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!