Meet the Team: Monday 9th May, 10am – 4pm
Residents Open Evening: Tuesday 10th May, 6pm – 8pm
b-side CIC, Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell, DT5 1LY.
b-side, the organisers of the biennial b-side arts festival, will be launching their brand new project space and office – Outpost – on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th May. Just in time for this year’s festival.
b-side are moving into what used to be the Jackson Gallery and Café, Fortuneswell. Mark and Jo, the owners of the Café are now leasing the space to the b-side team for their new office space.
Co-Artistic Director and Advocacy Developer for b-side, Sally Watkins, said:
“Moving to Portland is exciting for b-side having been based in Dorchester for several years. Outpost will give us the opportunity to develop closer links and partnerships with communities and businesses on the island who share our passion for the community and the arts and developing the local creative economy by bringing artists and visitors to this enigmatic island.”
Not only is Outpost b-side’s new office it will also become b-side’s creative hub for activities and is an opportunity for artists and the residents of Portland to experiment and make things happen right on their doorstep.
Sandy Kirkby, Creative Producer & Marketing Director for b-side, talks about the new space:
“Having a space on Portland means that all the work b-side do throughout the year with artists and communities will become much more visible. That is really important, because lots of the projects that we celebrate at the Festival have a life between festivals, and they sometimes go under the radar. The b-side team are really thankful to Mark and Jo Jackson for providing us with this oppourtunity.”
b-side will be hosting two drop in sessions at Outpost to the public on May 9th, between 10am and 4pm, and May 10th, between 6pm and 8pm, for local residents and businesses to pop in and find out more about b-side and the upcoming festival.