b-side is an arts organisation based in Dorset, UK. We work with and commission artists to make new site-responsive work revealing the marginal, often forgotten and less commercial aspects of our coastal towns and communities. We invite professional artists to make artworks in response to place: often drawing upon the history, architecture and geography of a particular site or working with communities as a source of inspiration and research.

b-side offers artists a range of opportunities to engage with and respond to its programme – through bursaries, commissions, residencies, artists CPD and work with young people.

There is a b-side festival every two years in Portland and continuous developmental work in between, particularly with young people. Always on the lookout for new ways of exploring the less commercial aspects of the seaside we are open to ideas from collaborative or participatory artists as well as individuals who want to create site-responsive work. We especially welcome interest from early career artists.

We were awarded funding from Arts Council England to become a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). For the first time Weymouth and Portland has a dedicated contemporary arts organisation.

For all info: www.b-side.org.uk

Current opportunities

  • Open call for b-side festival 2020

    Deadline: 23/06/2019  |  Published: 16/05/2019  |  City: Portland, Dorset  |  Region: Dorset  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  b-side

    Paid opportunity

    b-side is offering a number of commission opportunities to create new, temporary, site-responsive work in any media for the next festival, September 2020 on the theme of common lands. Proposals can be for any amount up to £4000 - we expect to commission work across a range of contexts, concepts and costs. An additional allowance of up to £750 per commission is available towards travel and accommodation. Deadline for applications is midnight Sunday 23 June 2019.

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