About Us

Arts by the Sea is a celebration of art, culture, people and place.

Arts by the Sea brings together large-scale spectaculars, diverse music, intriguing installations, dance, street theatre, participatory experiences and much more, in one unique and celebratory festival. Originally launched in Bournemouth in 2011, Arts by the Sea is now expanding into Christchurch and Poole, and we also bring cultural experiences out into neighbourhoods, working with schools and communities across the area. We value our talented local artists and creatives and provide a variety of opportunities to support their development. We feel privileged to bring you inspirational experiences in one of the most beautiful locations in the country and put inclusivity, diversity and sustainability at the heart of everything we do.

Andrea Francis




I’m the Director of the Arts by the Sea festival within my role as Cultural Development Manager for BCP Council. I lead a small Cultural Development team within the Council who work on a huge variety of interesting and exciting projects, and I feel lucky to be able to bring creative opportunities to so many people. I moved to Bournemouth in 2016 and love it here, I’m in my happy place on my bike or at the beach.

Cathryn Peach-Barnes




I’m the Creative Director of the Arts by the Sea festival within my role as the Creative Producer at From the Fields, who work across the UK to create unique events in iconic spaces. I have produced and curated award-winning events and festivals across the UK and worked internationally in New Zealand and Taiwan. I have a passion for creating moments that bring people together to celebrate the distinctive cultures and communities of the places we call home. I am delighted to be able to do this in the wonderful community of Bournemouth. 

Leigh Hayler




I’m the Arts by the Sea festival Public Engagement Officer within my role as Senior Business Support Officer for BCP Council. I manage all the festival administration but also get to work with artists, schools, community organisations and volunteers, and I’m an Equality Champion for BCP Council. I was born in Bournemouth and have always worked for the Council in different departments – I love being in a role that brings people together through culture and creativity.

Tom Powell




I’m an Events Manager at BCP Council and work on a variety of different events. For Arts by the Sea I implement all the logistics to deliver the festival which includes liaising with artists on their tech requirements, developing event management plans and managing the Events and Stewarding teams over the festival to ensure we deliver a safe and successful event.

Sally Turner




I’m the festival’s Business Development Manager, working one day a week with the team to develop partnerships, create sponsorship activations and develop a long-term fundraising strategy to ensure the festival can continue to expand and grow. I started out as a Marine Biologist and am a passionate environmentalist with a love of art and culture so working with Arts by the Sea is a perfect role for me.

Nuala Clarke




I’m the festival’s Cultural Engagement Officer within my role at BCP Council. I work to support the festival’s community participation and manage its sustainability initiatives and impact, including the festival’s Green Hub. Prior to BCP Council, I have worked in the Higher Education and Heritage sectors, organising community engagement events, improving access, and empowering individuals to turn their ideas into action. I love introducing people to new experiences and bringing culture to our communities.


Lucy Base




I’m the Content and Communications Manager at HotShot Agency and oversee all the branding, artwork and creative communications for Arts by the Sea which help us connect with our audience. I started out in the music and events industry and have been with HotShot since 2018, working with a variety of festivals and events clients in the UK and overseas.


Joshua Makinson

I lead the marketing strategy and digital development for Arts by the Sea as the Managing Director of HotShot Agency. I started out developing a number of global youth event brands that now operate in 12 countries attracting 200,000 customers per year and HotShot now delivers marketing and design services for a range of international brands.

Rachel Maddix

I’m the Outreach Coordinator for Arts by the Sea’s Community Party event and am passionate about inclusion, participation and enabling opportunities for under-represented groups. My approach to participation is built on 20 years experience in Arts Education and Management, and I love that I get to work directly with local creatives and communities.

Tor Byrnes

I’m the festival’s Programme Coordinator and my role is to find the best local and national artistic content for Arts by the Sea. I’ve worked freelance for many years in festivals and music. I own We Broke Free, an independent events and promotions company, I’m also a DJ so you may know me as Tor Da Force, an original member of the all-female collective Frau DJs. I’m a strong advocate for culture in the region and it’s great to be part of the Arts by the Sea team.

We aim to create an inclusive environment and are committed to ensuring that all people find the festival a safe environment where diversity is embraced. We are taking positive action to ensure that everyone can attend the festival or find alternative ways in which they can fully participate and enjoy the experience on offer. If you need any assistance or have any comments please contact leigh.hayler@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Arts by the Sea recognises the natural beauty of Bournemouth and the work already taking place to safeguard the natural environment in our local area. We aim to build on this, becoming more sustainable, reducing our own environmental impact and using our experience to encourage other organisations to do the same. We’ll use our programming to raise awareness of global environmental issues and support green projects and partners, helping artists, residents, businesses and visitors become more environmentally friendly too. We also pledge to show our support for farmers and producers in developing countries by promoting Bournemouth’s Fairtrade Town status.

The Arts by the Sea festival is committed to reducing its own environmental impact and to leave no trace. We have an Environmental Policy and Action Plan in place to help us do this, and Green Riders for our Artists and Venues to help them do the same.

Arts by the Sea Environmental Policy

Arts by the Sea Environmental Action Plan

Arts by the Sea Venue – Green Rider

Arts by the Sea Artist – Green Rider

On 16th July 2019 BCP Council declared a  Climate and Ecological Emergency, later incorporating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into its Corporate Strategy. They pledged to make BCP Council and its operations carbon neutral by 2030, and to work with the wider community to look at how early the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole region can be made carbon neutral ahead of the UK target of 2050.

Transforming Travel supports BCP Council’s climate emergency ambition with an emphasis on sustainability, tackling air quality and the new focus on walking and cycling through the government’s Gear Change initiative.

Bournemouth is recognised as a Fair Trade Town, a Sustainable Food City and is the world’s first Sustainable Fish City. The conurbation has nineteen Green Flag Awards for its Parks and Gardens, eight Blue Flag Awards for its beaches and a Site of Special Scientific Interest amongst its nature reserves in Hengistbury Head. Bournemouth is one of 5 UK towns and cities praised as global climate leaders by carbon disclosure charity CDP on their ‘Cities A-List’.

BCP Council’s Parks Department have a herd of 10 goats grazing on the cliff to the east of Boscombe Pier. They help control the non-native plants which are taking over at the expense of the natural heath and grassland habitats and associated wildlife. Click here for more information.

There are also around 60 cattle. These are located at Stour Valley on the North West edge of Bournemouth. Click here for more information.

Bournemouth is the World’s First Sustainable Fish City. So many businesses and organisations have signed pledges to ensure only sustainably sourced fish will be used in any of their activities that we’ve now generated over 4 million sustainable fish meals a year. Click here for more information.

Arts by the Sea would like to work with green partners. If your organisation is doing something environmentally friendly and you’d like to get involved with the festival, please get in touch.

Arts by the Sea would like to work with green partners. If your organisation is doing something environmentally friendly and you’d like to get involved with the festival, please get in touch.

The Seafront team have been working since early 2018 with their suppliers to ensure that wherever possible all single-use items, such as coffee cups, stirrers and straws are now either fully recyclable or fully compostable. This means that since the spring, all 330,000 coffee cups and the majority of other takeaway packaging has been much more environmentally friendly in line with the Leave Only Footprints campaign. Most seafront catering sites, plus all of the seafront taps, are all now part of the Dorset Refill scheme and identifiable via the app.

The Parks team have launched reusable cups in the Woodpecker Café. View them here.

Yellow Buses are committed to minimising the environmental impact of their operations.

From 1 May 2017, six new double-deckers, described as the most environmentally friendly diesel vehicles on the road, went into service. The British-built Alexander Dennis MMC (Major Model Change) E400 vehicles have ultra-low carbon Euro 6 engines and the latest stop-start technology, which along with their lighter weight helps to reduce emissions, noise and fuel usage.

In 2018 Yellow Buses celebrated the tenth anniversary of its innovative Carbon Stoppers scheme. Since 2008 the bus company has held a ‘Thank You Thursday’ each week when every trip taken by passengers on the day contributes to a Community Chest, with Yellow Buses pledging a minimum donation of £50 a week. The scheme began as a way of encouraging people to cut down on their carbon footprint by catching the bus but has ended up raising more than £30,000 for 80 local charities and good causes.

Leave only Footprints Infographic
Recycle  Recycling is tricky in the town centre as bins often become contaminated by unrecyclable waste. In 2018, Bournemouth Council’s Seafront team introduced 200 new bins along the prom with clearly marked Recycling and General Waste labels. Please recycle here, or do your bit by taking your waste with you and recycling at home. Find out more information here.
Refill We’ve partnered with Litter Free Coast and Sea to promote their amazing Refill scheme. We’re asking friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses to welcome you in to refill your water bottle with good old tap water – for free! Simply look for the eye-catching sticker and ask in store. If your business would like to partake in the scheme, go to Litter Free Coast & Sea website here. We’re also promoting Refill-Here’s scheme to reduce the waste from takeaway paper cups for hot drinks. As a customer, you can receive discounts and special offers at businesses that support this campaign – go to their website for more information.
Sustainable travel We’d love you to travel to the festival as sustainably as possible. Our local bus companies are Yellow Buses and Morebus. You can also car share find out here or better yet, cycle to the festival. We’ve marked all the cycle parking in the town centre and near festival venues on our map above – click on the cycle symbol to find out how many bike stands are at each location.

Click here to contact Arts by the Sea

Our address:
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival
BCP Council
Town Hall Annexe
St Stephen’s Road
Bournemouth BH2 6EA
Arts Award Logo Arts Award's mission is to support children and young people to enjoy the arts, to connect with and take part in the wider arts world, and develop creativity, communication and leadership skills. Arts by the Sea are proud Arts Award Supporters, please get in touch for more information on how the festival can help with your award. Email us at: arts.bournemouth@bcpcouncil.gov.uk