About Us

Every Autumn, Arts Bournemouth brings the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival to the UK’s leading resort.

The festival brings intriguing, spectacular and (sometimes) down-right curious arts experiences to our seaside town. With over 60 events – a spirited mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, music, visual art, literature, theatre, comedy and more.

Utilising some of Bournemouth’s best places and spaces from the traditional to the unexpected. Our Arts by the Sea Festival extends Bournemouth’s popular summer season into an ‘Indian summer’ of arts.

Arts Bournemouth exists to support and develop the arts in Bournemouth. Working in collaboration with many partners, locally, nationally and internationally, Arts Bournemouth brings a programme of events during the year, which encourage a greater awareness of and participation in outstanding and engaging arts across different media and art forms.


Our Supporters

Arts by the Sea 2017 has a renewed focus on environmental issues, inclusivity and engaging with children and young people. We’re also supporting artists in the development of new work and providing opportunities through our volunteers scheme. We offer a range of sponsorship opportunities – you can become a Headline Sponsor, support an individual performance, sponsor our Bandstand music programme, support our Associate Artist or Fringe platforms or sponsor our amazing volunteers. This year we have several incredible community engagement projects lined up, all focussing on environmental themes, and they need your support too. Benefit from our festival marketing, branding and artist-led workshops or participation in the festival itself. For more information click here and contact:

Andrea Francis

Phone: 01202 451751



With many thanks to:

Arts Council England

Bournemouth Borough Council



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We have a number of volunteering opportunities coming up for the Arts by the Sea 2017 Festival. Some roles will be require before the start of the Festival and others will be during the Festival (14th to 21st October).

To apply for any of the roles or to find out more, please download the documents:

ABS Volunteer opportunity – Volunteer Coordinator

ABS Volunteer opportunity – Festival & Events Volunteer

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Arts Bournemouth aims to enhance and market the arts in Bournemouth and to attract new visitor markets and creative industries, help stimulate the local economy, encourage graduates to stay and make Bournemouth a more enjoyable place to live, work, study and visit. Arts Bournemouth works collaboratively with many different partners, enabling us to support and deliver arts events.

For information on how your business can get involved contact:

Andrea Francis
Phone: 01202 451751