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Common Lands

22nd November 201931st December 2023

‘Common Lands’ is b-side’s new three-year programme.

The project is an ambitious multi-layered, multidisciplinary, multi-stranded project. It will incorporate community-led research, workshops, seminars and discussion events, artist residencies and commissions/artist interpretations. Common Lands will explore the physical and environmental context: erosion, land exploitation, biodiversity and climate change, together with the human, social context: migration, displacement, land ownership, and rights. 

From notions of collective stewardship of our planet to conflict around individual ownership, contested territories and borders, the custodianship of and responsibility for our land and oceans is a continuing debate. Human environmental impact and the climate crisis requires an urgent global, community and individual response. As policies of growth and the impact of climate change collide, the opportunities to develop a sustainable community are challenged.

The first iteration of 'Common Lands' artist commissions and residencies will be part of b-side Festival 2021 - artists and projects to be announced soon.

Using the isle of Portland as a microcosm 'Common Lands' will explore our relationship to and with land – both here and elsewhere.