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Coming Up

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 Dör. 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 70s and then filled in with mud sometimes in the 90s. After that, dirt jumps were built by local BMXers. 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
  • * Download our skateboard template from the Just Giving page, or HERE
  • * Get creative!
  • * Submit your design to gotbeaf@gmail.com
  • * Follow Noyce Gardens DIY on Instagram


Deadline: 1st June 2021

Winner announced: 8th June 2021

Good Luck!

A red front door to reprepresenting a home setting Coming Up

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”

A red front door to reprepresenting a home setting

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: