Botanical Observatory

Ollie Burton recently graduated from the BA (Hons) Architecture course at Arts University Bournemouth. This is his final major project “Botanical Observatory”.


Set within Poole more specifically a brownfield site located on the quayside, the site promotes the idea of boundaries and borders. Poole itself can be seen as a location that divides the natural surroundings and the built environment, it is a perfect embodiment of the urban sprawl concept whereby the man made environment continues to encroach and repurpose the natural environment for the needs of the city. Using this as motivation, the wider context was analysed in an effort to provide the concept a function. Alongside this approach the analysis of the surrounding geology was also considered utilising the suggestion that rock formations possess a permanent nature to them evoking ideas surrounding time.screen-shot-2015-08-25-at-13.16.32

The geographical position, in which Poole sits, surrounded by a natural harbour and penned in by large swathes of natural landscape makes the site a perfect recipient for the ecological infrastructure. Purbeck, Hartland, Holton, Studland, Brownsea and Stoborough are all nature reserves or heaths in the immediate vicinity which support the vitality of the local eco systems.

The location of these surrounding sites influenced the decisions with regards to client and purpose, using the National Trust as a vehicle for the development, the centre located in Poole, becomes a hub for environmental activity, whilst partnerships with respective heathlands and reserves ensures a sustainable, flow of seeds and botanic samples.


The function aspects associated with the archiving of seeds and botanic’s incorporate the survival of genetic diversity, forming the basis for provision of Staple food groups, textiles, horticulture, agriculture, breeding, raw construction materials, energy production environmental management and the maintenance of biodiversity.

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In a more poetic association, the study and archiving of these plants and seeds can map the symbiotic relationship between man and nature, the plant acting as a vehicle that carries culture illustrating the fragility of human life and the increasing pressures placed upon the natural world. Often the minute scale at which these plants and organisms exist, allows their life cycles and process to the viewed as microcosms of our own existence.
The relationship between man and plant is reflected in humans utmost dependence on their existence, not only for agriculture but the support of our ecosystem as a whole suggesting that whilst the plant it its immediacy is viewed as a fragile being, the structure and reach of its effects are wholesomely fundamental.


The botanic Observatory is a design in response to my final major project brief. A multidisciplinary studio that looks to the surrounding ecology through science and art in the pursuit of creative sustainable outcomes, promoting both contemporary creative practice and ecologically motivated learning. Observatory acts as an ecological Archive and seed bank placed upon the urban boundary of Poole and its surrounding natural reserves. Utilising a multidisciplinary approach concerning, biologists, agriculturalists, engineers, artists, and photographers to stimulate creative proposals concerning the observed ecology within the building. The building itself adopts a tapered programmatic approach to allow for the multiple disciplines within the structure to collaborate with ease facilitating the creation of diverse outcomes. This is achieved through a basic division upon the site using a large mass wall to compound the separation between public and private space which is perforated to allow the occupants to observe the botanic garden raised above the bustle of public life below.

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Personal Space

Anna Chase-Roberts is a Level 5 BA (Hons) Illustration student at Arts University Bournemouth.

For this project, I explored the idea of people’s personal spaces or sanctuaries, primarily looking at bedrooms. I wanted to examine how people create their own little worlds and what they surround themselves with, why and how that reflects on and affects the individual.

This project relied heavily on extensive reportage illustration of people’s bedrooms, the  subjects naturally being the bedrooms of my friends at AUB. For art students the bedroom often doubles as a studio/workspace. People tailor their environment to suit their creative processes and so their bedrooms are influenced by as well as impacting upon their work.

These final pieces depict the university bedrooms of myself and my friends. The approach I used is multilayered and mixed media, creating a sense of depth and capturing different textures found in the interiors. One of the most important elements was including as many tiny details as I could, looking closely at the pieces one can see titles of books and DVDs, images  and photographs stuck on walls, clues that reveal much about the tastes, interests and life of the inhabitant.

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Showcasing Joanne Banks

Joanne Banks recently graduated from the BA (Hons) Commercial Photography course at Arts University Bournemouth. The following two photo shoots were part of her Final Major Project.

The Fisherman is a menswear editorial based upon designer Lizzie Atkins collection ‘The fisherman who can’t swim’. Lizzie grew up in a seaside town where she got to know a local fisherman Tabla Rassa who spends his life on a boat despite not being able to swim. The editorial captures all the aspects of a beach that do not require the need to swim, styled and casted with a contemporary portrayal to represent the modern man. The project was recently featured on The Ones2Watch.
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Joanne’s next project won the AOP Student Award Best in Category: Sunday Supplement Cover.
Able, Not Disabled is a portrait series featuring physically disabled individuals with the aim to challenge the perceptions of disability and the norms of fashion.

The subjects range from ex-military to those facing illness. Inspired by the London 2012 Paralympics, all four physically disabled subjects were chosen because of their participation in sport; consequently they have been styled in fashionable sportswear by stylists Annabel Lucey and Laura Haines. All three men attend the same Wheelchair Rugby club and the woman is a keen swimmer and gym-goer.

Rather than treating disability as the sole identity of a person and as an issue that demands sympathy, the portraits purposely do not emphasise this aspect. Instead, the fuse of fashion and portraiture creates a contemporary and authentic portrayal with the disability a subtle part of the individual, instead of being an abnormal element that takes over the image, in order to encourage the viewer to re –think the meaning of the word disabled whilst breaking the model stereotype.

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Birds and Other Stories

Anastasia Tetiuckich is a Level 5 student, currently on BA (Hons) Illustration at Arts University Bournemouth.

The illustrations were produced in response to “The Birds and Other Stories” by Daphne du Maurier. Although the collection of short stories includes “The Birds” which was made into a film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock, the anthology has not been illustrated. This circumstance made this project quite tempting – it gave the freedom of visual interpretation unaffected by any existing imagery. These images are the start for a series of speculative narrative illustrations for this year’s university work. Hopefully, in the future the illustrated stories will be assembled into a real published book.

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Showcasing Rebeka Tarane

Rebeka Tarane is a Level 5 student on BA (Hons) Fine Art at Arts University Bournemouth.

I have been exploring the inner workings of my mind through abstract expressionism, while being heavily inspired by mid 20th century American culture, art and literature, trying to visualise and organize the web of constant information flowing through the mind.

The main source of these works comes from pursuing “stream of consciousness” type of writing which has formed into a habit, sometimes obsessive hoarding of quotes, lyrics and random texts. Later these writings are taken to be portrayed through gesture and colour, incorporating the text within the piece.

The pieces are intimate diary entries transformed into something that can be viewed by audience and interpreted by a viewer as an individual.

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Caitlin Chescoe is a recent 2015 graduate from Arts University Bournemouth who studied BA (Hons) Photography.
Volunteers are present in every area of society, yet their contributions largely go unacknowledged.
My work is the outcome of my engagement with a number of charities and organisations that rely heavily on the time volunteers provide to support their community and the environment.
Each individual has their own particular reasons for committing and I aimed to provide an insight into the chosen lifestyle of these ‘hidden’ members of the community. I have chosen to document a combination of staged and brief encounters with the volunteers whilst they were engaged in a moment of reflection.










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A Line Going On A Walk


Gianne Amparo will start her second year on BA (Hons) Illustration at Arts University Bournemouth this September.



The above composition is one of Gianne’s final pieces, in submission for the last unit during her first year of Illustration. She was highly influenced by the colours found from old record covers as early as the 1970’s, which used very bright and exciting colour palettes. Gianne created this as part of a children’s narrative, with her theme centred on anxiety and stage fright.



Within this piece, Gianne was influenced by the Beatles, and wanted to capture her main character hard at work, whilst composing songs for a performance. Her project was based around anxiety and stage fright, and this was one of her final pieces for her children’s narrative.

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To create this long children’s mural, Gianne was inspired by a quote by artist Paul Klee, in which he states: A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. She wanted to create a sense of narrative as you look at the mural itself, and tried to capture a loose energy, similar to listening to music. Gianne wanted to experiment on a larger scale than usual, and created this artwork as a result!

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Steampunk Pilot

Jonas Roscinas is a Level 5 BA (Hons) Modelmaking student at Arts University Bournemouth.

Here is a character that I designed and modelled in my spare time. It took me a couple of weeks to do it from start to finish. I looked into very interesting art direction which is called Steampunk and I would suggest people to check it out, as it shows how creative people can be when it comes to designing things using steam technology.

In the near future I hope to make more characters like this as mostly I’ve been working with Creatures and Monsters. This model then can be rigged, animated and used in various media such as Movies, Animation or Video games.


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Showcasing Xintian Huang

Xintian Huang is studying Illustration (MA) at Arts University Bournemouth.

I have been concentrating on producing monochromatic drawings throughout my Master’s year, which were related to my interest about ‘the Uncanny’.

The Master’s Project is about revisiting the old places that people have ever lived in. There is not an exact story among the images, while I let my audiences to imagine what is going on around these scenes. Through the atmospheric and mysterious images, I hope that the viewers can find some clues about their forgotten memories and wander in the past, with a feeling of nostalgia or strangeness.





Alongside the project work, I have been doing several personal works with a variety of media, which are inspired by specimen, the universe, natural surroundings and landscape.




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The Oddyssey

Leo Gauvain is a Level 6 student currently studying Photography at Arts University Bournemouth.

Based on the epic narrative from the modernist writer James Joyce’s Ulysses, this book traces its dominant themes with personal photographs. As Joyce did in his literature, The Oddyssey questions aspects the human condition. The tension and relationships between images in this book is structured and animated through its meta narrative – human life. The Oddyssey is an ongoing personal project that attempts to understand one’s humanity through images.

An individual’s perception of these photographs can’t correlate with the artist’s intentions; the amalgam of images detail the subjective influence of their idiosyncratic mind. With this we can begin to construct a pseudo-objective of view an otherwise isolated consciousness. We can’t know their nationality or shoe size but we can see how they chose to spend their time and try to understand their obsessive tendencies. Photographic Empathy.

This book was hand bound with a coptic stitch and an open spine, the publication is proceeded a short film entitled Rituals.

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The entire web version of the book can be found here:

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