The Great Exhibition was born as an event in 2013, but it became so much more than that. A dynamic team formed, structure came together so we developed it into a social enterprise to match our values and work ethic of giving back.
Being a social enterprise means we re-invest our time and profits back into the business for community projects which particularly support creative vulnerable and young people who may not otherwise have an opportunity to shine. With our 'teach a man to fish' model, we support start ups, offer mentoring, and work with a number of local charities and social enterprises.
Our ever expanding network of local industry experts and freelance team members includes artists, designers, IT specialists, marketeers, performers, entrepreneurs, community leaders and mentors, who form an energetic team of passionate and enthusiastic role models and visionaries for our next creative generation.
" The events we have created and supported offer lasting collaboration, enterprise and memories.
My name is Clare Belmont, I’m the Creative Director and leader of shenanigans.
After a long corporate career, a tool kit full of skills and a heart bursting to give more, I followed my creative passion, quit the corporate life and began managing community arts projects and events, engaging and offering support and inspiration to young and potentially vulnerable creatives.
The arts (music, theatre, fine art) and creative mentors nurtured and encouraged me to express my tormented younger years through my art, and ultimately creative mentors and the arts saved me from harmful choices.
Not just an event. It's a full experience, and we don't do things by half. Expect vibrant colour, character, laughter and fun.
It's about the Arts and creative people inspiring each other. We will bring our model to any neighbourhood, town or city and leave our cheat sheets and legacy for talented creatives to use and fly!
With a wealth of knowledge and experience we also offer end to end planning, project managing, organising, designing, building and theming spaces and tailored events to suit our client's needs and make their vision a reality..
Corporate or private
Parties and Festivals, Live music &
Dance events, Exhibitions, Flash
mobs, Pop up events such as pop up
shops, Children and family
workshops, Creative workshops for all
ages, Fundraising, Conferences and
meetings, Team building, ' How to'
workshops for creative startups.
We are a small business, with a big passion. This means you get to deal with the organisers directly with no middle man or agent. We partner with our clients to understand their needs and bring their vision to life.
We work with a vast network and strong team of industry experts, producers, facilitators and artists to create events with a lasting flavour, which reach more people and also become a force for positive change.
Because we do what we love and love what we do, we are happy in our work and this reflects in our service.
October 2012 at the Sovereign Shopping Centre. In partnership with Young Enterprise managing the One Community project, engaging 30 young people and commissioning 2 local artists (Rishi Ludgate & Vivienne Hoffman) to bring ideas to life.
For the Boscombe Community Interest Charity. August 2013 Children In Need sponsored us for creative community projects with children/young people, managing pop up spaces, workshops, events and mentoring to September 2014.
For the Sovereign Shopping Centre & Coastal Bid February 2013. Transforming the Sovereign centre into a stage for the weekend and catwalk for a sellout ticketed show and vibrant public talent show.
The Great Exhibition of Boscombe arts festival supported by Arts Council, England, Heritage Lottery, Coastal BID, Boscombe Regeneration Partnership & Local Improvement Fund. Offering free accessible arts engagement, pop up galleries, workshops, street entertainment.
In 2013/2014 we curated 16 pop up galleries, exhibitions, held performances, live music, high street installations, dance and arts/crafts workshops & demo's, arts fairs and commissioned public murals, all in the high street and shopping centres, cementing our creative identity, with incredible feedback from visitors/businesses.
In 2014 we had 32 'art trail' Boscombe venues. 2015 saw our biggest year, supported by the Arts Council and Heritage Lottery we began our journey into a sustainable enterprise model, creating paid roles and broadening our marketing campaigns. 2016 we launch in other towns!
For the Coastal BID December 2013, 2014 & 2015 - Countdown to Christmas with Coastal BID, Regeneration partnership & Local Improvement Fund. Hosting four weekends of community fun including free entertainment, competitions, pop ups and workshops. Including the 2015 Christmas light switch on in Boscombe with Hope FM and AFC Bournemouth.
For the Coastal Bid 2015, featuring family workshops, treasure hunt, street entertainment, fancy dress, competitions.
August 2014 we hosted 'Boscombe Art Week', with the Community Development Fund, including outdoor urban arts festival, 'Klash of Kings', street performance, pop up gallery and workshops in empty shop units.
For Boscombe Regeneration Partnership May 2015. Local market promotion and fresh new stalls, including a Random Acts of Kindness day with Bournemouth Youth Service.
For Boscombe Regeneration Partnership & Boscombe Market. An uplifting mashup in the high street formed by local volunteers - https://vimeo.com/138756728
In partnership with Bournemouth University, hosting a pop up shop incorporating the Arts Award for young artists. Showcasing BU & young local artists work.
November 2014- Feb 2015 in partnership with the EU Recreate we hosted 'Pop up by the Sea' in an empty shop unit, giving local artists, makers and artisans the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.