Artist Open Call – This Land (The Last Landscape)

Open Call for an artist or collaboration working in any medium

Deadline: 25 April 2022

Expressions of Interest invited from artists for a commission on the Isle of Portland, Dorset as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project called This Land.

Fee: £4,000 plus travel & accommodation allowance

Materials: additional budget of up to £2000 for materials and equipment

Deadline: 25 April 2022

b-side is inviting expressions of interest from an artist or collaboration working in any medium for a commission to create artwork in response to the last area of unquarried land on the Isle of Portland, Dorset as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project called This Land.

This Land is a two year project exploring and celebrating the unique natural and built heritage of the isle of Portland, Dorset and responds directly to community concerns about their environment. Exploring land use and access, land and property rights, biodiversity and climate change, the project aims to raise awareness, gather and share knowledge, and upskill and empower the community to protect and enhance their environment.

The project focuses on two ‘at risk’ sites and aims to reach those who might not usually get involved in heritage. The two sites are the remains of a Tudor cottage in Brandy Row on the seafront at Chiswell and the last remaining area of unquarried/agricultural landscape at Portland Bill.

This commission is for an artist/s to work alongside and/or in response to the community led research and the issues described above. The artist/s will develop artwork that interprets and helps raise awareness of the significance of this landscape. It is hoped that the final artwork is in a form that has a continuing value to the residents of Portland beyond the project period.

How to Apply

Download full brief below.

You will need to create a free ‘basic’ CuratorSpace account before you can submit your proposal (CuratorSpace is a great way to find other opportunities as well).

Create your free Curatorspace account HERE

Please complete the online application form with the following information:

  • An expression of interest outlining your interest in this work
  • A summary covering your approach and potential ideas for this project
  • A summary description of your practice
  • images or weblinks links to examples of your work /projects or experience

As well as written responses, we can accept audio and video responses too. If you want to submit responses to any of the above via video or audio, please record your video / audio response, save it on Youtube/Vimeo/ Google Drive/Dropbox, and then add the link to the video within the CuratorSpace form (where the written response would usually go).  Max video length 7 mins total

Any queries please contact:

Please let us know if you need any of the information in a different format. Additionally, please contact us if there is anything we can do to make the application process more accessible to you. For further support email Molly Scarborough (b-side’s Access lead):