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The Art of the Beacon

with Rana Begum, Linda Brothwell, Giles Round and Theresa Bergne

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Join acclaimed artists Rana Begum, Linda Brothwell and Giles Round whose work features at the heart of the Beacon transformation and curator Theresa Bergne for an evening of presentations and discussion about their work and the creative process of developing the art commissions for the building.

Using a range of materials from textiles, ceramics, bronze and sound, the artists have created a series of artworks that enhance a significant civic building. Working with the project team how did they respond to the brief to ‘bring music to life in visual form’ and to respond to the history of the site? What were the challenges? And how does working in this way differ from their usual creative practice?

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Format: Reserved seating

Age: All ages


Performance times

Doors: 17.30
Start: 18.00
Panel discussion: 18.50
Audience Q&A: 19.10
Finish: 19.30

All timings are approximate and subject to change

Meet the artists

Rana Begum

As you enter our performance spaces your eyes will be greeted with the tapestries and seat covers created by Rana Begum.

Known for her merging of sculpture, painting and architecture, Rana’s textiles bring a sense of movement across Beacon Hall. Shifting colours and patterns create different rhythms and repetitions through colour and light which shift across the room like a piece of music unfurling.

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Linda Brothwell

Elegantly twisting across the front of our building, and visible as you approach Bristol Beacon from the centre of the city, is Linda Brothwell’s beautiful bronze sculpture Motion Efficiency Study.

Evolving from the original balustrade of The Lantern that traversed the front exterior of our building, Brothwell’s sculpture transforms into a flowing ribbon of glistening metal that dances across our threshold.

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Giles Round

As part of our transformation, the lower level of The Lantern Foyer has been brought to life thanks to the vibrancy of Giles Round’s opulent installation that uses geometric tiles, stone and terrazzo to transform the space.

Round’s artwork takes inspiration from our city’s extraordinary historic architecture and Bristol Byzantine style, integrating exquisitely crafted materials into the new ground floor of The Lantern Foyer designed in close conversation with the architects Levitt Bernstein.

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The Art of the Beacon Tours

About Lantern Hall

Bristol’s home of dazzling new music

The venue

Lantern Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Lantern Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are available within the first 10 rows on the flat floor of the Hall.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in rows AA-J on the flat floor are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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