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'Bespoke' at Boscanova

Second year illustration students from the Arts University College at Bournemouth staged their very own successful exhibition yesterday at Boscombe’s Bosconova cafe in the area’s precinct. The idea was to raise funds for future exhibitions in London next year.
The exhibition is the first of many to come at the cafe and the public can also look forward to viewing, and buying, the exceptional work at the popular Boscombe market.
Organiser Sharon Beeden, senior lecturer at the university said: “Essentially what we are aiming to do is to make students much more entrepreneurial. IE finding context for their work in which to exhibit, in which to sell, and in turn generally get their work noticed.”
She went on to explain that the students are having to be increasingly market orientated as there are such fewer jobs now than there used to be.
The work on display did not just include the traditional drawings to illustrate text, although this was one major reason given as the difference between it and fine art, there were tee shirts, soft toys, Christmas cards, some hanging angel cat decorations, boxes, and jewellery.
Sharon Beedon noted that these days an illustrator has to be very diverse in order to earn a living and now there is the internet and computer games market.
An enthusiastic crowd gathered to view the art and created a ‘buzzing’ atmosphere as well as buying the products by the dozen.
Happy customer and first year student Ola was delighted with the work on display and the venue. She said: “I really like the place. I like what the other students are doing. They have seized this opportunity.” Of the exhibition itself she said: “Yes I love it.”
Boscombe and in particular the cafe Bosconova were chosen after a visit to the area by Sharon Beeden. She found the venue a very vibrant place. She said: “Really we were very drawn to cafe Boscanova. It has a very lively ambience and vibe.”
The initiative is the first of its kind for the university and is hopefully to be one of many. She said this is just a beginning and that she was very optimistic for the students.
The students themselves were very happy with the way the event turned out. “I had some very good feedback, said Natasha Durley.
She added: “It’s quite ‘buzzy’ here, there are loads of people. It’s going really really well, everyone is enjoying themselves.”
She went on to explain that she wants to be a freelance illustrator and echoed her tutor’s thoughts when she said that these days an illustrator has to be very diverse.
Altogether the night was a great success. Over a hundred people turned up and more than enough funds were raised.
In the future there will be themed evenings such a Valentines theme on February the 14.
The idea of getting the students work noticed certainly worked.
Sharon Beedon went on to describe how illustration is now at an exciting time and the boundaries between it and fine art are being blurred and she said:
“All the work you see here essentially sets the ethos of the course.”tumblr_lc9eykurPq1qelvs3o1_500

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