SUPPORTIVE

Beacon Bureau can offer advice and support to artists and small arts organisations to  develop and achieve their artistic ambitions.

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

John Plowman has over 37 years experience in the visual art sector in the UK, as a practitioner, writer and lecturer. https://johnplowman.com He has extensive knowledge of contemporary art practice that has informed his published writing, talks and lectures. He is well networked regionally, nationally and internationally. From 2010 -2015 he was a member of the CVAN-EM steering group part of the ACE funded national Contemporary Visual Art Network (CVAN) and is currently a trustee of Art in Romney Marsh http://www.artinromneymarsh.org.uk  With good organisational and leadership skills and always approaches tasks with a positive can do approach. He is able to work with and within constraints and to find solutions that facilitate a way of working to achieve the desired aims and objectives, working with rather than against.
Beacon Art Project (http://beaconartproject.org) was established by John Plowman and Nicola Streeten in 2004, from then until 2016 John Plowman directed and curated its programme on a project-by-project basis. Curating, creating and connecting spaces for art, artists and audiences delivering high quality art on time and within budget. Beacon Art Project developed a model of commissioning artworks, working with heritage sites, artists and audiences to create social, non-hierarchical and discursive spaces in which to encounter contemporary art. As an outward facing organization, Beacon Art Project was committed to supporting artists at all stages of their career. Working regionally, nationally and internationally with audience engagement always at the forefront of its mission.
Over this period John Plowman successfully raised over £500,000 from a variety of funding sources. Overseeing each of the projects including dealing with budgets, artist contracts, procurement, health and safety, liaising with artists, partners and stakeholders. During this time he worked with audiences and artists of all ages to produce events and commission context specific artwork providing opportunities for people to experience contemporary visual art in non-gallery spaces, usually heritage sites. Working with a range of stakeholders including English Heritage, National Trust, local authorities, universities, schools and private landowners. Since 2004 he has commissioned work from and worked with over 100 artists including Bruce Asbestos, Phyllida Barlow, Catherine Bertola, Karla Black, Marcel Broodthaers, Jimmie Durham, Doug Fishbone, Roger Hiorns, Jack Strange, Jessica Voorsanger, Amanda Coogan and Bob and Roberta Smith. Beacon Art Project was one of the partners of EM15 a collaboration between artist-led organisations and institutions from the East Midlands http://em15venice.co.uk In 2015, EM15 presented the first East Midlands pavilion as a collateral event at the Venice Biennale of which I was co-curator. We presented Doug Fishbone’s Leisure
Land Golf a fully playable mini golf course; with commissioned golf holes by the artists: John Akomfrah, Yara El Sherbini, Ellie Harrison, Candice Jacobs, Lindsey Seers, Yinka Shonibare, Eyal Weizman, Hetain Patel.