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Winter Exhibition

4 Dec 2021 - 22 Jan 2022

Artists update - artists exhibiting can collect their work on Monday 24 January from 10am - 5pm.

Beacon Arts Centre is delighted to launch this new opportunity for Inverclyde's artists to exhibit an exciting and diverse range of work including painitngs, drawings and photographs showcasing the vibrant work being made by creatives living in Inverclyde.

All artwork was reviewed by Sheena Beaton, Fraser Taylor and John Dollard. 

Image credit: Aileen Henry

Psyche - A Portrait of the Mind

27 Jan - 26 Feb 2022

by Mark Youd

Recently relocated to Inverclyde from South Wales, Mark Youd has a keen interest in the study of consciousness. That, combined with an experimental artistic practice, has led him to produce a series of paintings, sculptures, prints and audiovisual pieces capturing the immediacy of the creative act in order to channel a vision of the subconscious mind. Taking inspiration from philosophy, physics, spirituality and psychology as much as from artists like Edvard Munch, Nathan Oliveira and Antony Gormley, the monoprinting plates in this exhibition are energetic, spontaneous expressions of the psyche and visual evidence of an artist working away from representative portraiture to pure abstraction. 

Immediate Forms

April 2022

by Joanna Holisz + Orla Kane

“We spent an October day painting at the Beacon Arts Centre. It was foggy and overcast; the water blended with the sky to create an empty, horizonless space. We stood in the room and looked out of the windows – a glass wall – and felt like we were floating. The mirrors doubled the size of the room and we set up our inks and watercolours, starting to paint in silence. They day went on like that and we ended up with several sketched out works on paper, a successful day.

There are a lot of similarities in our work, and they exist in natural conversation with each other. Orla’s smoother, rounder, softer forms live happily alongside Joanna’s harsher, angular shapes. Both of our works move towards landscape and shapes can be picked out and recognised, without signifying anything in particular. You can view them and enjoy them and take away from them whatever makes sense to you.

Each piece is slightly different, but all are part of the same conversation. They are immediate and influenced by the places and thoughts we find ourselves in, but they are really just experiences in the joy of making.” - Joanna Holisz + Orla Kane

Shining a light on art at the Beacon

At Beacon Arts Centre we host a constantly changing programme of inspiring and thought-provoking exhibitions in our light and airy upstairs gallery space. Guest Curator Fraser Taylor presents a year-round programme by local, national and international artists – some exclusive to the Beacon.

Fraser studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. His internationally exhibited work includes large-scale sculptural installations, set design, print media, filmmaking and painting. From 2001 to 2017 he was a Visiting Artist and Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Professorship from Glasgow School of Art.

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