Dorset Artists' Emergency Fund

by b-side CIC in Portland, England, United Kingdom


raised of £10,000 target
72% 24 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 29th June 2020 at 12:00pm

With events cancelled, venues closed and public gatherings restricted many Artists in Dorset/BCP can't work and urgently need our support.

by b-side CIC in Portland, England, United Kingdom

What’s the problem? 

Were you looking forward to seeing that new play, having fun at a festival, belly-laughing at a comedy night, attending an art exhibition or jumping around at a gig this summer? With events cancelled, venues closed and public gatherings restricted it’s not only audiences who are missing out. 

With events cancelled, venues closed and public gatherings restricted many Artists in Dorset (which includes Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole) have had all their work cancelled for this year and are in urgent need of support. A large proportion of these Artists (musicians, comedians, visual artists, directors, actors, writers, film makers etc.) are falling through the gaps when it comes to financial support. Some are unable to pay the bills or put food on the table.

b-side and a range of other Dorset-based arts organisations (logos at the bottom of the page) are rallying together to support Artists in Dorset by launching this Crowdfunder campaign.

Artwork by Steluna.

What does this fund support?

The money collected will help Artists in Dorset (& Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole) to meet their most urgent financial needs during the current crisis. This will help individuals pay their bills and ensure the Dorset arts sector stays afloat ready for the future.

Artwork by Katie Brookes.

Why should we support?

Arts, culture and heritage is vital. It boosts our economy, improves the wellbeing of residents and visitors and creates a strong sense of place and belonging.

Artists are needed for us to see that new play, have fun at a festival, belly-laugh at a comedy night, attend an art exhibition and jump around at a gig. Your help will ensure Artists in Dorset will still be here once the current crisis is over.

Artworks by: Lucanart ('Support Artists in Dorset' illustration), Steluna (2nd illustration), Katie Brookes (3rd illustration). Photos by: Brendan Buesnel (top left) and Mike Petitdemange (bottom right).

Apply to the Dorset (&BCP) Artists' Emergency Fund here

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

6 of 10 claimed

A b-side bag & voucher

Nab yourself a b-side tote bag and a voucher to one of festival events in September 2021.

£40 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Film Club Member - Lighthouse, Poole

Become a Film Club member at Lighthouse, Poole. It includes: • 4 free tickets (terms and conditions apply) • Discounted member ticket price • Access to your complimentary tickets and discounts online • Print at home (or to your phone) tickets at no extra charge • No booking fee Membership Period: 1 year

£50 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Virtual Cabaret Night with Extraordinary Bodies

You're invited to Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists' Cabaret Night. Watch a live and digital selection of performances by the cohort via Zoom. They might even share some material from their new show 'Til We Win'!

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Behind the Scenes at Inside Out Dorset 2021

Activate (Producers of Inside Out Dorset) invite you to go behind the scenes, meet some of the incredible artists performing, chat with festival Artistic Directors Kate Wood and Bill Gee, with a meal for up to 4 people, and see how our festival comes together.

£250 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Exclusive curator-led tour of b-side festival 2021

An exclusive tour of b-side festival (11 - 19 Sept 2021) for up to 3 people. This tour will be led by the curator(s) of b-side.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

2 x tickets to an Artsreach performance 2021

2 x Artsreach tickets & a tote bag! Attend any Artsreach performance in 2021 (subject to availability).

Let's make 'Dorset Artists' Emergency Fund' happen

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