The Cabinet of Living Cinema is a not-for-profit organisation founded in Boscombe in 2010 and which runs community/participatory projects with partners across Dorset including Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival (BEAF), CODA Fiddle Orchestra, Creative Kids, Durlston Country Park, Bridport Lyric, Artsreach, Poole Lighthouse, Shelley Theatre, St. Peter’s Church (Bournemouth), AUB and with individual emerging artists and creatives, who it supports through these projects.

Our 2021/2022 Dorset-based festival #shelleyfest:200. Shared Heritage, Shared Creativity celebrates the dynamic mind, work and last few months of the poet Shelley, who died by drowning 200 years ago on July 8th, 1822 and whose heart is buried in St. Peter’s Church, Bournemouth. His son, Percy, founded a school in Boscombe (now the Old School House). The festival culminates in a day of participatory Enchanted Cinema events at Boscombe Arts Depot, 2nd April (workshop 10am, evening show 7pm).

Our previous Dorset-based projects include Visionary Boscombe (2020-2021) and the Kingdom of Paul Nash, inspired by Boscombe and Dorset’s rich artistic and literary heritage and celebrating / showcasing the emerging talent of its creatives.

Other participatory projects can be found here.

Details of current project with Durlston Country Park can be found here.

To find out more about our Dorset events including our plans to celebrate the Jubilee in June, join our newsletter community.

To book a participatory live cinema event at your venue, museum, gallery, church or community space, contact us here.

“The Cabinet of Living Cinema magically bring stories to life with hypnotic animation and beautiful, innovative and atmospheric scores.”
(Liz Moreton, Senior Producer, BAC)

Our collaboration with AUB (Arts University Bournemouth)

As part of #shelleyfest200, we invited AUB students to submit animation around the theme of haunting and the sea. First to say that the quality of these were exceptional. We’re stoked such talent is brewing in Dorset! It’s our hope to develop this collaboration further for our September tour (Animated Journeys) and we will be asking students to submit work again shortly.

The shortlist we selected was as follows with links given:

Out of My Depth:


Shallow Bodies:

Wolf’s Lullaby:


We will be presenting 2 animated films on 2nd April at BAD as part of our finale event to be announced shortly and will be showcasing all 5 films as part of our ongoing collaborative project.

A huge thank you to Dorian Terkelsen (AUB) for facilitating this exciting new collaboration.

Dorset Magazine