beam competition, Design Contest Yorkshire, Mobile Facility, Info

beam competition Yorkshire : RIBA contest northern England

RIBA Competition in West Yorkshire, northern England, UK

31 Jan 2008

beam goes Mobile : International Design Competition

RIBA Competition – Information

beam and RIBA are delighted to announce the launch of a two-stage competition to design an innovative, dynamic and highly interactive mobile facility that stimulates creative engagement, learning and participation.

Artists, architects, designers, and creatives – regional, national and international – are invited to submit design concepts for a mobile facility / resource / installation that will enable beam to increase the impact of its work, taking it into public spaces, schools, and communities. The competition has been funded by Arts Council England and CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), with the support of Wakefield MDC and other partners

beam, a creative organisation based in Wakefield, Yorkshire, is dedicated to the imaginative understanding and improvement of the public realm – our urban and rural streets, buildings, parks, housing estates and public spaces. beam operates nationally, regionally, and locally, offering professional services and programmes in education and training, community engagement, project management, consultancy & research, public art in all media, conferencing and events.

Judges will be looking for a unique, innovative, yet practical approach combined with a consideration of the inter-relationship between Arts, People and Places. The jury panel will comprise of experts in the field and collaboration between disciplines is encouraged.

The facility will be used to deliver a range of activities, temporarily ‘transforming’ the places it visits. It will facilitate workshops, special events, exhibitions, and consultation, and will be a catalyst for stimulating aspiration, engagement, knowledge, and delight. Highly flexible, the winning design will have the capacity to adapt quickly to needs of varying locations, clients, and communities.

beam’s Executive Director Robert Powell said
“This is an exciting opportunity for beam and our partners and we hope this competition attracts some inspiring and imaginative entries. The results will allow us to get right to the heart of communities and engage people in the places where they live, learn, work, and play, highlighting beam’s commitment to integrated regeneration – creativity, collaborative learning, and meaningful engagement.”

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Jill Kelly no later than Friday 28 March 2008. beam will announce a shortlist of three applicants in April to develop detailed design proposals.

For further information and to find out how to enter visit

beam, UK
Beam is a company dedicated to the imaginative understanding and improvement of the public realm – our streets, buildings, parks, estates and public spaces.. We own and manage the Orangery as an architecture, arts and education centre for professionals and the general public.

Beam offers professional services and programmes in education and training, community engagement, public art commissioning, consultancy, project management, conferencing and events.

Founded in 1986 Beam has engaged thousands of people in creative education, arts projects and events in Yorkshire and elsewhere in England and co-ordinated over 300 public art projects and strategies. We are a member of the national Architecture Centre Network. Our unique base, the Grade II* listed Orangery in Wakefield, is currently being further developed as a regional creative centre for the built environment with designs by SMC Alsop.

The Orangery
The Orangery is a Grade II* listed building owned and operated by beam. Built around 1800, it has been a zoological garden, a burial ground, a bath house, a school, an office space, and a conference venue. The beam Gallery is open to the public from 9.30 – 4.30 pm Monday – Friday.

Partner Firms Beam enjoys the support and advice of a range of Partner Firms: Allen Tod Architects, Carey Jones Architects, DLA Architects, St. James Securities, Simons Estates, SMC Gower Architects, Spawforth Associates, Sutcliffe Play, West and Machell Architects.

Acknowledgements Arts Council England, CABE (Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment), Wakefield Council, and the Joint Services Committee of West Yorkshire Grants invest in Beam’s work.

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK

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