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Souvenirs: Migratory Objects 15 July to 05 August

Summer is here (really!) and b-side is pleased to present work by two very different artists exploring the holiday tradition of 'souvenirs' in the Outpost project space on Portland. Artists Louise Atkinson and Christian Edwardes explore the souvenir; that beloved pocket money treasure, traveller of kitch and memento of a unique encounter that can never be revisited in its ‘original’ sense.   

Portland in the frame: stunning photographs of Dorset’s intriguing Island

Brutal Solitude

Photographs by Brendan Buesnel

20 May – 10 June

Outpost, Portland

Dorset based photographer Brendan Buesnel will be exhibiting his latest series of landscape photographs at b-side’s Outpost in May.

Brendan was commissioned by b-side in 2016 to take a series of images that reflect the unique character of Dorset’s intriguing Island; many of his images were used in the b-side Festival catalogue, but only now can be seen together as a collection.

An exhibition by artist Debbie Adele Cooper at Dartmoor National Park

Unseen and Unheard Things

30 March to 23 May 2017

An exhibition by artist Debbie Adele Cooper at Dartmoor National Park



12 & 13th APRIL


YOU'VE GOT TO BE YOLKING... creme eggs for Portland's best gags

b-side has creme eggs to give away to the first 100 people who tell us their best gags this Easter.

Everyone's welcome to our Yolkathon.

Will your joke register on our giggleometer ? All jokes will go on display at Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell to spread a little happiness to passers-by.

Outpost will be ready for yolks on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th April from 12pm to 5pm. Just pop in and do your worst!

Work by artist Simon Hitchens kicks off a season of new possibilities at b-side’s new project space


Work by artist Simon Hitchens kicks off a season of new possibilities at b-side’s new project space on Portland

16 March – 08 April 2017

b-side upped sticks and made the permanent move to the Isle of Portland in Dorset last year. Taking over an empty shop space in Fortuneswell, the new space became a real hub at the Festival in September and has since hosted various community and artist events.

Christmas at b-side



Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell, Portland DT5 1LY

It’s busy week of festive events at b-side festival’s project space - outpost - on Portland. Producer Sandy Kirkby said,

Artist Talk: An evening with Film Maker Emma Critchley


An evening with Film Maker Emma Critchley

Tuesday 31 May 2016, 7.00pm

Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell, DT5 1LY.

b-side festival is returning this year and in the leading up to the festival b-side will be hosting talks by the artists taking part. Kicking off this programme is underwater film maker and artist Emma Critchley.

b-side have moved to Portland – Come and meet the team!

Meet the Team: Monday 9th May, 10am – 4pm
Residents Open Evening: Tuesday 10th May, 6pm – 8pm

b-side CIC, Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell, DT5 1LY.

b-side, the organisers of the biennial b-side arts festival, will be launching their brand new project space and office – Outpost – on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th May. Just in time for this year’s festival.

b-side selected for European Festivals Association

b-side is proud to announce that following intense evaluation from national experts and an international jury it has been selected as one of Europe’s finest festivals honored with the EFFE Label 2015-2016, 761 festivals from 31 countries now belong to the first generation of EFFE Label recipients. 

Artangel, Radio 4 and b-side present Katrina Palmer's excavations on the Isle of Portland


From 26 April 2015

Since winning a commission from Artangel and BBC Radio 4’s open call for emerging British artists, Katrina Palmer has based herself on the Isle of Portland.


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