Beacon Bureau has just commenced a residency with BoxoPROJECTS in Joshua Tree California.

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.


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:

If you are interested in Beacon Bureau’s Supportive opportunity click here:

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:
This funding has also allowed me to work with Mark Segal of The Artist Agency 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:

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.