We’ve enjoyed an exciting 2023 working with artists and communities to enhance places and shape cultural strategy with partners across the North. This year we have commissioned 30 artists and creative practitioners, directly engaged 700 participants, and a wider audience of over 200,000 people interacted with temporary and permanent art in public spaces through our projects.

Download the Annual Review here.


Gordon Watson, Chair of Beam Board of Trustees:

“We are delighted to publish our Annual Review as a record and celebration of Beam’s work in 2023. Shining through the report is the quality and range of the commissions and the artists whose works are featured in the Review. We thank everyone in the local communities who were so enthusiastically involved in our activities.

We continue to build our relationships with local authorities, including preparing public art strategies and guidance that support place-making and future opportunities for artists. We are determined that these include further artist development and mentoring of emerging artists.

The launch of our report Building a More Diverse & Inclusive Public Art Sector is a significant step for the whole sector and Beam’s organisational development, and we were pleased to work with ixia, CVAN and other partners to raise awareness of the report and facilitate discussion of its findings.

As we look forward to 2024, I want to thank our staff team and Board members for their invaluable contribution. This will be a special 12 months filled with the Our Year 2024 creative events and activities in our home Wakefield District.”


Image Credit: Tapestries by Lenny & Whale. Photo (C) Timm Cleasby

Film image credits:

  • Tapestries by Lenny & Whale. Credit Timm Cleasby.
  • Dewsbury Letters by Cubic Fruit. Credit Lucille Moore.
  • Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Public Art Sector. Design by Lee Goater.
  • Walking Together publication. Design by Rhubarb Design House. Credit David John King.
  • Ever Glow by Graeme Mitcheson with poetry by Laura Potts. Credit Wakefield Council.
  • Living Landscape by Broadbent Studio. Credit Wakefield Council.
  • Tapestries by Lenny & Whale. Credit Lenny & Whale.

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