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:

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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