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Beaconsfield: BOB AND ROBERTA SMITH'S FACTORY OUTLET - 7 Nov 2009 to 21 Feb 2010

Current Exhibition

7 Nov 2009 to 21 Feb 2010

Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday 11am - 5pm
22 Newport Street
SE11 6AY
United Kingdom
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Artists in this exhibition: Bob and Roberta Smith

“After my degree show in 1993, three people came up to me and uttered the words ‘let’s do something…’ ”
Bob and Roberta Smith, 2009

One of these invitations led to the long and productive relationship that Bob and Roberta enjoy with Beaconsfield, London. In the intervening sixteen years, Bob and Roberta have contributed to various Beaconsfield projects, at home and abroad, and are currently 'in residence' for one whole year. The spacious premises in Vauxhall have been utilised as a prolific site of production and are now about to open as Bob and Roberta Smith's Factory Outlet.

Save the launch date!


Friday 6 November, from 7pm with performances by The Ken Ardley Playboys, The Apathy Band,
Leigh Clarke, Boycott Coca-Cola Experience, The Fucks and Resonance Radio Orchestra

Exhibition: 7 November 2009 – 21 February 2010

Check our website for pre-publication price of exclusive, limited edition etching.

This is the first in the Beaconsfield series Phase, which turns the spotlight on mid-career artists with whom
the organisation has had a significant past relationship.

Beaconsfield is a Regularly Funded Organisation of the Arts Council of England.

Winter / Spring 2010 at Beaconsfield

The Ragged Canteen is open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm serving a range of ethically sourced, fresh vegetarian food, Monmouth coffee, teas and cakes.

Thursday 18 February at 2pm
Art & Compromise V: Jon Thompson
Upper Gallery 1

Jon Thompson is an artist, writer, curator and academic known for his involvement in the development of the so-called YBA generation. Instrumental in changing the way the art school system worked in the UK, he opened up the departments at Goldsmiths College, London, enabling students to move freely between and/or beyond the separate specialisms of painting, sculpture, photography and print-making. This distinguished Goldsmiths from previously dominant art schools like St Martins. In 1988 he was involved in a mentoring capacity with the now legendary Freeze warehouse exhibition curated by two sociology students and Damien Hirst whom Thompson had accepted on to the course and tutored during his time there.

This event is free but booking is essential. To reserve tickets please contact / 0207 582 6465

Art & Compromise is a series of talks launched in 2008. Delivered in partnership with City & Guilds of London Art School the series addresses the various forms and occasions when compromise might enter into art-practice.

Bob and Roberta Smith’s Factory Outlet open across all galleries at Beaconsfield until 21 February.

As part of his year-long residency at Beaconsfield this exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect on the diverse output of one of Britain’s more maverick and prolific artists.

Sunday 7 February at 2pm
See Bob and Roberta live in rehearsal with the Ken Ardley Playboys and Noctum Rectum.

Listen to Bob and Roberta reading the story of their relationship with Beaconsfield in Let’s do something or ‘we must do something’

Grab a bargain at the Factory Outlet! Bob and Roberta Smith’s limited edition etching produced exclusively for Beaconsfield is available at the reduced pre-publication price of £175 until the end of the exhibition period.

This is the first in the Beaconsfield series Phase which turns the spotlight on mid-career artists with whom the organisation has a significant relationship.

23-28 February
The Badger Series
Paul Tarragó
Canteen Gallery 2: FlatScreen

Irreverent video works playing within the format of an imagined children’s television puppet show. The Badger Series will be broadcast intermittently in the café space throughout Spring/Summer 2010.

1 March-18 July
TestBed 1

Michael Curran in collaboration with Lucy Gunning
Anthony Gross
Lilli Hartmann
Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Dafna Talmor
Joseph Walsh

Across all galleries.

In a time when millions of viewers have access to the Internet, video/cameras and home-editing suites, a circulated YouTube clip becomes a conversational spectacle overnight. With the proliferation and advancement of technology, the creative process itself has become more democratic and has enabled people en masse to become not only viewers but ‘creators’. TestBed 1 responds to popular practice by inviting artists working with the moving image to produce and present artworks using the prevalent modes of production readily available - in the context of a professional art space.

Participating artists will work in the Beaconsfield galleries from March to August in a series of residencies. During this time the public is invited to witness our galleries turn laboratories, turn performance and production sites. Check website for weekly schedule and FlatScreen programme.

New commissions produced for TestBed 1 will be screened on 18 and 19 September during Open House weekend

TestBed 1 is produced as part of Beaconsfield’s curatorial mentoring scheme for emerging artist-curators. Mentees: Dafna Talmor and Joseph Walsh.

Beaconsfield offers a space for artists and audiences to experience high quality (beacon), challenging, new art works in a wide range (field) of contemporary visual art media through commissions, group exhibitions, performances, publications and events.

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