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Design a Skateboard Deck Competition to support Noyce Gardens…

Design a Deck, Win Prizes & Support Noyce Gardens DIY

You may remember our wallpaper design competition last year, maybe you even entered! We were so impressed with how talented you lot are that we are launching a brand new competition in association with Noyce Gardens DIY, Mind Charity and Moose Skates.

This year we are challenging you to design a skateboard deck to win some great prizes and support a good cause.

The Competition


Two categories: Under 18 & Over 18

Theme: 2BHuman

Deadline: 1st June 2021


One winning design from each category will be chosen by our expert panel!

Over 18’s:

Judged by Artist/Designer Soy Panday and Artist/Designer Eloise Dörr. Winner will have their design printed & sold and receive £150 to spend in Moose Skates.

Under 18’s:

Judged by our Special Guest Youth Champion. Winner will receive £50 to spend at Moose Skates.

All entries will feature in an exhibition during the BEAF Festival, where there will be another chance for you to win a prize!

Support Noyce Gardens DIY

Noyce Gardens

The BCP area hosts some great places for kids to hang out, meet their friends and escape potentially difficult home lives. However, there are some areas which are lacking these safe spaces.

Our new friends Noyce Gardens DIY are working super hard to revive an abandoned skatepark and create a safe hang out space. To benefit the community of Townsend and the surrounding areas. So, we are launching our ‘Design a Deck’ competition to show our support, offer you the chance to do the same and hopefully raise a little bit of cash.

We chatted to the amazing Noyce Garden’s team to find out more about the project and share the important work they are doing.

What inspired you to start the project?

There had always been rumours of a buried skatepark around the Townsend estate, it wasn’t until we took the time to look that we began to see an outline. We pretty much started digging straight away! Within the estate and surrounding areas there aren’t many places for the local kids to hang out, which is why the revival of this skatepark could be great for the local community.

What is the history behind the skatepark?

It was built in the 1970’s and then filled in with mud sometimes in the 1990’s. After that, dirt jumps were built by local BMXer’s. Ever since then it has been pretty much abandoned by the council and left to completely grow over.

What do you want to achieve with the project?

We want it to be a community run DIY skatepark built by locals and paid for by fundraising. We really hope it will change the area for the better, giving the local kids somewhere to skate and hang out.

How do you want to involve the community?

Unfortunately, on a few occasions the site has been vandalised and we’ve had to spend time doing more work than necessary. Once COVID restrictions allow, we would love to gather the community and hold a ‘dig day’ with free food and music. In the hope that we will clear more of the skatepark and raise more awareness of what we are doing.

Group Dig
Revealing the skatepark

How to Enter:

Now we’ve introduced you to Noyce Gardens DIY and our competition here’s what you need to do:

  • * Visit our Just Giving page HERE
  • * Donate whatever you can (suggested £2 per entry)
  • * Download our skateboard template from the Just Giving page, or HERE
  • * Get creative!
  • * Submit your design to
  • * Follow Noyce Gardens DIY on Instagram


If you don’t fancy putting your designs out there you can just make a donation to show your support for our guys building the skatepark and working with the Townsend community.  All funds go towards the costs of building the skatepark, this includes equipment, materials for rebuilding the concrete bowls, a safe and secure storage shed, tools and re-landscaping.

Deadline: 1st June 2021

Winner announced: 8th June 2021

Good Luck!

William Kentridge in front of his work

William Kentridge inspires BEAF 2021

William Kentridge inspires BEAF 2021


a crowd of people
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

William Kentridge's drawing of a man with a camera
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!

BEAF Kickstart Opportunities


BEAF have two Government backed Kickstart roles that are now available to be applied for. Full details of the roles can be found below.

The roles are only open to people who are on Universal Credit. To apply please speak to your UC job coach quoting the reference number for the job you would like to apply for.




  1. Festival and Events Assistant – full details of the role can be found here
  2. Marketing and Communications Assistant – full details of the role can be found here


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

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! 


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


Open Submissions Deadline Extended!

BEAF 2021 Open Submissions are Open!

As you know we will be returning with the BEAF Festival in 2021 on the 26th June – 4th July. And we want you to be a part of it!

Because we are living in uncertain times we have extended the deadline to MAY 30 

Even with the current global situation, we are determined to showcase the diverse range of arts and culture happening in Bournemouth and throughout Dorset. We are therefore asking you to consider (when applying) how your event could operate in a digital format, if required.

Together, we will make BEAF 2021 the best yet and are waiting, excitedly to receive your applications. After all the adjustments and uncertainties of the previous months, we finally have something to look forward to. So, get thinking, get planning, get applying, because BEAF is back!



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!

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!

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!