5 July 2015

Venice Biennale 2015

Beacon is one of the partner organisations of EM15 a collaboration between artist-led organisations and institutions from the East Midlands region of the UK. Our other partners are: One Thoresby Street, Nottingham; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; QUAD, Derby; Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.


For the 2015 Venice Biennale EM15 has commissioned two projects for its premiere presentation at the Venice Biennale: Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf a fully playable mini golf course and Sunscreen an online project featuring new digital commissions in the form of screensavers from 40 artists with a connection to the East Midlands region. Free to download from www.sun-screen.uk

Both projects responded to EM15’s curatorial approach to the 56th Venice Biennale - The Leisure Principle. The Leisure Principle considers the concept of tourism and trade as a metaphor to explore current global economic complexities through one of the defining principles of leisure, that of consumption and how this consumption shapes our identity.

View from the bridge (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

View from the bridge (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

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22 January 2015

B.resident 17-30 November 2014


The value of fragments

Build me to your edges 2014

Build me to your edges 2014

Lorrice Douglas reflects on her experience.

There are numerous ways in which I could reflect on this residency. With respect to time, yours and mine - I shall aim to introduce some (but not all) of the elements that were resonant for me.

Several of my projects have taken place in rural landscapes or transitional spaces. I particularly enjoy residencies and in each one there is a period of seeking. A desire to understand the geography; where I am.

My residency in Wellingore took place in a former Methodist Chapel Reading Room, a building designed for more than one purpose. It was a space for both looking in and looking out. I am intrigued by that dynamic.

Throughout my stay I was thinking about the notion of ‘pastoral’. Both in it’s associations with the rural landscape and in an awareness of others.

In addition to making new work, I considered the studio as a space for contemplation. One of the first things I noticed upon returning to this part of Lincolnshire was the afternoon light, which seemed golden as I drove over the wolds. In the days to follow the rapidly changing daylight became a characteristic of my temporary home, drawing its own images throughout the interior of the building. In my first week before I had met many people, I would photograph the light as it moved across the walls.

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2 November 2014

B.resident 10 - 24 September 2014


Alexandra Parry reflects on her experience.

I arrived in Wellingore at the beginning of September. My starting point for the residency was to explore how objects and situating objects in public space can provoke conversations with people and how this can be used as a research tool. So much information can be gleaned from the internet, but I am interested in acquiring knowledge through conversations and chance encounters with people in public spaces and using an object as the starting point for these conversations.

On my first day of the residency I walked around the village, getting an overall sense of the place I would be in for two weeks. I wandered around, following my instinct, the obvious paths in the village as well as suggestions that John, the curator at Beacon had given me. During this walk I was thinking about how I could find some materials to start making. In London, I’m used to there being an availability of free materials in public spaces - things households or industry have thrown out. On first glance in the streets of Wellingore there was one skip with a couple of pallets and some building rubble. So I approached a man who was doing some gardening outside his house and asked if he had any spare wood. He gave me a nice bit of hard wood and some plywood.

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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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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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19 June 2010


19 June - 11 July 2010
Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire DE73 7LE

Anna Barham, Karla Black, Marcel Broodthaers, Lucy Clout, Clem Crosby, 
Jimmie Durham, Mark Fairnington, Doug Fishbone, Martino Gamper, Roger Hiorns,  
John Plowman, Daniel Silver, Harald Smykla, Jack Strange

Curated by Sotiris Kyriacou and John Plowman

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1 June 2010


Barrington Court, Nr Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0NQ
June – November, 2010

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20 September 2009

Melissa Bliss, HINTERLAND, 2009

A scratch and sniff film commission, Lincolnshire

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30 April 2009

Kelly Large, Our Name is Legion, 2009

A residency at Kesteven and Sleaford High School, Lincolnshire

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1 July 2008

Kalemegdan Bridge Collaboration, 2008

A collaboration between British sculptor, Richard Deacon and Serbian sculptor, Mrdjan Bajic.
Belgrade, Serbia

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