Caitlin Akers

Caitlin Akers (Manchester, UK) is an artist working across, artist books, letterpress printing, Risograph printing, workshops, discussions, zines, billboards and photography.

Akers’ is a graduate of MA Book Arts at Camberwell College of Art (2018). She has recently created commissioned work for Kingsgate Project Space, London and Manchester International Festival.


For b-side 2021

AJ Leibling famously wrote “The freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one”

For b-side 2021 a radical art printing press is coming to Portland.

The press is a special Japanese Risograph printer from the 1980s - cheap to run and environmentally friendly, with low energy costs and vegetable-based inks.

A series of workshops over the festival period will offer b-side festival goers the opportunity to take part in the art of activism and learn how to print their own posters and zines.

What do Portlanders want to protest about? Hospital closures? Climate change? Socks with sandals? Kimberlins?

“I am obsessed with print, particularly commercial print methods and the look of printed advertisements. I am also excited by the intersections between traditional print, poetry, digital technology and the language of the internet. Within my work I explore working class history, identity and rhythms and patterns in speech”

Caitlin Akers's b-side Portfolio


b-side festival 2021

A thousand ideas, one amazing island

09 - 12 Sept 2021

Performers at sea front

b-side Festival 2018

The festival showcased the very best in contemporary art, made in response to this beautiful, intriguing and extraordinary island. Over 15,000...

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Portland Press (Part 1)

12 Sept 16:00 - 18:00

Look out for the posters on the Parade

For b-side 2021 a radical art printing press starts its journey to Portland.