Memories of the Five Administrations

15 May–22 June 2024

Simon Bedwell and Stephen Sutcliffe collaborate in an exhibition of new ceramics, video and painting.

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CHASMA

2-10 February 2024

‘Chasma’ might refer either to an abyss or a meteor and seems an apt metaphor for the processes of research.

Artist-researchers from the RCA’s School of Arts and Humanities mentored and curated by Beaconsfield.

 

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PAST PRESENT
Ioana Marinescu
BREAKING NEWS 20 MAY 2024 – PAST PRESENT WINS AFCN AWARD for ‘Promoting Romanian culture in the world’ at the AFCN Gala at the National Theatre in Bucharest.
MEMORIES OF THE FIVE ADMINISTRATIONS
Simon Bedwell, Stephen Sutcliffe

Exhibition: 15 May – 22 June (Wednesday – Saturday, 12-5pm)

British artists Simon Bedwell and Stephen Sutcliffe collaborate in an exhibition of new ceramics, video and painting. Bedwell’s new ceramics portray mainstream political figures from the last decade as slugs, inspired by satirists James Gillray and Steve Bell. These amorphous forms become the support for video works by Sutcliffe, which draw on an extensive archive of British television, film sound, broadcast images and spoken word recordings.

Beaconsfield, The Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland and Serlachius Museums are pleased to announce the shortlisted artists as follows:
  • Saara Ekstrom
  • Anssi Kasitonni
  • Jaakko Pietilainen
  • Vappu Rossi
  • Shubhangi Singh
  • Maija Tammi.
  • For further information click here: PRESS RELEASE

     

    CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2023
    EARTH-READING WITH PHOEBE COLLINGS-JAMES
    24 October 6-8pm
    Beaconsfield’s Environmental Artist in Residence Phoebe Collings-James leads the second in a series of reading groups.

    SONIC REFLECTIONS ON WINDRUSH WITH DUBMORPHOLOGY
    26 October 7.30-11pm
    Black Industrial Sound artists Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart AKA Dubmorphology return to Beaconsfield for Black History Month to weave black histories into a specially commissioned electro-acoustic sound performance.

     

    salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears
    Nastja Säde Rönkkö

    Residency: 23 January – 15 March (open by appointment)

    Exhibition: 16 March – 6 May (Wednesday – Saturday, 12-5pm)

    Nastja Säde Rönkkö, the third recipient of the Below Zero Finnish Art Prize, investigates relationships between the digital era, power, humanity and the future of our planet. For this commission she will develop three new moving image works on site, produced with Beaconsfield under the working title salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. Beaconsfield is in ‘Factory’ mode, with sculpture construction complete, the artist’s script in progress followed by Nastja filming (in the gallery and various sites across London) late February and installation leading up to the exhition opening in mid March.

    BEACONSFIELD AND THE WILD ESCAPE
    Beaconsfield is part of The Wild Escape, a major new project uniting hundreds of museums and galleries with schools and families to connect to the natural world in their local habitats. We will be working with local families and school children, ceramic artist Phoebe Collings-James and Rachael Nilssen of Mud Gang Pottery Studio, to contribute to re-wilding Kennington/Vauxhall while thinking about the role that earth or clay plays in our ecologies. These themes will be expanded in a public talk with Professor Kathryn Yusoff, author of A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (2019).

    LUCY GREGORY WINS BLOOMING LAMBETH AWARD 2022 FOR BEACONSFIELD’S GARDEN-YARD
    Congratulations to our brilliant horticulturalist Lucy Gregory, who won a Blooming Lambeth Award for Beaconsfield’s Garden-yard! Her ‘Best in Bloom’ 2022 award was presented in Lambeth Town Hall at a prizegiving event hosted by Arit Anderson, from BBC’s Gardeners’ World, and Incredible Edible Lambeth.

    SYSTEMIC PERIPHERALISM
    Mark Fell
    8 October – 3 December 2022
    Responding to Beaconsfield’s main gallery spaces, two new sonic installations mark a cautious return to public life, asking visitors to collectively engage in sensory exploration.

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