Portland Museum and b-side invite applications from Dorset-based artists who would like to observe and respond to the digitisation and recording of the finds found on the wreck of Earl of Abergavenny (wrecked on the Shambles, a sandbank just off Portland Bill, in 1805). The finds from the shipwreck of the Earl of Abergavenny were retrieved over a roughly 20 year period by a local maritime diving group and placed into an archive by Ed Cumming. Portland Museum has been funded by National Lottery funding to upskill it’s volunteers in digital skills including 3D scanning/photography.

The bursary artist will receive:

£600 bursary + £50 towards travel costs

An invitation to attend the b-side Festival Artist R&D day in June 2022

8 hours of mentoring time from b-side

Support from Portland Museum to access the Abergavenny project

Artists will also have the opportunity of using the b-side shop front ‘project space’ – Outpost, in Fortuneswell, Portland for use as private or public facing research, meeting or work space and engagement venue prior to the festival.

Potential to create a piece of work to be shown at the 2022 b-side festival

This would be a great opportunity for an artist to get close to objects reshaped and reformed by years on the seabed. Objects that betray relationships formed between people and societies at a crucial time in Britain’s colonial history.

My decision to apply for the platform bursary was dictated by the willingness to do something I am not comfortable with and to see where it takes me and my practice.

Through my mentoring program, and months of experimentation with new materials, I came across a number of ways of working, which I feel, I might to come back to in the future.



How to Apply:

Download the full brief below

Deadline: 12th April 2022, 5pm

Send your expression of interest to by the deadline

FINAL Platform Bursary Portland Museum 2022.pdf