Public Arts (trading as Beam)


To develop Beam's home, The Orangery, Wakefield to become a vibrant and exciting multi-use arts venue and resource for the people of the city and visitors, contributing to Wakefield's growing cultural offer.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (327415)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target





  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment




The Orangery, a grade II* listed building, offers great potential as a venue in the heart of the city, but recent re-development in the city has resulted in poor access and visibility of the site. Recent cuts in public funding will mean that to ensure the property is available for future generations, The Orangery needs to generate income as a multi-arts venue, with improved access and facilities for community and business users. Wakefield's Big Secret needs to be shared widely.


Our 2010-2011 programme, 'The Secret Garden', has allowed us to take steps to animate the garden with music and art. Our programme in 2012 will develop ideas and lessons from The Secret Garden and apply them to the main building. We want to animate the public spaces in the garden and gallery area - using our arts and cultural heritage - to create spaces that people want to hire for pleasure, for work, and to perform in. Our activities will create both a physical and virtual front door!