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


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Current opportunities

  • b-side festival 2024 Open Call

    Deadline: 10/03/2024  |  City: Isle of Portland  |  Region: Dorset  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  b-side CIC

    Paid opportunity

    b-side is offering commission opportunities to create new artworks in any media for the next b-side festival Sept 5th - 8th 2024. Artworks should respond to the theme Who Do We Think We Are? and can be responsive to Portland's heritage, culture, and geography. Proposals can be for any amount up to £6,000 (there is an additional £1k budget for artists travel and accommodation, for both the Research & Development day(s) and for the Festival period) - we expect to commission across a range of contexts, concepts, and costs. Deadline for applications is March 10th 2024. Please note: There is a separate access budget available.

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