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b-side is not just a festival, we commission a whole range of art, research, events and activities throughout the year - take a look below.

Featured Projects

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Earthlings Assemble

Monday 11th October 2021 - 9:00am

Wildworks are creating the Earthlings Assembly; an exciting new community arts project on Portland that will culminate later this year as the...

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b-side festival 2021

9th12th September 2021

b-side is back, showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to the beautiful and intriguing Isle of Portland.



New Artist Mentoring Programme

Wednesday 14th April 2021 - 4:00pm

Supported by The Alice Ellen Cooper-Dean Charitable Foundation and public funding from Arts Council England.


New Curators

Monday 1st February 2021 (All day)

We are so pleased to announce our team of New Curators for 2021.

Over the next nine months they will be part of a programme of mentoring...



1st June 202031st March 2021

During the lockdown, many people have been rekindling their love of making - baking, sewing, painting, drawing and crafting we want to celebrate...


The Resident Residency

27th February 202030th September 2021
Resident artists receive financial and creative support for the development of an idea over a period of time, using the overarching theme of Common...


Explore our archive

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

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B-side Assemblies 05: Show and Tell

Tuesday 11th August 2020 - 2:00pm

We know that there is immense value to the sharing of intimate, small scale, creative moments with participants, communities and audiences. This...

I Scream Van by FUSE performance b-side Festival 2010 Photo Pete Millson

CREATE! Developing Your Idea

Monday 3rd August 2020 - 9:00am
About the course

b-side and Activate Performing Arts teamed up to deliver a FREE short online course exploring what’s involved in shaping creative...

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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...

A picture of an illuminated moon by artist Luke Jerram

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 Michael Pinsky, Sara Hudston and Leni Dothan

b-side Assemblies 04: Making Art in Times of Crisis

Friday 28th June 2019 (All day)

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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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...

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And the Crowd Goes Wild

1st January 201929th February 2020

In 2019 b-side was awarded funding from The Heritage Lottery Sharing Heritage fund to work with artist Laura Hopes on a film and publication...


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...

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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...


Intransit Producers

Monday 3rd September 2018 (All day)

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

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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...


b-side Assemblies No 2: Embracing Change, Embracing Dementia

Thursday 28th September 2017 (All day)

b-side convened an afternoon of discussion exploring how work by artists using the theme of dementia is helping to inform our understanding of the...

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Shahre Farang

17th June8th July 2017

Imagine you could never return...



17th June1st July 2017

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

b-side Assemblies 01: Art & Activism

Saturday 17th June 2017 (All day)

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

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Into Dust

Wednesday 1st February 2017 (All day)

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


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...

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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...


Outpost Project Space

Thursday 1st January 2015 (All day)

Situated on Fortuneswell High Street on the isle of Portland, Outpost is a space managed by b-side for the use of artists and the community....

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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

Text Outside a Book

Monday 2nd June 2014 (All day)

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

Ania Bas based herself at The Sugar Loaf...

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b-roads Youth Employment Programme

1st January2nd December 2013

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

Angela Gould, Synergy Housing Customer Involvement and...


b-side Festival 2012

1st17th September 2012

b-side festival 2012 took place in Weymouth & Portland across two sites as part of the Maritime Mix Cultural Olympiad Programme.


The 48

27th July31st August 2012

The 48 began on 27 July 2012 and was designed, printed and distributed across Weymouth by 31 July 2012!

Students from Weymouth College...


Air Radio

1st31st July 2011

Westfield School with Sue Palmer and Pedro Calero

Artist Sue Palmer worked with young people from Westfield Arts Technology College in...

Impossible Architexture

1st30th June 2011

'Portland Rocks' are a group of local young musicians, working with artists Ivon Oates and David Rogers they experimented with sound in new ways...


Portrait Dance

2nd31st May 2011

Portrait are the youth contemporary dance group for Dorset managed by Activate. Working with their choreographer Carly Reader they developed a...


Cut and Paste

1st30th April 2011

Young people from Littlemoor in Weymouth, worked with artist Peter Snelling looking at ways of creating site-specific temporary encounters in...


The BabyGrow Project

4th January15th December 2011

Young people from Westfield Arts College, All Saints School and youth groups at NACRO, Tides and Compass worked with artists Sally and Peter...

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