Beam was appointed by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council to manage a public art programme for the area, including leading on the creation of a Public Art Strategy; managing a series of permanent public art commissions; and scoping for fundraising for a continued public art programme for the Borough.
Permanent commissions included:
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust by Rachel Welford
Permanent installation commemorating WWI, located next to Barnsley Town Hall. The artist was encouraged to incorporate the resources available from the Museum and Archives including letters and poems from the 1st and 2nd Barnsley PALS Battalions. The title of the work is a line from the poem ‘The Fallen – They Shall Not Grow Old’ by Laurence Binyon (1869 – 1943).
Linen Industry Loom Sculpture by Tim Ward: The final artwork is a large steel 4m tall loom sculpture to celebrate Barnsley’s history of linen making and, in particular, the hand loom weavers based in cottages around the Union Street/Sheffield Road Area.
Tin’t Tin Tin (Bird Totem) by 154 Collective: The artwork is a large 4m high playful and colourful stainless steel bird themed sculpture made to celebrate the rich history of the canister company formerly based in Barnsley, its eclectic products, patterns and colours. The bird imagery was developed through a series of drawing workshops conducted with a variety of people who live, work and study in and around the sculptures location.