This year b-side is working with a number of South West based arts organisations to offer development of practise opportunities for South West based artists. Platform bursaries are for emerging visual artists or established artists who are interested in exploring new ways of working in a site responsive/ temporary/outdoor context.
The recipient of the b-side and OSR Projects bursary is Caitlin Akers. The bursary will include mentoring from the b-side and OSR teams and an opportunity to take part in the b-side festival 2018.
Caitlin Akers is a visual artist based in Manchester, UK. Working with printmaking, photography and artist’ books, Akers explores storytelling, history, language and poetry. She is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Visual Art: Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London.
The artist’s current practice is focused on research she has been undertaking on her great great uncles who were famous fairground boxers in the 1920’s and 30’s. Using their story as the starting point she has created experimental prints and artist’ books that explore visual and phonological themes in fistiana. Akers is drawn to the doggerel, dialectal turns of phrase, slang and signage in everyday life and attempts to draw our attention to it, question it and value it.
“I have been inspired by the small acts of youth rebellion that have occurred on the Island, along with bits of local gossip, hearsay, myth and legend that are incredibly Portland specific. I am creating a series of colourful text based posters that will appear in different locations around Portland.”