Application deadline: Monday 19 February, 9am
b-side is looking to commission an artist for a project exploring the historic origins of footpaths on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. They would like to commission an artist to respond to information gathered by a community research team to create work that animates footpaths and informs and engages visitors to Portland over the 9 day period of the b-side festival in September 2018. Portland Pathways is a project that will explore the historic origins of public rights of way on the isle of Portland, Dorset.
A Project Research Coordinator will work with residents of Portland to explore Portland’s paths and find out more about their original purpose and relationship to the landscapes they pass through and places they connect. This community research will involve walks, visits to sites on route and the use of records, archives, and include people’s experiences and memories. The information and understanding gathered will be collated, recorded and archived and used to inspire and inform a map based footpath guide and an artist commission to help share the learning with visitors to Portland (map and artist commission could be a collaboration). The aim is to inspire and encourage residents and visitors to explore Portland on foot, and learn more about the significance of the paths and their relationship to the landscapes and heritage sites they connect.
b-side would like to commission an artist to respond to information gathered by the community research team to create work in any media that animates footpaths and informs and engages visitors to Portland over the 9 day period of the b-side festival in September 2018. They would like the work to incorporate walks and talks in some form and to link to an associated map based guide to the footpaths. The artist/s would be welcome to join the research team and contribute to, collaborate on or incorporate the production of the map as part of their work. NB A separate budget covers design and print for the map.
Fee: £2000 to include artist fee and all costs including materials, production, installation and de-installation of work. (plus separate budget for design and print of map if applicable)
Expenses: An additional allowance of up to £760 is available for travel and accommodation.
Dates: Research and development – anytime from March/April onwards. Final work to be presented as part of the 2018 b-side festival from Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 September 2018.
The commissioned artist will be invited to join other b-side artists on residential research days 23 and 24 March 2018. Material and information gathered over the project research period of March-May 2018 will be made available to inform the production of the map and artist commission.
A final proposal for work will be agreed with b-sideThe commissioned artist/artwork is expected to play an active part in audience engagement during the festival. Support and assistance will be available for production, installation and stewarding.
For more information and application details see: b-side.org.uk/opportunities/portland
Open Call | Portland Pathways Artist Commission, Dorset, UK