Alan Rogers at b-side Festival 2018 Photo Brendan Buesnel

NEW CHAPTER FOR B-SIDE

It is with lots of love and well wishes for the future that we say ‘arrivederci’ to b-side's founding Director Alan Rogers this September and a warm welcome to new Director Rocca Holly-Nambi to Portland. Alan began to develop the idea of b-side in 2007 whilst he was Arts Development Officer for Weymouth & Portland in the lead up to the…

Ray Mayall with one of his models Photo Gina Bolt

Art to calm a restless mind

PRESS RELEASE 27 JULY 2020 THE POWER OF ART TO CALM A RESTLESS MIND During lockdown many of us found comfort and joy in rediscovering forgotten creative talents or learning new skills – b-side put out a call to Portland residents and workers to send in images of their creative lockdown projects, and since the…

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

b-side stands in solidarity with the BLM movement. We are committed to constantly evaluating our Equality and Diversity policies and practices in all areas of b-side, from commissioning artists to structuring the governance of the organisation.   We are open to learning from others and engaging in conversations concerning best practice.   We believe we never…

Outpost project space windows

Socially Distanced Exhibition Opportunity launched

Socially Distanced Exhibition Opportunity for Portland Residents launches this week The Corona virus pandemic and resulting lockdown has had a huge and catastrophic effect on the arts. With venues closed more and more artists exhibitions going online, what happens if you don’t have good access to the internet? b-side has come up with a simple…

Artwork by Steluna. www.steluna.co.uk

Help Us Support Artists Now

Support local artists – crowdfunder Will you help us secure the future of arts and culture in Dorset? We're raising £20,000 to support our local artists. Donate now. Were you looking forward to seeing that new play, having fun at a festival, belly-laughing at a comedy night, attending an art exhibition or jumping around at a…

Artwork by The Wooden Spoon Press www.woodenspoonpress.com

Dorset Artists Emergency Fund is launched

With cultural buildings such as theatres, galleries, cinemas and music venues remaining closed even as the coronavirus lockdown eases – and outdoor festivals and gatherings cancelled or postponed until next year – artists are facing the hardest of hard times. Emergency funding has been made available through various Government-backed schemes, but many artists who lost…

Apply to the Dorset & BCP Artists' Emergency Fund

Apply to the Dorset Artists Emergency Fund

Who can apply? Freelance creatives living and working in Dorset (this includes Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) who are experiencing severe financial hardship due to COVID-19. This fund is for individuals who aren’t able to receive support from other resources and are ‘falling through the gaps’ and not eligible or meeting the criteria for other funds like this one.  This…

Image from Lullaby by Luke Jerram b-side Festival 2014 Photo Brenden Buesnel

b-side festival new dates announced

B-SIDE FESTIVAL – NEW DATES  To all our friends and followers,  The b-side team and directors have decided that the b-side Festival 2020 will be postponed until 11-19 September 2021. We are all really disappointed but the safety of our Portland community, artists, festival-goers, volunteers, team, and partner organisations all have to come first. We cannot even…

'Clothes Line' by b-side Platform bursary artist Brian Callinan. Photo by Paul Box (2018).

b-side support for Artists during the Covid-19 crisis

B-SIDE’S STATEMENT b-side would like to reassure artists and our partner organisations that we are here to talk about the impact Coronavirus is having on your work.  We are committed to continuing our support of the many artists we commission across our programme, and, where possible, to offer support to artists in our region. As an…