Creativity is fundamental in making The Beaney a vibrant and exciting place for everyone. Whenever possible we offer opportunities for artists to create, explore, engage, share and challenge using our collections and building as a resource for inspiration.

Current Artist Opportunities:


The Marlowe Theatre is celebrating its fifth birthday in its new home on Sunday 9 October 2016. Designed by award-winning architect Keith Williams, the contemporary building with its clean lines and sympathetic use of modern and classical materials is a beacon for creative practice and imagination across the region.
More than just a home for touring productions, the theatre has started a new stage of its journey to produce bold and challenging work with and for local artists in the spirit of Christopher Marlowe.

The Marlowe Theatre Art Wall

Prominently located in the Willett Foyer, the Art Wall stands at 2.5m x 8m tall and can be seen from the ground floor, Circle foyer and from the main staircase. The space is dedicated to highlighting the wealth of high end cultural activity taking place across East Kent.

The Commission

We invite local photographers to design inspiring artwork to celebrate opportunity at The Marlowe Theatre. This unique opportunity offers practitioners the chance to engage with the inspirational programme of The Marlowe Theatre and to be a part of its future.

The work is to take the following quotation from Christopher Marlowe as its inspiration:

“Nature that framed us of four elements,
Warring within our breasts for regiment,
Doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.”

The work must be photographic but may incorporate text as well.
An award of £1,000 is available for the successful applicant to be paid in full on receipt of the final work.

For further information please contact Andy Dawson, Head of Creative Projects.

Download the full Art Wall Commission Brief here

Applications are currently being taken for 2017.

Find out more here