Commission Opportunity for a Portland Resident

Who Do We Think We Are? 

We are inviting applications from Portland residents for creative responses that explore and playfully provoke notions of migration, belonging and home

b-side is a locally loved and nationally recognised arts organisation based on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. London based Counterpoints Arts are a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change. Together, we are inviting creative responses to the question:

Who Do We Think We Are?

Fee: £1,600 fee (with an additional allowance of up to £400 for travel and accommodation)

Deadline for applications: Thursday June 30th Midnight

WDWTWA? is a development of b-side’s work on Portland exploring our relationship to the place and people we work with: residents, artists and multi-disciplinary partners. Artists have made work on the theme of belonging and home by talking with, listening, and collaborating with Portland residents about their shared relationship to the island and places from their past.

We want to widen the lens and extend the conversation further. We want to explore notions of belonging, displacement, and thoughts on migration – historically and currently. We’d like to hear from new voices, adding richness and variety, challenge, and provocation to the conversation. For this opportunity, creative responses do not need to respond to the Isle of Portland.

We believe that it’s in making room and listening that we are all enabled to broaden our understanding of how each of us interacts with places and ultimately with a goal to share places equitably. WDWTWA? is also a continuation of our work with our friends at Counterpoints Arts, who we have collaborated over the last 5 years.

Take a look at the b-side and Counterpoints Arts websites to get a feel of the work we commission and produce. And if you would like to discuss your idea before submitting, contact

How to apply:

Please note you must be an Isle of Portland resident to apply for this opportunity (please note there is a related commission opportunity for artists from elsewhere HERE)

Download the full brief below, please note all applications should be made via the Curatorspace website HERE

Please let us know if you require this brief in another format. Additionally, please contact us if there is anything we can do to make the application and interview process more accessible to you.

Email Molly: if you need any further support.

You can find a BSL video version of the all the information above or on YouTube here:


DOWNLOAD Final Brief