10 August 2014


B.professional is an integrated programme of development opportunities for artists, audiences and arts professionals. Its four strands B.resident, B.mentored, B.talking and B.audience come together to create meaningful spaces of connectivity for artists and their audience.

B.resident is a series of three artist residencies in which each artist will be provided with a fee, studio, living accommodation and mentoring support. Each two-week residency will culminate with an exhibition and a presentation by the artist as part of the B.talking programme. Alexandra Parry, Lorrice Douglas and Cedar Lewisohn were selected to B.resident following a national call for submissions.
The aims of B.resident are to:

  • Offer the selected artists the time and space to focus on the development of their work.
  • Challenge the selected artists to develop their understanding of how a contemporary art practice may reside in a rural context.
  • Develop longer-term relationships with the artists Beacon works with.

B.mentored, running concurrently with B.resident, focuses on the development of critical thinking around an individual artists practice. Open to application from artists living or working in the East Midlands region the following artists were selected GÂST, Marc Renshaw, Ellie Collins, Scott Mason, Alice White and Claire Morris-Wright. Each artist will receive mentoring sessions tailored to meet their individual needs and will present their practice at a B.talking event.

B.talking a free programme of events to which you are invited to B.audience. Each B.talking event is held in a social and convivial setting providing a user-friendly forum for the sharing of opinions, understanding, information and support about contemporary art practice. Attendees living within a 15-mile radius will offered free return travel by minibus.

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19 January 2013

The Times Magazine
19 January 2013

The Times Magazine, 19.01.13
Welcome to our designer chapel
Report Vinny Lee Photographs James Balston
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23 November 2012

Thank you

Beacon would like to thank all of the audience who attended COMPASS, as well as the artists, volunteers, staff, freelancers and site partners who worked on the exhibition with us and thanks to everyone who has sent us kind responses to the excursion and the experience. We greatly appreciate the feedback.

Thank you too, to everyone who has participated in Beacon's other activity during the year.

Beacon has now finished the 2012 activity and we are starting to make plans for next year.
To keep updated with information of forthcoming Beacon activity be sure to subscribe to our mailing list via our contact page to receive email newsletters, or follow us on Facebook or twitter.

with best wishes for a good Christmas and New Year,

Nicola and John

23 November 2012

6-28 October 2012

6-28 October 2012
Woolsthorpe Manor, Grimsthorpe Castle and Ayscoughfee Hall, Lincolnshire

Jordan Baseman, Amanda Coogan, Jem Finer, Bethan Huws
Performance programme: Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Joana Cifre-Cerda, Robert Foster, Laura Mahony, Julieann O'Malley, Hestia Peppe and Sally Anne Roberts

Read about COMPASS

Museums Journal
Culture 24
This is Lincolnshire
The Lincolnite 
Andrew Bracey

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22 November 2012

Beacon at Mostyn's 'Giant Step'

John and I were delighted to have participated in Giant Step 2 hosted at Mostyn in Wales in October. Robert Stephen was the guest blogger to record the event and here is his write up.

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3 September 2012

Beacon Bi-Monthly 12
Friday 7 September 2012

Mel Brimfield, <i>Between Genius and Desire </i> (installation view) 2012

Mel Brimfield, Between Genius and Desire (installation view) 2012

An evening of artists’ presentations and interventions
Friday 7 Sept 2012
Reading Room & Chapel, High Street, Wellingore, Lincoln LN5 0HW

Mel Brimfield
Scott Mason
Helen Stratford

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7 July 2012

Bi-Monthly 11
6 July 2012

Sarah Staton,  <i>The Rain is Heaviest over the Hills</i>  2011

Sarah Staton, The Rain is Heaviest over the Hills 2011

An evening of artists’ presentations and interventions
Friday 6 July 2012, 7-10pm
Reading Room & Chapel, High Street, Wellingore, Lincoln LN5 0HW

Sarah Staton Artist
Traci Kelly Nottinghamshire based artist, selected by The Summer Lodge (A Fine Art research event at Nottingham Trent University)
Reactor Art group

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24 June 2012

22 June 2012

Visibility and Invisibility: Audience, Artist and Curator
Reading Room & Chapel, High Street, Wellingore, Lincoln LN5 0HW

Food, conversation and debate were shared with guest speakers Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain and Alfredo Cramerotti, Director of Mostyn, Wales. The programme for the day was structured around the lunch with questions before and answers after, incorporating contributions from two artists previously commissioned by Beacon, Doug Fishbone and Kelly Large.

Alfredo Cramerotti is a writer, curator, editor and artist working across a variety of media such as TV, radio, publishing, internet, media festivals, photography, writing and exhibition curating. He directs Mostyn, Wales’ largest and leading contemporary art centre, co-directs AGM Culture, roaming curatorial agency and CPS Chamber of Public Secrets, media & art production unit (co-curator of Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Region of Murcia, Spain, 2010). He is Research Scholar at the European Centre for Photography Research, University of Wales, Newport, Visiting Lecturer in various European Universities among others NTU Nottingham Trent University, University of Westminster, HEAD Geneva and DAI Dutch Arts Institute, and Editor of the Critical Photography book series by Intellect Books. His own publications include the book Aesthetic Journalism: How to inform without informing (2009) and Unmapping the City: Perspectives of Flatness (2010).


Penelope Curtis In 1988 Penelope Curtis joined the new Tate Gallery Liverpool as Exhibitions Curator. In 1994 she moved to the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, where as Curator, she was responsible for a programme of historical and contemporary sculpture exhibitions, collections building in sculpture and archive, and research activity including events, fellowships and publications. She has written widely on 20th-century British sculpture, on European art and architecture of the inter-war years, and on many contemporary sculptors including Thomas Schűtte, Gerard Byrne and Isa Genzken. She is author of Sculpture 1900-1945: After Rodin (OUP, 1999) and Patio and Pavilion: The place of sculpture in Modern Architecture (Ridinghouse, 2007) and has recently curated Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy, London. Penelope Curtis became Director of Tate Britain in April 2010.

8 May 2012

Bi-Monthly 10
4 May 2012

S. Mark Gubb <i>The Bewildered Herd: Text Works and Other Things</i> 2004-2010

S. Mark Gubb The Bewildered Herd: Text Works and Other Things 2004-2010

An evening of artists’ presentations from S. Mark Gubb and Jonathan Roberts and a Beacon Conversation: Collaborative working with Kate Genever.

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4 March 2012

Bi-Monthly 9
2 March 2012

Krystina Naylor, <i>Untitled (skin I)</i>2011

Krystina Naylor, Untitled (skin I)2011

An evening of artists’ presentations and interventions with Krystina Naylor, Marc Renshaw and A Beacon conversation, Audience, with John Plowman and Nicola Streeten, Beacon directors.

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