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About Us

b-side is an internationally recognised and locally loved arts organisation that both embodies and enriches its place of origin - the Isle of Portland in Dorset.

This island is the beating heart that inspires b-side’s work, but our projects and opportunities extend all over Dorset and beyond.

We work with and commission artists who are as excited by the bigger picture as the smallest detail. Using Portland as a microcosm to explore relationships to and with land, artists create unique and inventive projects inspired by the themes of ‘people’ and ‘place’. We host big discussions on topics that affect us both locally and globally, and create art that exists in unusual and unexpected places.

Every two years, we produce the b-side festival, which brings new, unique art to local audiences and visitors alike, sharing incredible stories about and with the Isle of Portland, as well as the rest of the world.

b-side is run by a collaborative team of artists, producers and curators with experience in visual arts, live art, performance, social practice, heritage, environment and arts education. In 2012, we were awarded funding from Arts Council England to become a National Portfolio Organisation.

Our next festival will take place 05 - 13 September 2020. Full programme to be announced in 2020 - we are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for our quarterly enews and we will make sure that you find out what's in store next year first!

In it's every breath it has everything to do with the place and people

 

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Projects

Art all year round

We invite professional artists to make artworks in response to place, drawing upon the history, architecture and geography of a particular site or working with communities as a source of inspiration and research. We also work with local young people to create tailor-made programmes and experiences that support talent and skills.

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Opportunities for everyone

b-side works and collaborates with a diverse range of people and organisations. We offer artists, researchers, residents and visitors the opportunity to get involved in our work by responding and contributing to our programme. We do this through bursaries, commissions, residencies, artists’ CPD and work with young people, as well as local events, projects and collaboration.

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Festival

Portland's biennial art extravaganza

Every two years on Portland we produce the b-side festival, showcasing the very best in contemporary art, made in response to this beautiful, intriguing and extraordinary island. Simultaneously playful and challenging, our artistic programme results from conversations between artists and producers with the residents and communities of Portland.

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Portland

Explore Portland with b-side as your guide

Since 2008, artists have been coming to Portland to embark on projects which bring a fresh perspective of the island to both tourists and the community. Their work enables us to see the island in new and intriguing ways. Places which we may have overlooked and buildings which have lain dormant, enjoy a new lease of life. A number of artists have produced artworks that can still be seen around Portland or resources that can help you explore the island in a unique and fascinating way.

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We're proud of the wide range of art
we've been bringing to Dorset since
2008. Help us to keep wowing you.