Beam promote, commission and deliver transformative arts programmes to inspire communities and support the development of great places.



Beam is the trading name of Public Arts, an arts charity and company limited by guarantee, incorporated in 1986 and registered as a charity in 1987. Based in Wakefield and with over thirty years experience of delivering the arts in place, Beam work across the Yorkshire region and beyond with artists and communities enhancing places through the development of bespoke creative arts projects.


Previous Clients and Funders include:

Arts Council England, Clore Duffield Foundation, National Lottery Awards for All, Erasmus Plus Leonardo da Vinci Programme, Department for Education, Creative Minds – South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley Community Solutions, Arup, Henry Boot Developments, Yorkshire Forward and Design Council CABE.

Local Authorities – Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, City of York Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Hull City Council, Craven District Council, Calderdale Council, Bolsover District Council, Featherstone Town Council and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.


Commissioned Artists include:

Michael Pinsky, Nayan Kulkarni, Jo Fairfax, David Mach, Tonkin Liu, Trudi Entwistle, Gordon Young, Richard Woods, Studio Myerscough/ Supergroup London, Boa Mistura, Richard William Wheater, Broadbent Studio, John Newling, Jan Erik Anderson and Heinrich & Palmer amongst others.



Beam is proud to be part of a range of local, regional and national networks including The Academy of Urbanism, Generation Place, Wakefield Bondholders, Wakefield Civic Society, Culture Forum North, and Nova Wakefield District; and to take a coordinating role for the Arts & Place Working Group, Wakefield Arts Partnership and Wakefield Cultural Consortium.



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