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.
ALEXANDRA PARRY September 2014
Alexandra Parry’s work is primarily concerned with the interaction between people and objects and how objects affect social relations. She explores this through making objects or structures that have an explicit social function or work to make social relations visible. Much of her work is about and situated in public space.
She has an interest in collaborative working models and is a co-director of the co-operatively run workshop RARA as well as a member of Collaborative Research Group based at CRATE project space in Margate. She frequently collaborates with people in the making of work.
Alexandra has undertaken several commissions of permanent and temporary works in the public realm including Walthamstow Marsh, Regents Park, Gillett Square in Dalston and Milton Keynes. She has exhibited at The Slade Research Centre, The Roundhouse Theatre, Amnesty International and Quay Arts. She has a BA in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. Alexandra lives and works in London.
LORRICE DOUGLAS November 2015
Lorrice Douglas works with installation, photography, sound and short written sketches. She gained a Masters degree in Fine Art at the Slade and went on to participate in De Ateliers Studio Programme, Amsterdam. Her practice is primarily about an observational space. Many of the projects have taken place in (or related to) culturally transitional spaces or rural settings.
'I spend time at a site and listen to the narratives that evolve out of being there. Through this, I am constructing a space where myself and the audience can pause, and observe a dynamic of which we are both a part. These can be moments of solitude and encounter, oblique or highly resonant, triggering notions of other spaces or other times.'
CEDAR LEWISOHN March 2015
Cedar Lewisohn is an artist and curator. He has recently been working on The Canals Project, a series of public art works for the waterways of East London. He recently organised The Hecklers, a large scale group exhibition for The New Art Gallery Walsall. Between 2005 and 2011 he worked for Tate. He has published two books and is currently working on a new project for the Jan Van Eyck Academy.