Common Lands


Dorset Portland
22/11/2019 - 22/11/2019

?Common Lands? is b-side?s new three-year programme.


Common Lands is the over-arching theme for our programme of work over the coming years.

Common Lands is the over-arching theme for our programme of work over the coming years – regarding Portland as a microcosm to explore our relationship to and with land.

This includes the physical and environmental context, together with the human and social context. Incorporating biodiversity, climate change, migration, displacement, land use, ownership, and rights.  

Common Lands will work with artists and communities to explore these interwoven themes in relation and response to the site and context of Portland. The programme incorporates community-led research, workshops, talks and discussion events, publications and artist bursaries, residencies and commissions.

Underpinning our approach is the recognition of a form of sustainable tourism known as ‘geotourism’ as a way forward that recognises Portland unique natural and built heritage and balances the economic benefits of tourism with the well-being of residents, whilst protecting and enhancing Portland’s environment.

This includes the physical, environmental, human and social context. Incorporating biodiversity, climate change, migration, displacement, land use, ownership, and rights.

Common Lands will work with artists and communities to explore these interwoven themes in relation and in response to the site and context of Portland.

We will do this through three programmes created in conversation with Portland communities:  

  • This Land focusing on heritage and environment
  • Who Do We Think We Are? – focusing on people and migration
  • That Other Place focusing on digital lands and alternative identities.

Join us in discussions, workshops exhibitions and events exploring our relationship to and with land – here and elsewhere.