A photograph of the outside of the b-side project space on Portland exhibitiing large colourful posters created by Portland residents

OUTPOST LOCKDOWN EXHIBITIONS - Sophie Fretwell and Carol Cruickshank

2nd26th March 2021
77 Fortuneswell

The latest posters to go up are by Portland residents Sophie Fretwell and Carol Cruickshank.

During the lockdown, many people have been rekindling their love of making - baking, sewing, painting, drawing and crafting we want to celebrate and showcase this, and make sure that everyone can still engage with b-side's creative programme despite the current closure of our project space and postponement of the Festival this year.

Outpost project space is in Fortuneswell, Portland and has huge street-level windows - it makes the perfect safe social distancing exhibition space. Following an overwhelming response to our call out to Portland residents to show us their creativity we have a fantastic visual archive of Portland Lockdown creative talent.

Sophie has been painting a sketchbook of miniature "Lockdown Landscapes", as she explores Portland's pathways, on her daily walk. They start off in her garden, when lockdown measures were more extreme, and progress to views across Dorset. 

Carol's textile landscapes record memories of places she loves, the act of making aiding her recovery after a serious illness.

You can see all the Lockdown Art Exhibitions to date HERE

I hand-sew textile pictures of places I love. Here are pictures completed since lockdown. 

After my heart attack in March, working on these kept me calm and thankful for all I had. 

As a tribute to my father who died of Covid recorded our happy times on holiday in “Healds on Holiday. 


Carol Cruikshank

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