer Evening for BEAF2018

In the run up to the festival we are calling on our volunteers to “BEAF UP!” We need people to help with everything from marketing and distribution to being on hand at events.

So, lets meet up and mobilise to make this year’ festival a blast:

Training and induction evening: 4pm-6pm Wednesday  11th April 2018 or drop in on 4pm-6pm Wednesday  18th April 2018 at Factory Studios Boscombe where we will cover the following roles:

  • Getting the word out in advance of the festival launch;
  • Attending events and adding to our social media and press coverage;
  • Attending the events and collecting feedback;

If you are more of a hands on person you might fancy coming to our second training evening: 4pm-6pm  Thursday 19th April 2018 at The Factory Studios:

  • Being on hand to help our commissioned artists with install work during the festival.
  • Being on hand for our artisan festival on 7th May 2018.

Tea and cake provided during training sessions.

Volunteers will get a T-shirt and free entry to the events they are volunteering at, an invitation to our launch party at 60 Million Post Cards as well as a VIP ticket to our closing party.

Let us know if you are coming to the training events:


Let us know you are coming