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.

“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

Strangers - Notter’s Travelling Charm Shop

9th17th September 2016
Notter’s Travelling Charm Shop
Portland

Katarina has created a series of artworks based upon a collection of Portland diaries from the 18th and 19th centuries, combined with historical

Event

The Rock: Above and Below (Bus Stops)

9th17th September 2016
Look out for Bus Stops & Billboards around Portland
Portland

Beautiful large scale photographs of Portland exhibited at bus stops and billboards as one large scale outdoor gallery. Portraits of members of

Project artists

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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