b-side Symposium ‘The Excursionist’
“Well done. A refreshingly creative and positive event."
b-side welcomed over 80 delegates to the Isle of Portland for b-side’s second Symposium event provoking debate on current issues. ‘The Excursionist’ explored the growing industry of tourism and it's relationship with the arts exploring the impact of tourism on community, environment and economy and the role art and artists can play.
Delegates enjoyed two days of provocations, presentations, discussions and artistic interventions including a bus trip to Portland’s premier tourist attraction and an unexpected performance in a graveyard.
b-side multimedia is an artist-led arts organisation based in Dorset.
We work with and commission artists to make new site-responsive work revealing the marginal, often forgotten and less commercial aspects of our coastal towns and communities. There is a b-side festival every two years in Weymouth and Portland.
A b-side festival can provide moments of reflection, beauty, surreal interventions and unexpected encounters with art.
Our last Festival was in September 2014, take a look at the 2014 Archive page to see the breadth of the work.
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b-side’s programme extends beyond the biennial festival and reaches out across the community with an engagement programme offering opportunities in mentoring, participation and social enterprise to young people, early career artists and anyone with a passion for the arts.
You can help b-side continue to make a real difference to the communities of Weymouth and Portland and their audiences by becoming a Member or Sponsor, with packages starting from just £15 per year.