How Can I Stay? Setting Up Freedoms

A day-long res­i­den­cy for cre­atives explor­ing how the tem­po­rary can be a pow­er­ful tool for mak­ing cre­ative con­nec­tions across networks.

How Can I Stay? Setting Up Freedoms
Friday 6 September / 12-10pm (overnight camping available)
Sweet Hill Farm Wild Campsite, Portland, Dorset

Part of VASW's ‘How Can I Stay? (I don't want to not want to stay)’ programme.

Booking: Free to attend, places allocated on a first come first served basis (capacity of 35). A limited number of travel bursaries available (allocated as spaces are booked). See more details below.

A day-long residency for creatives hosted on Portland by b-side Festival.
How can we come together to increase creative freedoms? How can the temporary be a powerful tool for making creative connections across regional/global networks?

Through a series of workshops, socials, and a drop in residency space, creatives are invited to explore ways of using temporal space/time to make connections, ideas, art and new forms of liberation. The event begins with a picnic lunch, followed by talks and activities to creatively problem solve and discuss barriers in the creative sector’s infrastructure.

Hosted at Sweethill Farm campsite, this relaxed event is open to all who consider themselves creative!

- Capacity - There are 35 places available allocated on a first-come-first-served basis

- Travel and time bursaries - There are a limited number of travel and time bursaries available between £10 - £100. Bursary holders will be asked to bring a creative problem or solution to contribute to one (or more!) of the discussions on either finance, travel or social space (you will be contacted about this by b-side after booking). When booking a place to attend you will be asked to identify if you require a bursary and how much you require (at set amounts). Bursaries will be allocated as tickets are booked on a first-come-first-served basis. It is unlikely that there will be enough budget for everyone to access a bursary.

- Camping - camping at Sweet Hill Farm is available if you wish to stay overnight and check out b-side festival the following day. Please note that you will need to organise this yourself - get in touch with to book. Camping costs £12/night

- Food - There will be snacks, tea and coffee throughout the day. Sweet Hill Farm will have pasties and a veg stew available to purchase. The veg stew will be served from 5:30pm-7pm. You’re also welcome to bring your own food/snacks, or anything you need for the day.

- Access information - There will be an accessible toilet on site. There is a steep gravel road leading to the campsite which can be driven up. Transport onto the site from local pick ups can be provided for anyone with access requirements. b-side will be in touch with all attendees to ask about any access requirements after booking.

- Travel - Take the 1 Portland Link Bus to Sweethill Lane bus stop - you can take this bus from Weymouth Train Station. Please note there is a 7min walk from the bus to the campsite (transport onto the site available for those with access needs).