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Team

Registered Office:

b-side CIC,
Outpost,
77 Fortuneswell, 
Isle of Portland, 
DT5 1LY
 
Telephone: 01305 568 044

The b-side team

Sandy Kirkby

Sandy Kirkby: Creative Producer and Marketing Manager

I originally trained as a sculptor. I have worked in the cultural sector in Dorset for over 20 years in galleries, museums and events as a curator and producer. My focus for many years was in gallery education and it’s this interest in communication and engagement that really motivates me.

Contact: sandy@b-side.org.uk

Amanda Wallwork

Amanda Wallwork: Co-Artistic Director (Environment & Heritage)

I originally trained in graphic design but have had a varied artistic career, from designing gig posters and indie record sleeves, to devising and illustrating children’s picture books. I now combine my own practice as a visual artist with curatorial work. My interests and influences lie in the areas of archaeology and geology and I specialise in heritage and environmental projects. I was artistic director for Sherborne House Arts developing the gallery programme and outreach projects before joining b-side. I enjoy working in a team and the challenge of working with outdoor and non-arts venues, rather than gallery spaces.

Contact: amanda@b-side.org.uk

Sally Watkins

Sally Watkins: Co-Artistic Director (People and Place)

I trained in site specific performance and later taught as an associate lecturer at Dartington College of Arts before returning to Dorset to work on b-side and my own arts practice. I'm particularly interested in the democracy of places; how and what we share with them as custodians, visitors and hosts. As co-artistic director for b-side I specifically work on social practice projects - supporting artworks created between artists, communities and researchers.

Contact: sally@b-side.org.uk

Molly Scarborough

Molly Scarborough: Youth Programme Coordinator

I am a Dorset-based creative producer, project manager and performing artist. I am driven by social change, equality and voicing the unheard voices - 'the others' - who are often overlooked. Through my role at b-side, I am able to work with local young people to create projects and artwork that matters to them - whether that’s a young producer training programme or mentoring young bursary artists creating their own site-specific artworks. We create tailor-made programmes and experiences that support emerging talent and help develop skills.

Contact: molly@b-side.org.uk

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Rocca Holly-Nambi: Executive Director

I am fascinated by the mess and potential of human connections. The sparks that fly when two bodies collide in love, the pain when love breaks into disgust. The opportunity for change when people come together to walk the streets, in protest or in pride. The connection of pink fluorescent light to cold grey cement in a sculpture, a text highlighting the clash of queerness and colonization in East Africa, the bringing together of artists across continents through cultural relations. 

I create artworks, write essays, and produce projects dedicated to sparking new conversations between artists and audiences. New conversations ensure we continually explore new ways of being together, living together, as humans.

Contact: rocca@b-side.org.uk

MANDY RATHBONE: ACCOUNTS

My working life started in theatre stage management but then I decided to swap city life for the countryside and took a year's course in farming, bookkeeping and secretarial skills.
I moved to Dorset in 1981 and was able to bring a lifetime of skills and my interests in the arts together, working in an administrative/accounting role for a number of Dorset-based arts organisations. I have worked for b-side since 2012 and have loved seeing it grow and flourish since its beginnings in 2010.
In my spare time I am also an Environmental Sound Artist, combining my loves of walking, photography and sound to create audio visual projects at my studio, Electric Backroom, in Symondsbury.

Board of directors

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John Tizard: Chair

John is an independent strategic advisor and commentator. He advises, writes, and speaks nationally and internationally. John is Chair of Villiers Park Trust -a social mobility charity- and  Chair of Action Space - an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation promoting art opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Paula Crutchlow: Director

Paula is an artist and cultural geographer who has been making live events as a co-devisor and director with performers, visual artists and technologists in the UK and internationally since 1996. Her work with artist collective Blind Ditch (http://www.blindditch.org) creates collaborative and unexpected happenings in everyday spaces; often using participatory approaches and digital media to engage publics as thinking citizens and active spectators. Paula was an Associate Lecturer in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts 2001-10, and is currently an ESRC Post Doctoral Fellow in Human Geography at University of Exeter researching relationships between data, trade, place and values.

Simon Lee Dicker: Director

Simon is an artist and co-founder of OSR Projects based in rural Somerset. OSR Projects connects people through artist-led activity – exploring new ways to see, hear, feel and think and have been producing ambitious, playful and socially-engaged art exhibitions and events since 2011.

Jane Mcgregor: Director

Dr Jane McGregor is married with two grown-up children and works as a doctor in a London teaching hospital. She has a longstanding relationship with Portland and has owned a beach hut at West Weares for over 25 years, and a business in Chiswell for the last ten years. She is a director of Centuar Gallery Ltd (based in London) and is an active supporter of the arts and artists.

Jo Jackson: Director

Sally Watkins: Director

I'm a co-founder of b-side.  I use my arts training and teaching in site-specific art and my experience of growing up on Portland to help develop our focus on notions of home, belonging, displacement and shared experience. I represent b-side on the Battersea Arts Centre Co-creating Change Network and on the Refugee Week Advisory Board.

Amanda Wallwork: Director

Nicole Ferdinand: Director

Nicole Ferdinand’s expertise is in Event Management. Early in her career in her native Trinidad and Tobago, she worked as a trainer to grassroots cultural organizations. Currently, she is a university lecturer and within B-side, her focus is on diversity and accessibility.  

Gina Bolt: Trainee Director

Georgina resides on the Isle of Portland, deciding that the university route wasn't for her, she started to make connections within the local arts and culture sector in order to educate herself for a future career. Passionate about photography and the arts as a tool for social change.

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