NEWS


APRIL UPDATE

Beacon Bureau is very pleased to be working with Dunhill and O’Brien.  http://www.dunhillandobrien.co.uk 

Their next major project will be in Stoke on Trent and is entitled ‘TERMS AND CONDITIONS: propositions in clay’ . During a three week residency at the Airspace Gallery in August Dunhill and O’Brien will be working with local participants who have knowledge and expertise in a range of occupations and activities. Using clay, tools and apparatus, Dunhill and O’Brien will deliver a series of workshops to explore the different attributes that determine and inform the ability to co-ordinate different senses in relation to hand skills and materials. This residency period will culminate with simultaneous exhibitions, each featuring new artworks, at the Airspace Gallery and the Gladstone Pottery Museum from 3 September – 12 October during the British Ceramics Biennial.

JUNE ARTIST RESIDENCIES
Research Residency
At the beginning of June Beacon Bureau welcomes Bill Burns from Canada who will spend a week with us in Lincolnshire researching and developing a new project for 2020.
http://billburnsprojects.com
Production Residency
Later in June Bernard Leibov Director and Curator of Boxo Projects, Joshua Tree, California will be spending two weeks collaborating with John Plowman on the production of a new body of work. They will take their cue from the work they produced together during John’s residency at Boxo Projects at the beginning of 2018.  https://boxoprojects.com
NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO?
Beacon Bureau has also been successful in obtaining Arts Council Project funding to support the exhibition ‘No particular Place To Go?’ 
Beacon Bureau has partnered with the Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, with support from them and other funders, will enable the delivery of this exhibition of sculptures by artists who have exhibited at the Castlefield Gallery since its first exhibition of Anthony Caro’s Table sculptures in 1984. The exhibition will explore the gallery’s archive and 35 years of sculptural production in the UK and will be curated by Beacon’s Director John Plowman and Art Historian/Curator Clare O’Dowd.  We are currently finalising our archival research, once completed more details about the exhibition, artists and funders will be released.

ARE YOU A HANDS-ON PERSON?

Do you have knowledge of and expertise in any of these occupations or activities ? – Surgeon, Hairdresser, Barber, Masseur, Tailor, Dressmaker, Jeweller, Baker, Dentist, Ceramicist, Plasterer, Carpenter, Bouldering, Parkour.If so, and you would like to participate in an exciting and experimental visual art project, then artists Dunhill and O’Brien would love to hear from you.
Mark Dunhill and Tamiko O’Brien have produced and exhibited collaborative sculptures and artworks over the past 20 years. http://www.dunhillandobrien.co.uk/
Their next major project, ‘Terms and Conditions: Propositions in Clay’, is a residency and exhibition at Airspace Gallery and the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke on Trent during the British Ceramic Biennale later this year.An important component of this project is to work with a group of individuals from Stoke on Trent who have knowledge and expertise in a range of occupations and activities that foreground an understanding and appreciation of 3 dimensional thinking and making. The aim is to set up workshop sessions using clay to explore the different attributes that determine and inform the ability to co-ordinate different senses in relation to hand skills and materials. In the first instance Mark and Tamiko would like to hear from individuals who are interested in knowing more about what would be involved in participating with them during the project in Stoke on Trent.If you are interested or have any queries please email: dunhillobrien@gmail.com

‘TERMS AND CONDITIONS:propositions in clay

Over the course of 2018 I worked with Dunhill and O’Brien http://www.dunhillandobrien.co.uk to develop and successfully fundraise for this project. ‘TERMS AND CONDITIONS:propositions in clay’, is a residency and exhibition of new works by Dunhill and O’Brien at the Airspace Gallery and Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke on Trent. 27 September – 9 November 2019.

Are you looking for sustained support to achieve your artistic ambitions?

Beacon Bureau can offer significant bespoke advice, assistance and advocacy to selected artists and artist led groups. This service is offered to artists on a twelve monthly retainer basis payable monthly or annually at a discounted rate. Beacon Bureau is interested in working with artists and groups who have a coherent and definable art practice and who would benefit from the extensive experience of John Plowman
https://beaconbureau.co.uk/supportive/john-plowman/

For more information please contact John Plowman
beaconbureau@gmail.com

THE COLLAB PROJECT

‘Doggod’ 2018 (video still)

Open House for The Collab Project

Saturday February 3, 2018 3 – ­6pm

Bernard Leibov and John Plowman are collaborating on a project that explores the dynamic of the collaborative process. Their aim is to establish a framework for the collaboration where the focus will be on studio production that explores a sense of place. They are engaging in a process to interrogate and better understand their respective positions of artist and curator and present work reflective of this process. Key to the collaboration will be their experiences, of making, curating, presenting contemporary art and engaging with audiences in non­gallery spaces outside of an urban context. Please join us for an open house that presents the primary outcomes of this project.

BoxoHOUSE 62732 Sullivan Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.

JANUARY UPDATE 2018
PROACTIVE

Beacon Bureau has just commenced a residency with BoxoPROJECTS in Joshua Tree California. https://boxoprojects.com

Bernard Leibov, curator/artist, and John Plowman are collaborating on a project that explores the dynamic of the collaborative process. Their aim is to establish a framework for the collaboration where the focus will be on studio production that explores a sense of place. They will engage in a process to interrogate and better understand their respective positions of artist and curator. Key to the collaboration will be their experiences, of making, curating, presenting contemporary art and engaging with audiences in non-gallery spaces outside of an urban context. There will be a public facing event at the end of the project on 3 February 2018.

SUPPORTIVE

Beacon Bureau has just started working with artists Mark Dunhill and Tamiko O’Brien, who as Dunhill-O’Brien, have been working collaboratively since 1998. Over the next 12 months John Plowman will be supporting them on the development of new projects, more details over the coming months. Their website is currently being updated and will be back online at the end of January: http://www.dunhillandobrien.co.uk

If you are interested in Beacon Bureau’s Supportive opportunity click here: https://beaconbureau.co.uk/supportive/

SUMMER UPDATE 2017
SPECULATIVE
MILTON WRECK – a landmark of childhood.

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 me 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 my skills, knowledge and experience can be utilised by being:

  • PROACTIVE – To actively seek out and provide opportunities for me to collaborate with others whose interests are congruent with my 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 ambition.
    All this has now been to brought together here:

https://beaconbureau.co.uk/

Have a good summer.

Best wishes

John Plowman

MARCH 2017

Beacon Bureau has been awarded Arts Council Grants for the Arts funding to develop Beacon Bureau as a framework for visual art projects led by and including artist John Plowman, either as independent ventures or collaborations with others. John Plowman will be working with Mark Segal, of The Artist Agency, who will provide advice and mentoring support to finalise a plan to enable Beacon Bureau’s long term sustainability. John Plowman will also collaborate with Roaming ROOM to curate the exhibition ‘Concrete+ Clay’ 6-29 April. An exhibition of work from a diverse age range of artists to create tangential connections between concrete and clay, geography and archaeology, past, present and future, real and imagined making these visible through sculpture, installation, drawing and film. Please go to the menu for further details.