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Bristol Beacon : D&M x Rana Begum

Dash & Miller's collaboration with artist Rana Begum to develop three iconic textile pieces for the Bristol Beacon was unveiled in November 2023 as part of the concert hall's transformation.

Curated and produced by Field Art Projects, the team at Dash & Miller advised on the translation of Rana's creative vision into stunning installations within the performance spaces of this world-class venue. 

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Beacon Hall

No 1219 Textile

Wool Jacquard Woven Moquette Fabric

By Rana Begum, 2022

 

Commissioned by Bristol City Council for Bristol Beacon.

Curated and produced by Field Art Projects.

Photos Jamie Woodley

In 2018 during the initial stages of the public art curation process, Dash & Miller were approached by Theresa Bergne of Field Art Projects to consult on the textile elements within the performance spaces of Bristol Beacon.

Working closely with renowned visual artist Rana Begum on her vision for the acoustic drapes and seating fabrics, Dash & Miller drew upon their textiles expertise to support with the development of these ambitious technical and functional art pieces.

The D&M team engaged with many stakeholders, including the artist, arts steering committee, architects, acousticians, technical designers, manufacturers, and both Field Art Projects and Bristol City Council in order to successfully deliver the project.

"I was delighted to find a textile company with this level of expertise as well as an unsurpassed international reputation in the city. Dash & Miller were a pleasure to work with. They immediately understood Rana Begum’s vision and have worked closely with her to design a bespoke fabric to achieve this."

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Theresa Bergne, Field Art Projects

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Lantern Hall

No 1226 Textile

Wool Jacquard Woven Rib Fabric

No 1218 Textile

Wool Jacquard Woven Moquette Fabric

By Rana Begum, 2022

 

Commissioned by Bristol City Council for Bristol Beacon.

Curated and produced by Field Art Projects.

Photos Jamie Woodley

In the Beacon Hall, the oversized, bold, and colourful geometric pattern designed by Rana Begum creates flow and connection across the expansive space.

The acoustic drapes in the Lantern Hall are constructed using 180 linear metres of non-repeating jacquard fabric. Using a unique dichroic-effect rib structure developed on handlooms by D&M head designer Libby Kates, Rana's macro-scale geometric vision has been meticulously translated and pieced together to form these 11 beautiful hangings.

Rana's jacquard woven moquette fabric used in the Lantern Hall's seating complements the room's drapes by contrast with a micro-patterned diffusion of colour. 

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