Festival 2016

9th17th September 2016

"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

Weather Station presented by OSR Projects

Weather Station

10th18th September 2016
Drill Hall

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

Sound installation St Georges Church

Unseen and Unheard Things

10th18th September 2016
St George's Church

Artist Debbie Adele Cooper has been researching letters written by Conscientious Objectors; in particular an undiscovered diary of a young Quaker

Ruin Gazer at Rufus Castle

Ruin Gazer (Cove Holiday Park)

10th September
Hayloft Cafe picnic area, Cove Holiday Park

Bridgette Ashton’s ‘Ruin Gazer’ platform acts as a pavilion, monument, and meeting place, inviting audiences to compose a ‘picturesque’ vista of

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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