b-side festival 2021

09/09/2021 - 09/09/2021

A thousand ideas, one amazing island.
Portland, Dorset, UK | 09 – 12 Sept 2021

b-side festival returned in Sept 2021, showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to the beautiful and intriguing Isle of Portland.

In March 2020 we – along with millions of others – closed our project space’s doors. An unknown and then ever-expanding lockdown way of life commenced. But amongst the uncertainty we noticed, people were making things. In this unprecedented year more than ever, we wanted to share with visitors the extraordinary wealth of witty, poignant, and wonderful artwork created by Portland residents alongside our commissioned artists.

Artists in the 2021 festival drew inspiration from the Island’s landscape, community, and history, as well as our relationship to places elsewhere. These are all components of b-side’s theme Common Lands, where we research and creatively respond to our relationship to Portland as a microcosm of global themes such as land access, environmental change, biodiversity, and the history and future of migration.


Take a look at our Festival film, photographs and programme below to see what happened during four magical days on Portland in Sept 2021.


Photos by Paul Box, Brendan Buesnel and Pete Millson. For all images and photo credits please visit our Flickr album HERE