Arts by the Sea

Whoever thinks art is boring, clearly has never been to Bournemouth!

This will be the 9th year for Bournemouth Arts by the Sea. If you haven’t been before, you’re missing out! This diverse annual arts festival is a celebration of art, culture, people and place, while striving to enhance a sense of community and raise Bournemouth’s profile on a national scale.

After another successful year, Arts by the Sea festival will be back in Autumn 2019 with a brand new new artistic concept to explore, Mind Matter. The question that Arts by the Sea poses for 2019 is…
Is modern life conducive to a positive state of mind?

Today’s modern society which brings great social and technological advances, also brings with it even greater social pressures. Despite the UK’s status as one of the richest and most secure countries in the World, and a steadily increasing level of awareness about the importance of mental health, 1 in 4 of people in the UK will be affected by depression, anxiety and other mental health problems at some point in their life.

Through the 2019 programming strand, Mind Matter, we aim to explore and challenge current attitudes towards mental health and spark conversations through artwork and installations inspired or influenced by mental health issues and experiences.
Arts by the Sea is focused on delivering a packed and fun filled festival celebration, while shining a light on mental health and breaking down some social barriers surrounding it.