A woman dressed as a rabbit stands next to a cardboard cut out of a beauty queen

Sadie Hennessy

Sadie Hennessy is a multi-disciplinary artist whose current body of work is exploring the tension between the natural world, and humanity’s impact on it.

For b-side festival 2021

Outstanding Unnatural Beauty Parlour

"I was inspired by a map of Dorset’s designated ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONBs)  - and wondered why Portland hadn’t made the grade.  (The AONB map’s boundary stops very abruptly just before the causeway).  It left me wondering who gets to decide what is beautiful, and how they measure it.  Isn’t beauty subjective anyway, and come to think of it, what actually IS beauty? 

These are some of the questions my project seeks to find answers to. 

I thought I’d enlist the help of some experts, so I’ll be asking local beauticians and beauty queens for their thoughts on the matter and inviting Festival visitors to create their own 'Unnnatural Beauty' look guided by Kiki Bogoff." . Perhaps it is the industrialised areas of Portland, such as the man-made harbour, the prisons and the quarries that exclude it from the AONB beauty contest, but in my view there is beauty to be found in the man-made world; you just have to look a little harder. 

To this end, I intend to put some unnatural beauty into the natural environment.  I shall be inviting local people and visitors to enter a surreal beauty parlour, inside a horsebox.  Once in, they will undertaken an over-the-top make-over tutorial, and then be photographed in the landscape in their finery. "

 

 

Sadie Hennessy's b-side Portfolio

Project

b-side festival 2021

A thousand ideas, one amazing island

09 - 12 Sept 2021

Project

Festival 2016

b-side returned to the Isle of Portland in September 2016 showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to this beautiful and...

Event Archive

A cardboard cut out of a beauty queen with a smiling woman in sunglasses and a hat
Event

Outstanding Unnatural Beauty Parlour

12 Sept 11:00 - 16:00

Quiddles Cafe
Portland

Moving across the Island like a glamorous galleon of glitz we present the 'Unnatural Beauty Parlour'

A cardboard cut out of a beauty queen with a smiling woman in sunglasses and a hat
Event

Outstanding Unnatural Beauty Parlour

11 Sept 11:00 - 18:00

Lobster Pot Cafe
Portland

Moving across the Island like a glamorous galleon of glitz we present the 'Unnatural Beauty Parlour'

A cardboard cut out of a beauty queen with a smiling woman in sunglasses and a hat
Event

Outstanding Unnatural Beauty Parlour

09 + 10 Sept 11:00 - 18:00

Fancy's Farm
Portland

Moving across the Island like a glamorous galleon of glitz we present the 'Unnatural Beauty Parlour'

A cardboard cut out of a beauty queen with a smiling woman in sunglasses and a hat
Event

Outstanding Unnatural Beauty Parlour

09 + 10 Sept 11:00 - 18:00

Fancy's Farm
Portland

Moving across the Island like a glamorous galleon of glitz we present the 'Unnatural Beauty Parlour'

Sadie Hennessy
Event

Artist Talk: Sadie Hennessy

Royal Manor Theatre
Portland

Artist and 'shenanigator' Sadie Hennessy talks about her work for b-side and other projects. She creates 2D and 3D collages, installations and