Open Call 2024

An open call for creative responses to Who Do We Think We Are? (WDWTWA?)

Budget: up to £6k (plus additional £1k for travel and accommodation)

Deadline: March 10th 2024

b-side is offering commission opportunities to create new artworks in any media for the next festival, b-side festival Sept 5th – 8th 2024. Artworks should respond to the theme and can be responsive to Portland’s heritage, culture, and geography.

Proposals can be for any amount up to £6,000 (there is an additional £1k budget for artists travel and accommodation, for both the Research & Development day(s) and for the Festival period) – we expect to commission across a range of contexts, concepts, and costs.

Deadline for applications is March 10th 2024.

Please note: There is a separate access budget available.

How to apply

Applications must be made online via CuratorSpace

Please complete the online application form with the following information:

  • Your contact details
  • A description of your idea, stating how you would respond to the brief – including details of your method and where you imagine your creative response taking place (for example: online, in print, live… etc.) [700 words or max 5 minute video / audio recording maximum]
  • A draft budget breakdown
  • Details of previous relevant experience (where you might have delivered similar work or worked in a similar way / method) [500 words or max 2 minute video / audio recording maximum]
  • Confirmation that you are available to take part in b-side festival (5th – 8th September 2024)
  • Images or weblinks illustrating your idea and / or previous work [10 images / weblinks maximum]

 Applying in another format

See below for a captioned video outlining details of our Open Call.

As well as written applications, we can accept audio and video applications too. If you want to submit a proposal 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 text response would usually go).

If CuratorSpace isn’t accessible to you, please contact Sally: and we will work to provide a format that works for you.

Download the full brief below, have a good read and apply, we can’t wait to hear from you!