Performers at sea front

b-side Festival 2018

7th15th September 2018

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


Portland Stone Rehabilitation Centre

8th16th September 2018
High Angle Battery

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

Kamra-e-faoree by Farhad Berahman. Photo: Molly Scarborough. b-side festival 2018.


8th16th September 2018
St Georges Church

Farhad has created a series of hand tinted photographic portraits of Portland residents taken in places that have a special connection for them -

'Monuments of Portland' by Tim Spooner. Photo by Pete Millson. b-side festival 2018.

Monuments of Portland

8th16th September 2018
The Man Shed

Monuments of Portland, explores Portland’s rich palette of natural and synthetic materials, its landscape of varied terrains and layers of history

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