Force 8 is a creative collective of artists, writers, designers and musicians founded by Anna Best and Hester Schofield in 2016 to promote a culture of thinking  and progressive dialogue through contemporary art that will inspire people in Bridport and the surrounding area. We welcome new members, please get in contact!

Our pilot project at the Methodist Chapel – Mission Space –  aimed to arouse interest in the collective. We had envisaged an informal think tank to explore the holiday experience alongside relevant contemporary issues for our community.  We aimed for a curiosity shop, a place of thoughts and dreams, to conjure up ideas, to inspire and share  with others…. an off-line place of potential.

For 6 weeks we hosted an evolving programme, including artists talks, new performance work, walking tours, mini residencies and discussions. Film screenings were successful and were conjoined with informal discussions after the screening, often with the artist or director present.  The chapel space was noted for its brilliant acoustic, its character as both an intimate and safe space, and  a laboratory or testing station for artists ideas. We presented over 50 artists work and hosted a series of residencies at The Mothership in conjunction.

Ongoing events include presenting Mothership artist’s talks at Bridport Arts Centre. We have a day of Mission Space films screening at The Galley in Bridport on Saturday January 14th, 2017 and a forthcoming weekend camp near Powerstock, in early summer.

Force 8 welcomes you!