Performers at sea front

b-side Festival 2018

Portland

b-side celebrated 10 years in 2018 and our biennial festival returned to Portland.

The festival showcased the very best in contemporary art, made in response to this beautiful, intriguing and extraordinary island. Over 15,000 visits were made to the b-side on this year and it was our biggest festival yet. 

For a taste of b-side Festival 2018 have a look at all the Festival images  HERE

“WOW!! Makes you stop and think. Art at its best.”

Festival visitor

An overview of b-side Festival by Megan Dunford

Featured b-side Festival artist: Ania Bas

And the crowd go wild: Laura Hopes

The Portland Lookalike Agency by Joe Borez & James Laming

Project events

Event

Portland Stone Rehabilitation Centre

High Angle Battery
Portland

Prompted by the invisible enemy of air pollution Leni has worked with the Chemistry department of University College London (UCL), to create an

Easton Ridge National Park by Claudia Antonius & Jörg Jozwiak. Photo: Pete Millson. b-side festival 2018
Event

Easton Ridge National Park

Park Road
Portland

The Easton Ridge National Park is located a short distance along the public footpath between Park Road, Easton (nr Tesco’s) and Pennsylvania Road

Event

Remember the Portland Bois?

Outpost
Portland

“After reading about local gang, The Portland Bois, I became inspired by the small acts of youth rebellion that occurred on the Island.”

The Walking Reading Group on Care. Photos by Rosie Lonsdale.
Event

Storms, Rocks and Thrills - The West Weares Walk

Quiddles Cafe
Portland

A walk through shipwrecks and misleading rocks leading up the hill to quarries in search of hair-raising views and rare wildlife.

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Portland Stone Rehabilitation Centre

High Angle Battery
Portland

Prompted by the invisible enemy of air pollution Leni has worked with the Chemistry department of University College London (UCL), to create an

Clothes Line by Brian Callinan. Photo: Pete Millson. b-side festival 2018.
Event

Clothes Line

Chesil Beach
Portland

Brian is constructing a sculpture, which aligns with the clear, distant horizon. It’s reminiscent of a clothesline: a transient place to hang

The Portland Lookalike Agency
Event

The Portland Lookalike Agency Screening

Royal Manor Theatre
Portland

The Portland Lookalike Agency is a fictitious organisation that can provide celebrity lookalikes drawn from the real residents of Portland. Over

Endangered Dust
Event

Endangered Dust

Portland Museum
Portland

Installation and Land Artist Rosie Leventon has recently been making work referring to vernacular architecture – anything from termite mounds to

Mobile bronze foundry
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Performative Bronze Casting: Portland Plaque Series

The Old Engine Shed
Portland

Katie Surridge and Stephen Coles met through their passion for sculpture when Surridge used Coles workshop foundry in Shaftesbury to get help

Want to see what we programmed for 2018 Festival?

The 2018 Guide can be viewed online with our interactive reader. You can also download a PDF copy using the link below. 

Download festival guide