What's on

We curate the BEAF arts festival but also programme events throughout the year from our pop-up venue, Boscombe Arts Depot (B.A.D.), at our workshop and events space, The Old School House, (TOSH) or at temporary locations, depending on the event. For example, in 2022 we brought a performance of Julius Caesar from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to Boscombe’s Sovereign Centre carpark. Regular events include a Wednesday night film programme in our lounge cinema in B.A.D. plus our weekly specialist workshops linked to our projects, The Outsiders Project and Seeking Refuge Project. We announce all our upcoming events via our newsletter and on social media.

We also work with our partners at TOSH to programme workshops and courses to support professional practice for artists, including meetup events, mentoring and business support. See further information here.

See our archive of previous events here.

Current projects and events

William Kentridge holding paintbrush to wall mounted charcoal drawing.
Opening Celebration BEAF Arts Summer Programme 2024

Fri 15 June, 6pm-8pm

B.A.D. Gallery | FREE

Join us for the opening celebration of BEAF Arts Summer Programme 2024!

Be the first to preview our brand new exhibition, ‘Journeys of Resilience’, and enjoy music and drinks throughout the evening.

The exhibition features artists films by Beverley Bennett, and Arwa Aburawa & Turab Shah, as well as an installation by Barbara Majek, an art project by Kemba Earle, and two collaborative artworks from our women’s Seeking Refuge group. Postcards created during workshops held in local schools, led by artists, Sharon James and Karina West, will also be displayed, as well as a study area where visitors can contribute their own thoughts on migration and home.

The exhibition will then continue 15-22 June, with free entry and no ticket required.



Arts Pavilion 2023
BEAF Arts Pavilion

Sat 15 – Sat 22 June, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Boscombe Precint | FREE

The return of BEAF’s vibrant Art Pavilion offers a range of daily activities and workshops, free for all to join. Drop in for any one of our creative workshops, such as clay sculpting, lino printing, and collaging, as well as movement activities and games. The programme for our Art Pavilion is formed by our resident artists, our on-going community projects, and local businesses and establishments.

Our free workshops and activities take place twice daily, running from 11am-1pm, and 2pm-4pm.

Barbara Majek, Yam, on Sunday, Deptford X Festival 2022. Photo by Nelta Kasparian(2)
Journeys of Resilience

Sat 15 – Sat 22 June, 11am-6pm

B.A.D. Gallery | FREE

Our exhibition Journeys of Resilience, includes work produced by African diaspora artists, descendants of the Windrush generation, and participants of our weekly Seeking Refugee Project.

With film screenings, Simon Says/Dadda by Beverley Bennett and I Carry It With Me Everywhere by Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah, in addition to Barbara Majek’s installation Yam, on Sundays. Postcards created during workshops held in local schools, led by Afro-Caribbean artists Sharon James and Karina West, will also be included in the gallery space, as well as an educational reading corner in which visitors can learn more about the Windrush Story and contribute to the exhibition with their own thoughts on migration and home.



We Dare to Dream
We dare to dream

Directed by Waad al-Kateab

Weds 19 June, 6.30pm-8pm

B.A.D Cinema | PWYC

B.A.D. Cinema presents: We Dare to Dream, directed by Waad al-Kateab

We Dare to Dream follows a group of athletes as they aspire to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as part of the Refugee Team. Spanning a breadth of backgrounds, personal stories and Olympic sports, the film reveals their lives and hopes as they train to compete on the world stage, showing the fire and the drive of young people forced to leave their families, homes and countries of birth to build new lives out of nothing.

Tickets PWYC: £6.13-£11.55

Communty tickets (free) also available


OSC: Cora Hub
Zakham: migrations and wounds


Thurs 20 June, 6.30pm-7.30pm

B.A.D. Theatre | PWYC

Kainaat proudly presents its Refugee Week show ‘Zakham’. Loosely translating to ‘wound’ in Farsi, Arabic ,Hindi and Urdu, the artists bring you embodied narratives on wounding.

Colonialism has wounded our relationship to Queerness, Religion, Homeland and Love. Zakham draws on poetry, puppetry, dance and theatrics to tell stories of pain and displacement that centre the colonial wounds of South Asia and the Middle East.

Come join the artists Aanka, Hassan, Anne and Mahtab as they speak of their interconnected inheritance of border imperialism and life as a foreigner .

Tickets PWYC: £7.50-£10

Community tickets (free) also available


Whose Land Is This?

Jessica Ashman

Fri 21 June, 6pm-6.30pm

B.A.D. Theatre | PWYC

Join Jessica Ashman in her performance ‘Whose Land Is This?’, exploring the unspoken histories of Black peoples connection to the “Great” British countryside.

Inspired by the writing of Claire Ratinon, Corrine Fowler, and Ingrid Pollard, ‘Whose Land Is This?’ dives into Ashman’s feelings of discomfort and disconnection whilst visiting rural landscapes of the UK as a Black woman, as well as interrogating the ownership of rural UK land and how this space can be reclaimed.

Jessica Ashman is a multi-disciplinary artist working in animation moving image, music (under the name Spirit Sigh) performance and installation. Ashman combines traditional drawn, collage and multi-plane animation techniqes with digital animation and mobile phone footage in her work, creating frenetic, textured and abstract narratives that explore gender, identity and race.

Tickets PWYC: £3-£5

Community tickets (free) also available


William Kentridge holding paintbrush to wall mounted charcoal drawing.
Disneyland In Dagenham

Scott Lavene

Sat 15th June, 7.30pm-9pm, B.A.D

Join born storyteller Scott Lavene on his UK tour supporting his upcoming album, Disneyland In Dagenham

In the 1980s, the Walt Disney Company were considering building their first European theme park, not on the outskirts of Paris, but in Dagenham, Essex. Monologuing in warm deadpan over a wandering acoustic guitar, Lavene encapsulates his conflicted feelings about the county he was raised in.

Tickets PWYC £10-£15


OSC: Cora Hub
OSC: Creative Hub "Let's Talk Creative Portfolios" with Corrianna Clarke

Weds 19th June, 6pm-8pm at TOSH

Led by local community artist Corrianna Clarke, get guidance on how to compose an ideal and impactful digital portfolio in simple steps.

Join us for our next Creative Hub, where we’ll discuss all things portfolios! We’ll look at local artist examples, take away layout drafts to get you started, and if you fancy – take the opportunity to share your own portfolio for gentle feedback.

Creative Hub

Join our Creative Hub – monthly drop-in evenings of sharing and chat for all creatives in business – part of our new artist development programme, Open School Creative (OSC).

Photograph by Alexandra Szigeti


The Lock-In

The Outsiders Project

Tues 18th June, 7pm-8.30pm

The Lock-In was first created during the pandemic as a way for our writers to safely gather and share what they had been working on independently. It quickly became apparent that these evenings were more than just somewhere to read our work – but a space to connect, share ideas, learn from each other, and develop confidence in performing; taking our writing from page to stage. The Lock-Ins have now become an important part of the work we do, and have grown to a place where we are proud to welcome audiences.

The pieces you’ll see are seeds of ideas that form part of much more ambitious work: One-person shows; Novels; Poetry collections; Albums. Anything is possible. Expect new writing, spoken word, music, and uncensored stories from unheard voices.

Tickets PWYC £7.50 – £10


Weekly workshops

Creative writing with the Outsiders Project

Tuesdays 6-8pm at TOSH

We run weekly creative writing workshops throughout the year with marginalised communities in Boscombe. They help to develop skills, confidence and self-belief.

To read more about who these workshops are for and our criteria click here.

No experience is necessary for all of our workshops. If you are interested in joining our workshops, please email us at theoutsidersproj@gmail.com


William Kentridge holding paintbrush to wall mounted charcoal drawing.
Photography with the Outsiders Project

Tuesdays 6-8pm at B.A.D.

We run weekly photography workshops, developing skills in analogue and digital photography. These workshops are free for people that have been sidelined from society and whose voices have not been heard.

To read more about who these workshops are for and our criteria click here.

No experience is necessary for all of our workshops. If you are interested in joining our workshops, please email us at theoutsidersproj@gmail.com


Thursday Threads by Seeking Refuge

Thursdays  12.30- 2.30pm at TOSH

Seeking Refuge workshops are on going projects that give people seeking asylum, refugees and vulnerable migrants a space to come together and work creatively, as well as meeting new people. 

Currently, we run free women’s workshops, called ‘Thursday Threads’, which meet every Thursday, at TOSH, the Old School House, Boscombe. Providing a supportive space, friendship and creative activities to enjoy over a cup of tea. More info here.

Contact Caroline for more info if you or if you know someone that would like to join one of our workshops, at:


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