You can meet most of the team at our project space and registered office Outpost:

b-side CIC,
77 Fortuneswell,
Isle of Portland,
Telephone: 01305 568 044

Meet The Team


Hello! I am passionate about sparking connections and new conversations between people, be it through festivals, radio shows, or writing. Prior to joining the wonderful team at b-side, I was the British Council’s Head of Arts East Africa, and subsequently Director of Arts Sub-Saharan Africa. I co-founded and directed 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust, a centre for contemporary art in Kampala, Uganda; and KLA ART, Kampala’s biennial public art festival. I received an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Edinburgh College of Art and I am currently undertaking a practice-based PhD in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. The PhD is exploring queer abstraction in Kenya and Uganda’s art scenes.


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.


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.  


I'm one of the co-founders of b-side and grew up on the island in the 80's. Like many people, I moved away and returned in 2005 after studying and teaching site-specific performance. I am also a writer and currently researching the stories of almost-forgotten women with a particular connection to places, natural history and war.
I want us all to have time to be creative in a way that suits us, so I love supporting communities, artists and researchers in sharing their knowledge and ideas to create artworks that tell their amazing stories.


I have come to arts and community in a very roundabout way, but it all seems to have added value to my role at b-side. I have always worked with people from being a researcher in Parliament to teaching life drawing in Peckham (luckily not Del or Rodney!) and teaching children and adults on Portland and elsewhere. It is all about connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds and encouraging them to have self-belief and try new things. Taking part in the b-side Window Wanderland, Lockdown Artists and then creating a Christmas window with my son encouraged me that anyone can have a go and that art appreciation really is for everyone. My background is more from a social science perspective and I have long been keen for Portland to find a way to gain agency so that things they don't want don't just happen to them.


I am the very enthusiastic, and very pink, new Manager for BnB-side! I have worked in the Hospitality industry for over 10 years and am delighted to be bringing my knowledge and expertise across to b-side’s exciting new venture. I grew up in Weymouth and Portland, and after several years of recently living in Brighton, I am so pleased to be returning to the island and welcoming visitors to my roots on Portland.


I trained in Fine Art locally at AUB and also for postgraduate study at Wimbledon College of Art (UAL). I really love working with people and have lots of experience in teaching from secondary school students through to international learners and undergraduates. I am also a practicing artist who explores time, control, 'Kodawari' and loss through drawing methodologies. I went back to college to study art as a single parent and mature student, so I know how transformational participating in the arts can be. I’m really delighted to be part of the b-side team this year and seeing lots of familiar faces and new ones too!

Emma Bradley

Hi I'm Emma, the b-side FRINGE co-ordinator. I am a kiln-forming glass sculptor. I specialise in cast and fused glass sculptures and panels using hand built moulds. I grew up on and now live on Portland and am surrounded by sea and stone. My first degree is in Mathematics, hence my interests in the mathematics of nature and chaos theory. My main work is environmentally based and I take inspiration from my interactions with nature. I am looking forward  to seeing what brilliant art our community can produce for the Fringe this year.

b-side Board of Directors


Company Secretary

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.



Raina is CEO of Agincare and Chair of The Portland Economic Vision Group. "Having been an interested observer, both through enjoying the impressive outcome of b-side work as a member of the public, and in collaborating with the team through my other local work it is a privilege to now take on this role of Chair. Recognition of the impact of the arts on local communities in respect of belonging, engagement, well-being and critical financial investment is increasing, and this work links in with my professional and personal passion for Portland and its community, as well as my personal love of the arts."



Steph has worked as a PR consultant for some of the world's biggest companies, with experience in event management, media and stakeholder relations and crisis communications. She was brought up in Dorset and that is where she feels most at home, whether it's swimming at Church Ope or walking around Pulpit rock with her dog Oreo.



Jennifer is relatively new to Portland arriving with her husband and dogs in 2020. She has worked as a solicitor for more than 20 years and currently leads legal services for Middle East operations of an international healthcare company. “Having moved to Portland mid-pandemic, I was immediately taken by the unique and like-minded community we have here. It is thrilling to see how people embrace the elements and the arts, always with a healthy dose of eccentricity. I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to join b-side as NED. It is an amazing organisation bringing the arts to our community and beyond.”



Rebecca de Pelet is an educator with over 25 years’ experience in both the state and independent sectors, a former department head, the founder and director of a festival of writing, a TEDx programme curator and a mentor. She is passionate about the importance of the Creative Arts and their power to impact young people's lives in particular: their sense of self; their optimism; and their ability to find fulfilling, worthwhile employment.   She owns a hut on Portland Bill and thanks to her neighbours now understands how to get into the sea more safely.


Celia is a creative producer and facilitator interested in how collaborative artistic practice can imagine new possibilities for social justice, collective care, transformation and repair. She organises public programmes and social-engaged creative commissions in Bristol and beyond.  Alongside her creative organising, Celia is a youth worker with young refugees and works as a conflict mediator. In her spare time she enjoys learning about plant medicine and sea swimming. She has long admired the programming of b-side festival and is excited to get to know Portland as she supports b-side as a Non-Executive Director. 


Helena returned to Portland in 2016 to live, having been captivated by the Island during a stay on a school trip some forty years earlier. Her subsequent experiences of the b-side Festival opened her eyes to the potential of art to encourage and empower Portlanders to value their unique environment. In addition to her passion for the Island, Helena brings the skills accumulated over forty years in two careers (initially in IT and laterally as a healthcare professional involved in education and governance) and being involved with community organisations over a similar period to her new role.


Having grown up in Dorset, I returned to Portland to write my master’s dissertation, ‘On keeping Portland (weird). Fiction, folklore and art; filling the holes of the Isle of Portland’, and felt this was only the beginning of what I hope to be a sustained relationship with the island – its people, places and cultural practices. With a background in critical theory and research, and a passion for contemporary visual culture, I believe the arts can open up spaces of encounter and connection under systems of division. I am deeply committed to social causes, and as a young, future-orientated voice, I am truly invested in supporting b-side with their essential and inspirational work on Portland. 

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