25 June 2017

SPECULATIVE
SUMMER UPDATE 2017

Funded by Arts Council Grants for the Arts CONCRETE+CLAY was Beacon Bureau’s first project and proved to be a great success. For those of you who were unable come to the exhibition images can be found here:
https://beaconbureau.co.uk/proactive/concrete-and-clay/exhibition-images/

This funding has also allowed John Plowman to work with Mark Segal of The Artist Agency https://www.theartistsagency.co.uk to develop and establish a workable framework for Beacon Bureau in which his skills, knowledge and experience can be utilised by being:

  • PROACTIVE  - To actively seek out and provide opportunities for John Plowman to collaborate with others whose interests are congruent with his own.
  • SPECULATIVE – To engage in speculative creative activity to ensure pertinent projects are under development.
  • SUPPORTIVE - To offer advice and support to artists and small arts organisations develop and achieve their artistic ambitions.

All this has now been to brought together here: https://beaconbureau.co.uk/

2 April 2017

CONCRETE+CLAY

CONCRETE+CLAY is a curatorial collaboration between Roaming Room and Beacon Bureau. Their respective locations Roaming Room (urban) and Beacon Bureau (rural) find commonality in the fact that, as raw materials, CONCRETE+CLAY are both extracted from the ground upon which we walk, live and build. This affinity makes these two materials suitable but unlikely bedfellows. Their plasticity comes to mind; their stability reliant on fire and water; fire rendering clay into a more permanent state whilst water (the antidote to fire) binds together the constituents of concrete giving it its strength. CONCRETE+CLAY, extracted from the ground and destined to return if not now but some time in the indeterminable future. Waiting to be unearthed by archaeologists and geologists who will pass judgment on our current geological epoch, the Anthroposcene.

CONCRETE+CLAY is an exhibition of sculpture, installation, drawing and film creating tangential connections between concrete and clay, geography and archaeology, past and present, real and imagined. Taking you on a journey from extant WW2 pillboxes in rural locations through the experience of walking in the urban landscape to the demolition of high-rise tower blocks.

10 March 2017

Beacon Bureau

Beacon Bureau a framework for visual art projects led by John Plowman, either as independent ventures or as collaborations with others. https://beaconbureau.co.uk/

Beacon Bureau has been awarded Arts Council Grants for the Arts funding to further its development and to produce its first project, ‘Concrete+Clay’, 6-29 April, a collaboration with Roaming Room, London. If you would like to receive information about this and other projects please subscribe here:

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19 February 2017

Making Beacon Bureau

https://beaconbureau.co.uk/

1 January 2017

BEACON BUREAU

www.beaconbureau.co.uk

5 June 2016

LIGHT DIMMER
June 2016

6 March 2016

B. WITH THE FLOW

Beacon News

Following a successful debut at the Venice Biennale last summer Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf and Sunscreen, two projects commissioned by EM15*, will be at one of our partners venues, New Art Exchange in Nottingham from 2 April – 19 June 2016.http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/doug-fishbones-leisure-land-golf/99

Before going on to another partner QUAD in Derby from 1 July – 4 September 2016
http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/doug-fishbone’s-leisure-land-golf

*EM15 is a collective of arts organisations from the East Midlands comprising New Art Exchange, QUAD, One Thoresby Street and Beacon Art Project with support from Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

Also a gentle reminder that B.generous is continuing to raise funds for our programme of work and to ensure the sustainability of Beacon in the longer term. Your generosity will enable us to continue to curate, create and connect spaces for art, artists and audiences. PleaseB.generoushttp://beaconartproject.org/support/ 

Beacon Recommends

The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP  Open Daily 10 - 4

Europarc-Marc Renshaw
27 February – 27 March 2016
http://www.thecollectionmuseum.com/?/exhibitions-and-events/view/europarc-marc-renshaw

Join Marc Renshaw on Saturday the 12th March for a drop-in event at The Collection in Lincoln where he'll be sharing extracts and reflections from his research for the Europarc project. There will also be corporate refreshments available throughout the day.

The Russell Chantry:Lothar Götz/Duncan Grant
13 February – 29 May 2016
http://www.thecollectionmuseum.com/?/exhibitions-and-events/view/the-russell-chantry-lothar-gtz-duncan-grant

CVAN,EM event for artists and arts organisations.  
Attenborough Arts, Leicester
Friday 18 March 2016 12 - 6pm.

The Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the East Midlands is holding its annual coming together for artists and arts organisations.  Join us for an afternoon of discussion around making it happen.  Emily Pethick, Director of The Showroom, London in conversation with Janna Graham, Head of Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary will set the context for the event which will also feature contributions from members of the network.  For those who have not yet visited this is taking place at Attenborough Arts, there will be an opportunity to see Lucy & Jorge Orta's exhibition. Lunch will be included and after the event we will take a stroll through the city to the Phoenix via Leicester Print Workshop.  To book:https://goo.gl/j9UGfA

7 December 2015

We're nearly there!

As we approach the years end we wanted to remind you about our fundraising event B.dined and our activity over the last twelve months.

There is still time to book tickets for B.dined please do come and join us for a delicious evening meal (meat and dairy free), conviviality, art and a welcome cocktail.

All proceeds from B.dined will enable us to continue to curate, create and connect spaces for art, artists and audiences.

We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 12 December 7pm at
The Reading Room and Chapel, High Street, Wellingore, LN5 0HW

Tickets are £25 per person (children under 16 free) and can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bdined-tickets-19248420544

The past twelve months has seen the culmination and success of B.professional our programme of development opportunities for artists and audiences. For which we hosted three artist residencies in Wellingore and mentored six East Midlands based artists, each of whom gave a presentation about their work at one of three well attended B.talking events.

Another significant and successful activity has been Beacon’s membership of EM15 a partnership of four East Midlands based visual art organisations. It has been a tremendous experience working with our partners One Thoresby Street, Nottingham, QUAD, Derby and New Art Exchange, Nottingham. As a result of over 18 months of meetings, planning the EM15 partnership presented the first East Midlands pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year. We are now in the preliminary planning stages for Venice 2017!  http://em15venice.co.uk

25 October 2015

B.dined

We invite you to our annual fundraising event B.dined. Please do come and join us for a delicious evening meal (meat free), conviviality, art and a welcome cocktail.

Saturday 12 December 7pm
Tickets £25 per person (children under 16 free)

Please book online here: 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bdined-tickets-19248420544

Bring your friends and family and spread the word!

The B.dined event is part of our ongoing B.generous fundraising drive http://beaconartproject.org/support/
Proceeds from this event will go towards our fundraising programme, enabling us to deliver our future programme of work and ensure the sustainability of Beacon in the longer term.

Beacon is committed to working with artists and audiences of all ages and backgrounds to 
create significant cultural encounters and experiences. Since 2004 we have commissioned 
and worked with over 70 artists to deliver an exciting and innovative programme of work that has included commissioned art works 
exhibited in heritage sites, performances, talks, events, residencies and mentoring.

Your generosity will enable us to continue to curate, create and connect spaces for art, artists and audiences.

13 July 2015

SUMMER UPDATE 2015

B.generous

We’ve now come to the end of a very busy and successful few months for Beacon that has culminated, as part of the EM15 partnership, in the presentation of ‘Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf’ as a collateral event at this years Venice Biennale, images can be seen here:http://beaconartproject.org/projects/

April also saw the final event of our popular and B.professional programme, the following feedback is testament to its success.

'I felt that there was a particular edge to the audience on the evening that created an interesting tension in the performances and presentations by all the artists involved.' Audience member.

‘It has been a wonderful opportunity for me in so many ways.  Not only as a unique space and time to develop my practice, but also to reflect on it, to talk, and to ask questions. I feel privileged to have met so many wonderful people through the residency.’ B.resident artist.

‘To have someone devote a considerable amount of time to your practice facilitates their deep understanding of the work, which uniquely allows the level of critical engagement to be very precise. This supportive process allows time for a much more considered, and targeted development.’ B.mentored artist.

Following a period of R+D we are now working toward delivering a two-year programme of work and to ensure the sustainability of Beacon in the longer term.

In common with all other UK visual art organisations Beacon has to cast the net wide to secure funding from as many sources as possible. As well applying for pulic funding we are launching our B.generous scheme and are asking for donations, however big or small, to support our programme of work. Your generosity will help Beacon continue to curate, create and connect spaces for art, artists and audiences.

Beacon is committed to working with artists and audiences of all ages and backgrounds to 
create significant cultural encounters and experiences. Since 2004 we have commissioned 
and worked with over 70 artists to deliver an exciting and innovative programme of work that has included commissioned art works
 exhibited in heritage sites, performances, talks, events, residencies and mentoring.

As a charity donations from individuals who are UK tax-payers qualify for Gift Aid will allow Beacon to claim an extra 25p on every pound donated.

Please B.generous to make a secure donation please click here:

http://beaconartproject.org/support/

Many thanks and have a great summer, we’ll be back in touch in the autumn within an update.

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