Dorset Artists' Emergency Fund

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

We did it
On 30th July 2020 we successfully raised £19,095 with 120 supporters in 73 days

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

New stretch target

We have received just over 50 applications to the Dorset Artists' Emergency Fund. In order to support all of those in urgent financial need we need to raise a minimum total of £23,500. 

Will you help us get there?  Will you help us secure the future of Arts and Culture in Dorset?


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.

“I have had to borrow money to cover rent, I have then had to borrow more money to pay for food. I have had one job since March, and this has helped me put some food on the table without borrowing money from friends. All of the money will go on essential living costs. I have around £5,000 worth of essential costs to pay off. Which includes paying back the friends I borrowed money from.” - Emergency Fund Applicant

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Artwork by Steluna. www.steluna.co.uk.

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.

“Pay for everyday struggles since Covid-19: bills, food, everyday bills, help fill the gap. I have been surviving on the basics: food locked up in the cupboard. It gets hard when you have to start paying the bills, tv, phone, lights. I'm hanging on a thread. If I can't pay, they turn it off.” - Emergency Fund Applicant

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Artwork by Katie Brookes. www.katiebrookesdesign.co.uk.

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.

"Artists of all kinds bring so much light, laughter and vibrancy to our normal day to day, let's keep the creative arts alive and support those artists! This is a brilliant cause!" - Emergency Fund Supporter

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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

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

0 of 5 claimed

b-side bag

Nab yourself a b-side tote bag, wear it with pride, and know that you’re supporting local artists.

£20 or more

2 of 5 claimed

'Black Bay' CD by Far Flung Collective

(2020) Far Flung Collective create beautiful new music inspired by the landscapes of Dorset and the Scottish Outer Hebrides, featuring acclaimed musicians from each area.

£20 or more

2 of 5 claimed

'Far Flung Corners' CD by Far Flung Collective

(2017) Far Flung Collective create beautiful new music inspired by the landscapes of Dorset and the Scottish Outer Hebrides, featuring acclaimed musicians from each area.

£20 or more

A3 print of an Inside Out Dorset Artwork

A3 photographic print (unframed) of an Inside Out Dorset artwork by Tony Gill. Artworks include: Remnant Ecologies by Jony Easterby, The White Hare by Sarah Butterworth, Cloudscapes by Lorna Rees and Soaring Sky by Arbonauts.

£30 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Party hosted by 2 Clowns

Attend a zoom party for you and up to 5 friends. Your hosts are Molly & Eilís and they've been planning this party for you for a very long time.

£30 or more

A3 canvas of an Inside Out Dorset Artwork

A3 photo on canvas (ready to hang) of an Inside Out Dorset artwork - photography by Tony Gill. Artworks include: Remnant Ecologies by Jony Easterby, The White Hare by Sarah Butterworth, Cloudscapes by Lorna Rees and Soaring Sky by Arbonauts.

£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.

£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'!

£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.

£500 or more

Support an Artist

We're giving out grants of £500 to artists in urgent financial need. Your reward will be knowing that you've directly supported an Artist in their time of need. We'll also let give you an overview of how you helped.

£10 or more

10 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.

£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).

£40 or more

4 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

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