Portland Library

Text Outside a Book

Monday 2nd June 2014
Portland

A partnership project with Dorset Libraries.

Tophill Library and The Sugar Loaf Cafe welcomed b-side artists Ania Bas and Paul Soulellis.

Ania Bas based herself at The Sugar Loaf Cafe meeting café customers and staff and writing micro-narratives together. These micro-stories were engraved on The Sugar Loaf Café’s cutlery to be used on daily basis by unsuspecting customers. Forks and knives carry various narratives: fiction and true stories, tales of loss, hope and love. A spoon, a fork tells one story - a knife, a teaspoon another. 

During the month of June artist and designer Paul Soulellis was artist in residence at Portland Tophill Library collecting content and ideas for Portlander, a print-on-demand, community newsprint publication. Out and about on Portland including riding with the Mobile Library van Paul gathered material from Portland communities and designed a multi-layered, diverse expression of local life and history.

Creative writing, essays, folklore, photography, drawings, maps, digital art, found material, poetry and recipes all found their way to Paul and any residents of Portland were invited to contribute—regardless of age, education or artistic experience. Portlander is a participatory publication—all material contributed from residents was included and freely distributed back to residents and visitors during the b-side festival in September 2014.

During 2014 Festival both publications on paper and microfictions on cutlery had a platform at the festival and were seen and used by thousands of Festival visitors, as part of the 'Text Outside a Book' project b-side also hosted 'Lost in Words' by artist Lewis Gibson in Easton Gardens. Commissioned by Fuel Theatre this intimate and immersive installation in a garden shed takes visitors on an interactive journey through a good book.

 This project was funded by Arts Council Libraries Fund

 

Project events

Ania Bas
Event

Literary Cutlery

5th14th September 2014
The Sugar Loaf Cafe
Portland

Over the Summer Ania Bas was resident artist at Tophill Library and The Sugar Loaf Cafe on Portland, meeting café customers and staff and writing

Paul Soulellis
Event

Portlander

5th14th September 2014
Available at all Festival sites and venues
Portland

Portlander

A free, public publication

During June this year New York based artist Paul Soulellis was in residence at Portland

Lewis Gibson
Event

Lost in Words

13th September
Easton Gardens
Portland

A quiet and gentle haven in the hubbub of our busy lives, we bring you a short experience to celebrate the simple things in life. Lewis Gibson’s

Project artists

Artist
Artist

Project resources

red and blue cutlery
Resource
Document

Literary Cutlery - a risograph publication by Ania Bas