About b-side


"Artists are explorers....so who better to show us the town and the landscape anew? Artists take us into that building that we pass every day and never went into. Artists can show us people in our midst that we might otherwise overlook."

- David Binder, The Arts Festival Revolution, TED Talks

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Who we are and what we do

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 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 with funding at least until 2018.

b-side Team

Alan Rogers: Executive Director

Sandy Kirkby: Creative Producer and Marketing Manager

Amanda Wallwork:  Artistic Programme Coordinator

Sally WatkinsCo-Artistic Director (People and Place)

Molly Scarborough: Youth Programme Coordinator

b-side Board of Directors:

Chair: John Tizard

Directors: Paula Crutchlow, Rowan Lear, Simon Lee Dicker, Jane Mcgregor, Jo Jackson, Dave WarrenAlan Rogers, Amanda Wallwork

b-side is currently working with regional, national and international artists and will continue to put innovative and challenging arts practice at the heart of its work. Have a look at our archive pages for a flavour of past b-side projects and festivals.

What else do we do?

b-side now has a year round programme of activity that includes working with young people, communities, artists and other organisations. For more information about this work download our new publication Moments Not Monuments.

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