Projects

Explore our current projects

 

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

FEATURED PROJECTS

Explore our archive

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

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08/09/2022

Festival 2022

b-side is back this year 08 - 11 September 2022 with a whole new exciting program of Events and Artists.
01/05/2022

New Curators

A programme of mentoring and training for emerging curators and producers.
14/04/2022

Platform Bursary 2022

Platform bursaries are aimed at emerging visual artists or established artists interested in exploring new ways of working.
25/04/2022

Souvenirs of Place and Love

A Jubilee community project to celebrate all that we cherish and love.
31/03/2022

New Artist Mentoring Programme 21/22

A programme of mentoring, training, networking opportunities with financial support for new artists. Over
09/03/2022

This Land

This Land is a project exploring and celebrating the unique natural and built heritage of the Isle of Po
14/02/2022

Weymouth Sculpture Trail - between beach and backwater

Six brand new artworks for Weymouth Following a national open call, six artists (three
01/12/2021

Here To Stay

An exploration of plant colonisation centered on a sculptural installation by artist Leni Dothan.
09/09/2021

b-side festival 2021

A thousand ideas, one amazing island. Showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to the beautiful and intriguing Isle of Portland.
09/09/2021

New Curators

A programme of mentoring and training for emerging curators and producers.

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09/09/2021

That Other Place

Explore That Other Place a mirror image of the Isle of Portland, a parallel universe - but not the same.
13/03/2021

New Artists Mentoring Programme 20/21

A programme of mentoring, training, networking opportunities with financial support for new artists.
11/08/2020

B-side Assemblies 05: Show and Tell

We know that there is immense value to the sharing of intimate, small scale, creative moments with par
03/08/2020

CREATE! Developing Your Idea

b-side and Activate Performing Arts teamed up to deliver a FREE sh
01/06/2020

OUTPOST LOCKDOWN EXHIBITIONS

During the lockdown, many people have been rekindling their love of making - baking, sewing, painting, d
27/02/2020

The Resident Residency

Resident artists receive financial and creative support for the development of an idea over a period of ti
22/11/2019

Common Lands

Common Lands is the over-arching theme for our programme of work over the coming years.
01/11/2019

Platform Bursary Programme 2021

Platform bursaries are aimed at emerging visual artists or established artists interested in exploring new way
04/10/2019

The History, Myths and Legends of Church Ope Cove

From stories of the fishermen, smugglers, leisure seekers and hut owners who have used the cove for centuries,
12/07/2019

Dorset Moon at Nothe Fort

Over three weekends more than 41,000 people enjoyed Luke Jerram's monumental Museum of the Moon installation
28/06/2019

Pollution Pods

The Pollution Pods were created by artist Michael Pinsky for the Norwegian University of Science and Technolog
28/06/2019

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

We face one of the biggest catastrophes in our planet's history. Climate change and environmental destruct
01/01/2019

And the Crowd Goes Wild

In 2019 b-side was awarded funding from The Heritage Lottery Sharing Heritage fund to work with artist Laura H
13/09/2018

WHY? Festival 2018

The WHY? festival took place over one weekend during b-side 2018 festival. Produced and programmed by our cur
07/09/2018

b-side Festival 2018

The festival showcased the very best in contemporary art, made in response to this beautiful, intriguing and e
03/09/2018

Intransit Producers

In 2018 we worked with a group of young people who were particularly interested in social activism, youn
01/04/2018

Portland Pathways

Many of the footpaths and bridleways we use today have their origins in routes travelled hundreds or thousands
28/09/2017

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

b-side convened an afternoon of discussion exploring how work by artists using the theme of dementia is helpin
17/06/2017

Shahre Farang

Shahre Farang
17/06/2017

Uncertain

Our identity documents categorise, divide and restrict us: a legalized piece of paper verifies who we are, wh
17/06/2017

b-side Assemblies 01: Art & Activism

b-side Assemblies: No 1 featured contributions from: Dickie Beau
01/02/2017

Into Dust

Following on from hosting Shame Chorus (an uplifting music project about shame and sexuality) during b-side Fe
09/09/2016

Festival 2016

b-side returned to the Isle of Portland in September 2016 showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in
01/01/2015

Outpost Project Space

Situated on Fortuneswell High Street on the isle of Portland, Outpost is a space managed by b-side for the use
05/09/2014

b-side Festival 2014

A programme of original work sometimes poignant or challenging, sometimes celebratory and frequently witty.
02/06/2014

Text Outside a Book

Tophill Library and The Sugar Loaf Cafe welcomed b-side artists Ania Bas and Paul Soulellis. Ania Bas
01/01/2013

b-roads Youth Employment Programme

"An exceptional pilot project that has far exceeded expectations and outcomes.</span
01/09/2012

b-side Festival 2012

b-side festival 2012 took place in Weymouth & Portland across two sites as part of the Maritime Mix Cultu
27/07/2012

The 48

The 48 began on 27 July 2012 and was designed, printed and distributed across Weymouth by 31 July 2012! Stu
01/07/2011

Air Radio

Air Radio
01/06/2011

Impossible Architexture

Portland Rocks are a group of local young musicians, working with artists Ivon Oates and David Roger
02/05/2011

Portrait Dance

Portrait are the youth contemporary dance group for Dorset managed by Activate. Working with their choreograph
01/04/2011

Cut and Paste

Young people from Littlemoor in Weymouth, worked with artist Peter Snelling looking at ways of creating
04/01/2011

The BabyGrow Project

Young people from Westfield Arts College, All Saints School and youth groups at NACRO, Tides and Compass worke
16/05/2015

End Matter - The Loss Adjusters

Portland has been shaped and hollowed out over centuries by convicts and quarrymen to provide stone for some o