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b-side commissions a whole range of art, research, events and activities every year.

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An historical painting of Church Ope
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The History, Myths and Legends of Church Ope Cove

4th October 201920th September 2020

From stories of the fishermen, smugglers, leisure seekers and hut owners who have used the cove for centuries, to the legends surrounding local...

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Uncover some of the inspiring art projects we've been running in and around Portland since 2008.

A picture of an illuminated moon by artist Luke Jerram
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Dorset Moon at Nothe Fort

12th13th July 2019

Over three weekends more than 41,000 people enjoyed Luke Jerram’s monumental Museum of the Moon installation in three stunning locations – St...

Picture of Pollution Pods in London
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Pollution Pods

28th June1st July 2019

The Pollution Pods were created by artist Michael Pinsky for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and commissioned to test whether...

Picture of Michael Pinsky, Sara Hudston and Leni Dothan
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b-side Assemblies 04: Making Art in Times of Crisis

Friday 28 June 2019

We face one of the biggest catastrophes in our planet's history. Climate change and environmental destruction are causing mass extinction. The...

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WHY? Festival 2018

13th15th September 2018

The WHY? festival took place over one weekend during b-side 2018 festival. Produced and programmed by our current cohort of [intransit] Producers...

Performers at sea front
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b-side Festival 2018

7th15th September 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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Intransit Producers

Monday 03 September 2018

In 2018 we worked with a group of young people who were particularly interested in social activism, young people's rights and developing their...

A group of people walking up a hill
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Portland Pathways

1st April31st October 2018

Many of the footpaths and bridleways we use today have their origins in routes travelled hundreds or thousands of years ago – these routes are now...

Woman looking into a box
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Shahre Farang

17th June8th July 2017

Imagine you could never return...

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Uncertain

17th June 20171st July 2019

Our identity documents categorise, divide and restrict us: a legalized piece of paper verifies who we are, when and where we were born. Our...

Speakers at the event
Project

b-side Assemblies 01: Art & Activism

Saturday 17 June 2017

b-side Assemblies: No 1 featured contributions from: Dickie Beau - Artist, Performer, Paul Soulellis - Artist, Library of the Printed Web, Paula...

Girl standing on Weymouth beach
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Into Dust

Wednesday 01 February 2017

Following on from hosting Shame Chorus (an uplifting music project about shame and sexuality) during b-side Festival 2016 we were motivated to...

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Festival 2016

9th17th September 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...

man looking at stone
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End Matter - The Loss Adjusters

16th May30th August 2015

Portland has been shaped and hollowed out over centuries by convicts and quarrymen to provide stone for some of London’s best-known buildings, one...

crowd on beach
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b-side Festival 2014

5th14th September 2014

A programme of original work sometimes poignant or challenging, sometimes celebratory and frequently witty. The work was displayed on footpaths,...

Portland Library
Project

Text Outside a Book

Monday 02 June 2014

Tophill Library and The Sugar Loaf Cafe welcomed b-side artists Ania Bas and Paul Soulellis.

Ania Bas based herself at The Sugar Loaf...

Young man at an interview
Project

b-roads Youth Employment Programme

Tuesday 01 January 2013

"An exceptional pilot project that has far exceeded expectations and outcomes."

Angela Gould, Synergy Housing Customer Involvement and...

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