Support Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield believes that artists can catalyse radical change, so we curate a space for experimentation and invite future creatives to share in a feedback loop that hardwires maker, curator, viewer, and participant.

Your donation will help us commission new artists and test institutional stasis with innovation, experimentation and artistic freedom.

Beaconsfield is one of London’s longest running  artist run spaces – now in its 29th year. As an independent artist initiative and registered charity, and with no fixed state funding, we need to raise 100% of our income from a variety of sources – individuals and companies, as well as from funding bodies, trusts and foundations.

You can donate to Beaconsfield with a single or repeat payment and give as much or as little as you like or can afford – donations of any size make a huge difference to us. Every penny no matter how much you give is important to us – and will go directly towards our artists and for preserving the space in which they create.

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  • For more information on how to get involved and support the gallery, please contact admin@beaconsfield.ltd.uk


A big thank you to loyal friends & supporters:

Vicky Bowman and Htein Lin, Tamsyn Challenger, Julie Clarke, Mark Coster, Liz Davies, Catherine N. Deepwell, A.R. Hopwood, The Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation,  Miranda Newsom and Giles Semper, Paul and Louise Cooke Endowment, Edward Summerell, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Cliff Fitpatrick, Debra Fear, Chris Holley, Mark Walker, Jeffrey Muhenda and Bobieh-Ansah Osei-Asibe and to those who wish to remain anonymous.


More about us:

Founded as a charity by artists in 1994 with the desire to fill a niche between the institution, the commercial and ‘alternative’, Beaconsfield remains a unique, non-profit, artist-led entity. Seen by many as a champion of innovative and non-compromising art practice, Beaconsfield has never toed the art-world line.

Sonia Boyce, They’re Almost Like Twins, 1996. Sonia Boyce represented UK at the Venice Biennale in 2023, winning the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement.

 

Our purpose is to nurture creativity and to share and critique an understanding of key debates and developments in contemporary art, culture, and public life. Our site is both a workshop and an experimental artists’ forum. We curate a reflective space where people can be free to speak and test their perspective, thereby achieving our aim: to sustain a resource of excellence – a beacon – for the development and presentation of international contemporary art – the field.

Ioana Marinescu with Smaranda Găbudeanu and Iulia Mărăcine, PAST PRESENT. Fragments of memory. Bucharest-Pompeii-London 2022. AFCN winner for contribution to Romanian culture.

 

Beaconsfield’s three indoor galleries and surrounding garden yard are porous community spaces. Our artist development activity and participation programmes create space for audiences and artists to challenge themselves and each other in a mutual exploration of contemporary culture – an open process shared with visitors in person and online. A pioneer of experimental exhibition formats, we specialise in developing sustainable strategies to provide reflective space in which to deliver new experimental art.

Minna Haukka and Kristen Luke, Mobile Feminist Library, in  Monica Sjöö The time is NOW and it is overdue!, 2022.

 

Beaconsfield stages an experimental programme of exhibitions, residencies and discursive events, with commissions (beacons) in a range of art mediums (field). Our function as a primary research vehicle has international reach and is particularly notable for instigating developments in time-based and sound art as well as curatorial practice: a critically engaged locus operating beyond the mainstream.

Nastja Säde Rönkkö, salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears, 2023. Production still. Winner of the Below Zero Finnish Art Prize 2023.

 

Our special thanks goes to all of the volunteers, staff, Trustees and individual donors who have supported the organisation over the years.

SEN work placement student and BA students from Slade School of Art in Beaconsfield mentoring project, 2024.