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

  • Artist Commission - Stories, Myths and Legends of Church Ope Cove

    Deadline: 01/09/2019  |  Published: 18/07/2019  |  City: Isle of Portland  |  Region: Dorset  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  b-side

    Paid opportunity

    Working in partnership with b-side, Portland Museum wish to commission an artist to create work in any media responding to the history and environment of Wakeham and Church Ope area of the isle of Portland, Dorset. The opportunity offers up to £4000 plus an additional allowance of up to £950 towards travel and accommodation. The final outcome of the commission will be hosted by the museum in September and October 2020, and included in the biennial b-side festival 5-13 September 2020. Deadline for expressions of interest: Midnight Sunday 1st September.

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