Festival 2016

9th17th September 2016
Portland

"We've been entertained, welcomed, challenged. I love being assaulted by things out of the ordinary..."

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 intriguing island. Extraordinary, playful, witty and challenging our programme emerges from conversations between artists, producers and the residents of Portland.

Thousands of visitors enjoyed a generous mix of free and ticketed events that included brand new work in film, visual art, sound and live art created especially for the festival, artist talks, workshops, bus tours, a pop up outdoor cinema, a Reliant Robin parade, underground goings-on and intriguing bending of truths at The Portland Office for Imaginary History plus much more.

See all the wonderful images from b-side Festival 2016 HERE

“Really appreciated everything I saw. The whole experience pushed the borders of what I considered to be art last week! Thank you.”

2016 Festival Visitor

Project events

Event

Then Listens for Returning Echoes

10th18th September 2016
On board 'The Coastal Guardian"
Portland

Emma Critchley has worked underwater for over a decade using photography, film, sound and installation to continually explore the human

Event

The Sonic Anomaly Sideshow

10th18th September 2016
High Angle Battery
Portland

Lee Berwick works mainly with sound, exploring the way it behaves in different resonant spaces, to create installations with sounds that relate

Weather Station presented by OSR Projects
Event

Weather Station

10th18th September 2016
Drill Hall
Portland

A giant inflatable ball becomes the Weather Station, a mobile pavilion for the collection of images, objects and ideas. An artist-led response to

Want to see what we programmed for 2016 Festival?

The 2018 Guide can be viewed online, you can also download a PDF copy using the link below. 

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