Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival

Start Date: 27 September 2019
End Date:  29 September 2019
Location: Bournemouth town centre

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.

While life is arguably far easier than it was 50 years ago, mental illness is on the rise. Excessive workloads and pressures in the workplace have also led to the claim that the UK is experiencing a stress “epidemic”. The emergence of social media, which is particularly popular with young people and brings the desire to keep up with this ‘perfect’ unattainable image displayed on social platforms is at the forefront of mental health issues among the younger generation. Despite this, talking about mental health issues is still heavily stigmatised, and in many societies around the world, remains a taboo subject.

An increasing body of research has, however, found that there are practical ways in which all of us can engage with the issue of mental health for the wellbeing of ourselves and others. There have been five key ways identified, which are: 1. Connect, 2. Be Active, 3. Take Notice, 4. Keep Learning, and 5. Give.

In 2019 Arts by the Sea aims to utilise these five key wellbeing points as anchors to help produce an event that highlights some of these stigmas and taboos around mental health, with a wide range of community projects and creative commissions that aim to leave a lasting legacy for Bournemouth and the surrounding areas, promoting wellbeing in all its forms.

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. The weekend will consist of an explosion of art with many fantastic events taking place throughout the town which everyone can be involved in. The festival is delivered by BCP Council with the support of the Arts Council England and aims to provide inclusive and accessible events across a range of disciplines, most of which will be free and unrestricted to attend so there definitely will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Visit artsbythesea.co.uk for updates and more information.